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Veteran With Health Problems? You May Be Able to File a Claim

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Fighting in wars is no easy task. Many people have died fighting for this country. Of the servicemembers who have survived, many have suffered serious physical and mental issues. Some continue to suffer from ailments decades after leaving the service. In fact, millions of veterans are disabled due to service-connected injuries and medical conditions…. Read More »

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Reconsideration Stage Being Added Back to Social Security Disability Process

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

The Social Security Disability process can be quite lengthy. That’s because there are various stages involved. Oddly enough, not every state has the same process or stages. For example, 10 states (including New York) no longer have the reconsideration stage. The reconsideration stage is typically the first opportunity in which a claim can be… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits Denied for Telecommuter Who Tripped Over Dog

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

In the past, working involved going to a physical place of employment. In the past decade, however, more and more employers have granted the option to telecommute, which allows employees to work at home, a coffee shop or other location away from the office. While remote work offers many benefits for employees and employers… Read More »

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Blue Water Veterans Fighting for Benefits

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

The Vietnam War lasted 20 years—from 1955 to 1975. During this time, thousands of veterans were exposed to Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide. One of Agent Orange’s active ingredients is a type of dioxin called TCDD. This is the most dangerous dioxin, and is considered a carcinogen. Short-term exposure can cause skin problems such… Read More »

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First Responders May Get Workers’ Comp Benefits for PTSD

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When you think of a person getting hurt in the workplace, you may imagine someone breaking a bone, hurting their back or suffering a concussion. However, a workplace injury can also be emotional or psychological in nature. Many workers, such as first responders, experience events during the course of their jobs that causes them… Read More »

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Veteran With Health Problems? You May Be Able to File a Claim

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Fighting in wars is no easy task. Many people have died fighting for this country. Of the service members who have survived, many have suffered serious physical and mental issues. Some continue to suffer from ailments decades after leaving the service. In fact, millions of veterans are disabled due to service-connected injuries and medical… Read More »

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Be Careful What You Post Online: Social Security is Watching

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Social media has taken over the lives of many people. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram users often post photos and updates on a daily basis. This eagerness to share all the details of one’s life, however, can end up being a costly mistake. If you have filed a claim with a government agency—such as… Read More »

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Possible Changes to Workers’ Compensation in 2019

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

The new year could bring about some changes to various state workers’ compensation programs. Instead of treating injured employees like claimants, they will be treated to a more customer-oriented experience to help them deal with their injuries as a whole. Injured employees can expect to receive better care tailored to their individual injuries, resulting… Read More »

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Veterans Denied Benefits to See New Appeal Options Soon

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Veterans have worked hard to defend their country and should not have to worry about getting their benefits denied. In the past, veterans have had to wait many months and even years to get the benefits they deserve. A new process is hoping to change that. Starting February 19, the Department of Veterans Affairs… Read More »

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Man Forced to Pay Back $134,000 in Social Security Disability Payments

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Social Security Disability payments are a much-needed benefit for those who are disabled to the point where they cannot work and earn income. However, many people try to take advantage of the system and claim benefits even though they are still able to work. Some even continue to work, reaping income from two sources…. Read More »

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