In brief, the answer is “yes,” you can receive both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time. However, there is an offset that reduces your SSDI payments so that the combined payment from SSDI and workers’ compensation is no greater than 80 percent of your income prior to […]
New Orleans VA Disability Benefits: Pain Alone Can Be A “Disability”
A recent case from the Federal Circuit on VA disability benefits has held that pain alone can be the basis for a veteran’s disability rating nullifying a long-standing Veterans’ Appeal Court precedent. See Saunders v. Wilkie, Case No. 2017-1466 (US Fed. Cir. April 3, 2018) (“Saunders”). Prior to Saunders,the VA and the Veterans’ Court of Appeal […]
New Orleans VA Disability Benefits: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussive Syndrome
Traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”) are among the most common for veterans. Statistics show that 19 percent of veterans may have TBI and that over 260,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with TBI. Some TBI’s are easy to diagnose, such as being shot in the head; however, TBI is on a […]
Can My New Orleans SSDI Benefits Be Terminated? What is a Continuing Disability Review?
If you are a New Orleans or Louisiana citizen currently receiving Social Security disability benefits, you should be aware that your disability benefits do not automatically continue forever. There are certain events that will trigger a loss of SSDI benefits (such as being incarcerated). In addition, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) conducts reviews of every […]
Can I Receive SSDI and Disability Benefits from a Private Insurance Company?
If you watch television, you have probably seen the advertisements involving the duck that quacks for an insurance company that provides disability insurance. That has been a very effective advertising campaign as many people and companies have signed up for the insurance. Sometimes, we here at Ascend Disability Lawyers, LLC receive questions regarding whether a […]
Can I Get SSDI Benefits for Depression in New Orleans?
Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression? If so, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits (“SSDI”). Many people are hesitant to admit that they are unable to work — or are limited in their ability to work — because of an emotional or mental condition. But such conditions are common. About one […]
New Orleans Veterans: Can I Reopen My VA Disability Claim?
Many New Orleans veterans mistakenly believe that if the VA denies their claim for disability they are prevented from ever filing again. However, denied claims can be reopened at any time. Indeed, reopening a claim can be an alternative to appealing a denial. You will need a Louisiana attorney experienced with VA disability claims to […]
VA Benefits in Louisiana: What is the Individual Unemployability Benefit Program?
The Individual Unemployability (“IU”) benefit program is a Veteran’s Administration (“VA”) disability program that allows for veterans to be paid VA benefits at the 100 percent disability rate, even if the veteran has not been rated at 100 percent for their service-connected disabilities. As discussed below, recent budget proposals by the Trump Administration threatened to […]
What Medical Conditions Will Qualify Me for SSDI in Louisiana?
New Orleans and Louisiana residents are eligible for Social Security Disability (“SSDI”) benefits if they have a disease or injury or physical/mental limitation that makes it impossible to work, or limits them from working. Obtaining SSDI benefits is linked to your ability to work or engage in gainful employment. What medical conditions are eligible can […]
What Are Some Of The Class-Action Claims Against SSDI?
When lawsuits are brought over Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), frequently they involve claims that have been denied under the justification that there’s insufficient medical evidence to demonstrate a disability. Denial of claims can sometimes happen if there are missing medical records, an inadequate medical statement, and/or a medical statement done by a doctor that […]