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Disability and the 24 Month Medicare Waiting Period

One of the key benefits of getting on Social Security Disability (SSD, also known as SSDI) is the access to Medicare before the age of 65. Unfortunately, Congress has long imposed a two year waiting period on the disabled who are under the age of 65 before they can qualify. Of course if you are receiving SSI, you should qualify […]

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Social Security Disability and Diabetes

When it comes to evaluating disability for persons who have diabetes, either Type I or Type II, Social Security regulations have undergone significant changes in the last 10 years. For many years, the Social Security Administration had a specific “listing of impairment” that included diabetes mellitus. However, about 10 years ago they dropped diabetes from their listings of impairments and […]

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Applying for Social Security Disability

In my worker’s compensation practice, those who are unable to work often ask about applying for Social Security disability. If they don’t ask, I will take the time to advise them of the advantage of receiving Social Security disability in addition to their worker’s compensation benefit. Applying for these benefits is easy. If you have a computer at home, you […]

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Your Right to Choose Your Medical Provider

When you are injured on the job, or suffer an occupational disease, your first steps will be to obtain a medical provider and to file an industrial insurance claim. All too often, workers are told by an employer, or someone in a Human Resources department with the employer, that they need to go to a particular medical provider. Such a […]

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Liability Waivers in Washington Personal Injury Cases

If you or your children have ever participated in activities such as organized sports or fun-runs, attended a motocross or racing event, or even perhaps ridden carnival rides, it’s likely you signed a liability waiver. The basic idea of the waiver is to release one party from all liability related to its services, including negligent acts, if something does in […]

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Bicycles Versus Cars – what to know to keep you safe

In the spring, summer and fall months in Eastern Washington we see a lot of bicyclists out enjoying the beautiful weather, getting some exercise, or commuting to work. When a bicyclist is on the roadway, however, there are specific laws in place to protect not on the bicyclist, but pedestrians and even those operating vehicles. So what are the laws […]

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Personal Injury Jury Trial Experience for Client

After completing two jury trials recently, it caused me to reflect on what the experience must be like the client. From the attorney’s perspective, there is so much taking place in regard to presenting the case in an effective manner that we are at risk of not appreciating the emotional turmoil experienced by the client. For probably the first time […]

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Facing the Truth about your Health

Whether filing for Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Worker’s Compensation, coming to terms with the panoply of medical conditions that render you disabled is often a difficult challenge. As human beings, we derive pleasure and meaning from being productive, from contributing to our families, to our communities, through the work we do. Many times we are […]

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Getting Your Claim Reopened for Worsening Injuries or Conditions

Last month I wrote about the basics of getting a claim reopened after a closing order has become final. The statute of limitations for doing so, as I pointed out in that article, is seven years from the date of the first, final closing order. But the question arises: what is the legal basis for getting a claim reopened? The […]

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