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  • Illegal Alien's Workers Compensation Rights in Virginia

    As a Virginia Workers Compensation practitioner for 35 years I often have to respond to questions about illegal aliens and their workers compensation rights. The Commonwealth of Virginia has decided to provide partial Virginia Workers Compensation benefits to illegal aliens whe...

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  • Why Not Sue Your Employer for a Workplace Accident in Virginia?

    The Virginia Workers' Compensation Law was adopted in 1918. The law provides compensation for lost wages and medical benefits. The common law right to sue the employer for the work place injuries in Virginia was abolished. However, the employer lost the right to defend the accide...

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  • 88 Impairments Get Immediate Disability

    Many people are frustrated because applying for Social Security Disability can take so long. In an effort to streamline the process there has been an effort to identify certain types of cancer and other conditions that would allow a finding of "immediate disability" approval. In...

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  • Disability for Scleroderma

    I had a recent case involving a 46 year old with severe scleroderma of the hands and other parts of the body. Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by hardening of body tissue (fibrosis). Mr. Smith had a difficult time walking and using his hands for any gainf...

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  • Can you get Social Security Disabilty for Obesity?

    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 wi...

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  • 5 Important Factors in a Social Security Disability Claim

    5 important factors in Social Security Disability.

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  • Why the Commission will reject a Virginia Workers Comp Settlement

    The Commission does have to approve a Virginia Workers Comp Settlement. These are reasons why they may not be approved.

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  • Virginia Workers Compensation & the FMLA

    As a Virginia Workers Compensation practitioner many of my clients want to know what job protection they have when they have an injury. The FMLA (the Family and Medical Leave Act) is a federal law that provides job protection for 90 days for any type of family emergency including...

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  • Social Security Disability, Workers Compensation & the Dangers of Facebook

    This happened in Canada and it could happen here. A woman on disability in Canada lost her disability as a result of the activities she reported on Facebook. According to the Associated Press Ms. Blanchard was on disability leave for depression from IBM. She had been on disabilit...

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  • A Virginia Workers Compensation Settlement--10 Items to Consider

    These are the 10 things to consider when settling.

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