Daily Archives April 10, 2015

Obesity: Can it be disabling?

Obesity: Can it be disabling?

by: Gerald G. Lutkenhaus

Social Security has a set of Impairment Listings. At one time “obesity” had an impairment listing. Thus, if the applicant was of a certain height and weight, then the applicant received Disability. For example, if you were 5’2″ and 300 pounds, then you were well on your way to winning a Disability Case if you had any impairments in addition to your “obesity”.
In 1999, Social Security changed the Rules and deleted the Impairment Listing for “obesity”. Social Security did say it would consider the effects of “obesity” with regard to other listed impairments such as respiratory impairments, cardiovascular impairments, and muscoloskeletal impairments (back problems).
In a recent case I had a young lady who was 400 pounds and had spinal ste...

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How to Prosecute Libel and Slander in the UK

How to Prosecute Libel and Slander in the UK

by: Jefferson Highway, General Counsel

Defamation of character can be a serious business in the UK. But what exactly is slander? And what is libel? Both are defined as a false statement made by one individual about another individual with the intent to harm defamed person’s reputation in some way. The statement qualifies as slander if it is delivered verbally, whereas the statement is libel if it is published in some other way (for example by being written, or televised). To win a defamation case, you must generally act within 1 year of the defamation, and you need to prove to the court’s satisfaction that:-

The statement harms your reputation (an insult, for example, wouldn’t do it...

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Social Security Disability FAQ

Social Security Disability FAQ

by: Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law

WHAT ARE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS?
Social Security Disability is a benefit received from the Social Security Administration by disabled workers and in some cases their dependents, similar to those received by retired workers.
WHO QUALIFIES?
To receive benefits under the Social Security Disability program, you must have a physical or mental health problem (or a combination of problems) severe enough to keep you from working in any regular paying job for at least one year. The test isn’t whether or not you are able to go back to your old job, and the test isn’t whether or not you have been able to find a job lately. Rather, the test is whether you are capable of doing any job available in the national economy...

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Why Probate?

Why Probate?

by: David R. Baker

Why Probate?
Nobody voluntarily chooses probate. People are too busy or preoccupied with health or other issues to plan. They pass away without a living trust and their heirs—-usually their children—- find that they can’t sell Mom or Dad’s house without a court order or can’t transfer Mom or Dad’s bank account without court approval. Even with a will, they may be forced to file a probate proceeding.
Alternatives to Probate
Because probate is expensive and time consuming, a responsible attorney first tries to determine if there is an alternative to probate...

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Your Social Security Approval Package (Finally, th

Your Social Security Approval Package (Finally, the Long Wait is Over!)

by: Lala Balattan

Back and forth to the Disability Determination Services (DDS)… Arranging and rearranging data and documents for applications, appeals and motion of requests… Monthly contacts with the Social Security Administration Claims Rep and the DDS examiner… After endless consultations with your legal counsel or representatives, after many, many series of medical consultations and examinations, and finally, after too many false hopes and expectations… Your patience and determination has been rewarded! You have received the ultimate information relating the approval of your Disability Benefit claim!
So, what now?
Usually, the letter sent to you by the SSA informing you of your claim approval will show the...

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