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March 2017 Archives

Disability Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Case

Eastern Kentucky Social Security Attorney Eric Conn has recently plead guilty to one count of stealing from the Social Security Administration and one count of paying illegal gratuities to a federal judge.

Will the Bureau of Workers' Compensation reimburse me for my loved one's funeral expenses?

Revised Code § 4123.66 authorizes the Bureau to pay reasonable funeral expenses in an amount not exceeding $5,500 if death results from a covered injury or occupational disease. The Bureau may reimburse anyone, whether that person is a dependent, a volunteer, or someone who otherwise pays the funeral expenses. A 1959 amendment authorized reimbursement of a volunteer. The cost of treatment by medical personnel given in an effort to revive the employee, including ambulance service, oxygen, injections, and the like, is also reimbursable in death claims. 

What is DWRF?

DWRF is an acronym that stands for Disabled Workers Relief Fund. This fund was created to assist injured workers who have been declared permanently and totally disabled whose compensation rates have not kept pace with inflation and the cost of living. DWRF eligibility is determined automatically for every injured worker who is declared permanently and totally disabled (PTD). No action on the part of the injured worker is needed. DWRF eligibility is based on the combined total of permanent toal disability and Social Security disability received by the injured worker. 

The Plague on Social Security Disability Claims

Help FB.jpgGetting approved for Social Security Disability claims are no walk in the park. You would think it would be much easier but the process can be very long and repetitive. 

How Much Does SSI Pay?

While SSI is a federal program (administered by the Social Security Administration), and the federal government pays a standard base rate of $735 per month, most SSI recipients receive more or less than the federal benefit rate. For starters, the federal benefit rate for couples is of $1,103, which you'll get if you are married and your spouse is eligible for SSI benefits as well. In addition, the federal rate amount regularly changes with cost of living increases.

What is an intentional tort?

R.C. 2745.01 defines an intentional tort as occurring where an employee's injury occurred because the employer acted "with the intent to injure" or "with the belief that the injury was substantially certain to occur." The statute defines "substantially certain" to require "deliberate intent." An intentional tort can also occur if the employer deliberately removed a safety guard or misrepresented a hazardous or toxic substance.

The Social Security Benefits Application Process

To apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI benefits based on disability, a person must first make a claim (fill out an application). This is done by contacting the Social Security office, either by phone or by visiting a local office. Those who are making SSD claims can file online.

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