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Health Issue Forcing Early Retirement? Consider Social Security Disability Benefits

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

While most Americans are eligible to start receiving Social Security checks at age 62, they can maximize their payments by working until age 70. Because of this, many people delay retirement. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. Some people are forced to stop working earlier than they expected due to a health issue…. Read More »

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New York Family Seeks Posthumous Workers’ Compensation Settlement

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

A New York family is fighting a legal battle over workers’ compensation benefit payments after the death of a worker. Nearly $19,000 is owed to a husband/father who died in 2018, but worked multiple jobs to provide for his family. The man was given 350 weeks of disability payment and had 38.8 weeks left… Read More »

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Access to Home for Heroes for Veterans

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

While veterans benefits are typically federal in nature, each state does have special benefits in place limited to residents only. While that may seem great, the problem is that these benefits are not always widely known. Because they are not publicized, they don’t get used often. Don’t let this happen to you. If you… Read More »

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Can You Get Workers’ Compensation if You Get COVID-19 in New York?

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

The coronavirus is still rapidly spreading throughout the United States. New York, which was considered the epicenter of this deadly disease, is still seeing many cases. So far, there have been 413,000 cases in the state, with more than 32,000 deaths. Many people are contracting COVID-19 through the workplace. This is especially true for… Read More »

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Social Security Disability as Income Protection

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The past few months have shown that losing a steady paycheck for a month or longer can have serious effects. Most people live paycheck to paycheck and have no savings to help them. The same thing can happen when a person becomes… Read More »

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Veterans to Possibly See Cost-of-Living Increase in 2021

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

2020 has been a rough year for many Americans so far, and we’re only just about halfway through it. For veterans, though, there is a glimmer of hope as the House passes a cost-of-living increase for recipients of veterans benefits. On May 28, House lawmakers passed legislation approving a benefits increase. However, their job… Read More »

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Benefits Available for Gay Veterans

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

In the past, being anything but a straight male or female would have gotten you discharged from the military. That’s why the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was enforced decades ago. Servicemen and women tried hard to not disclose their sexual orientation. They kept quiet and stayed “in the closet” during their time of… Read More »

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Mother Unable to Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Son’s Workplace Death

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

As a parent, it can be upsetting to learn that your child was killed in a workplace accident. It can be even more devastating to learn that the employer is failing to take responsibility for the death and even the workers’ compensation system is denying you any compensation for damages. Sadly, this is the… Read More »

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Downward Trend in Opioid Prescriptions for Workers’ Compensation Patients

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

Injured in a workplace accident? You’re not alone. Many people experience slips, trips and falls as well as machinery malfunctions while at work. Every year, more than 4,000 people are killed in workplace accidents and many more are injured. These workplace accidents can lead to a variety of injuries, including head trauma, back and… Read More »

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How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits During a Pandemic

By Michael Lawrence Varon, PLLC |

When a person becomes disabled and can no longer work and earn an income, they may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits are available to you and your immediate family if you meet the criteria. You must have earned sufficient credits by working for a sufficient period of time. You must have… Read More »

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