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Why Do Paperwork Errors Cause SSDI/SSI Rejections?

By far the most common reason that people have their applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denied is due to paperwork errors. These often simple mistakes are easy to make, and often easy to correct, and yet they result in more denials than any other. But why are paperwork errors such a common problem, and what can you do to avoid them?

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Why Do Veterans Struggle to Get Benefits for Burn Pit Exposure?

It is estimated that around four million veterans are currently living with the effects of burn pit exposure, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In theory, most or all of these veterans are eligible for disability benefits through the VA, but many of them must fight hard to be able to access those benefits. So why do veterans struggle to get benefits for burn pit exposure?

What is Burn Pit Exposure?

In simple terms, burn pit exposure is when someone suffers from toxic side effects as a result of breathing in smoke from burn pits. These burn pits were commonly used by the military to dispose of various types of waste, some of which are unsafe for humans. People who suffer from this issue often struggle with negative health consequences years after their military service, with the effects often not showing up until long after they have retired.

How Do Veterans Get Exposed to Burn Pits?

Generally speaking, burn pit exposure occurs in veterans when they serve in the military, due to the smoke from the pits blowing downwind. Given how common these burn pits are, or were, it can become nearly unavoidable for someone to be exposed to the toxic chemicals disposed of by the pit. However, even people who have never served in the military in an official capacity may suffer negative health consequences as a result of being too close to burn pits.

What Are the Effects of Burn Pit Exposure?

Due to the sheer variety of substances involved in burn pit exposure, it is nearly impossible to list all the potential health effects. However, broadly speaking, many veterans suffering from this problem have been found to have a high incidence of otherwise rare medical conditions, such as certain types of cancer, as well as Parkinson’s disease. As a general rule, however, it requires a formal medical exam to determine if a specific condition may have been the result of exposure to toxic burn pits.

What Should You Do?

If you are a veteran who suffered from burn pit exposure, you should make sure to speak to a doctor as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. You should also speak to a lawyer with experience handling veterans disability claims. They can help guide you through the process of obtaining benefits and ensure you get the help you need for your condition.

The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. Our veterans’ disability lawyers are still available for remote consultation on your legal issues. Call our office at (800) 395-7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.

SSA Warns People to Be Wary of Social Security Scams

On March 7, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it was celebrating its annual “Slam the Scam” day, warning people of the danger of Social Security scams. This day is meant to bring greater awareness of these types of scams to the general public to help them avoid being harmed by various types of fraud. Recipients of Social Security benefits should always remember to protect their personal information, and always be careful of advertisements or attempts at communication that do not come through official channels.

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Benefits For Women Veterans Up 26% in Five Years

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has announced a new record, delivering more benefits to women veterans than ever before. The amount of benefits delivered to female veterans increased by 26% over the course of five years. This dramatic increase in benefits is a sign of the VA’s continued efforts to reach out to women veterans to ensure they access the benefits they are rightly entitled to.

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Five Reasons You Might Need Social Security Disability Benefits

Every year, around two million people apply for Social Security disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The reasons that people do so are incredibly varied, because every person’s circumstances are unique. Here are five reasons why you might need to apply for Social Security disability benefits:

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Seeking Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD

Veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a significantly higher rate than the rest of the population. When this condition is the result of experiences suffered during their military service, it can qualify them for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). So how do you go about seeking disability benefits as a veteran with PTSD?

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How Can a Lawyer Help You With Your SSDI or SSI Application?

While it is entirely possible to fill out an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on your own, the fact of the matter is that you should always consider speaking to an experienced lawyer first. Without their help, you are potentially inviting a greater risk of serious problems that could impede your ability to get disability benefits. But how exactly can a lawyer help with your SSDI or SSI application? Continue reading “How Can a Lawyer Help You With Your SSDI or SSI Application?”

1.3 Million Veterans Seek Disability Benefits For Toxic Exposure

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has reported that approximately 1.5 million veterans have sought disability benefits due to medical conditions related to toxic exposure. These applications came after the passage of the PACT Act, which was created to assist veterans with getting benefits for disabilities related to toxic exposure they may have experienced during their service. It is a positive sign that the VA’s outreach efforts have been effective, but there is still more work to be done.

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Five Economic Reasons Your SSDI/SSI Claim Might Be Rejected

When people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they often do not realize there is an economic as well as medical aspect to their qualifications. For those who are not careful, it is possible to get disqualified on an economic basis even if you would otherwise qualify for disability benefits. Here are five economic reasons your SSDI or SSI claim might be rejected:

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Why You Should Get Legal Help With Your VA Disability Claim

While in theory you can file your claim for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) on your own, that is not necessarily a good idea. Without legal assistance you could run into serious problems, during or after filling out your application. Here is why you should make sure you get legal help with your VA disability claim:

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