Category Archives: Disease Claims

Structured Settlement Protection Act Passed in Virginia

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An injured plaintiff may be awarded a structured settlement for personal injuries or sickness suffered due to no fault of his or her own.  Structured settlements are periodic payments designed to protect at-risk victims from spending all of the award money at once. It is not uncommon for purchasing companies to prey on disabled and/or

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Pending Social Security Claims Hit the One Million Mark

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With average processing times for Social Security claims hitting 511 days as of July, 2015, it is no surprise that the number of pending claims at the hearing level hit the one million mark in November of last year. In fact, the number of pending Social Security claims has continued to increase every month and

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Demolition of Workers Comp — Truth or Hyperbole of the Highest Order?

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It seems we were not the only ones to notice and comment on the recent NPR/ProPublica series on our nation’s workers’ comp system. Entitled “The Demolition of Workers’ Comp,” the NPR/ProPublica piece is an investigation into workers’ comp in the United States.  It presents a scathing depiction of an inconsistent and difficult-to-navigate system once designed

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The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation

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National Public Radio (NPR) has published a thorough and revealing article on our workers’ compensation (WC) system. (Click here to listen to the audio.) The article starts with a concise summary of the history of workers’ comp in the United States.  WC began in the early 1900’s, as industrialization put workers at an increased risk

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precauations for workers who may be exposed to Ebola should be paramount

Can a Worker with Ebola File a Workers’ Comp Claim?

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The recent outbreak of Ebola has people from all walks of life on edge.  Schools in areas where children could possibly come into contact with children who had possibly come into contact with a suspected Ebola patient were closed.  Health care workers and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been scrambling to develop protocols

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