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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Pay Your Respect to Disabled Veterans and First-Responders This Fourth of July

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this Thursday, keep in mind the people who keep this country safe: law enforcement officials, firefighters, EMS workers, veterans and troops. These great people are the backbone to our democracy and they deserve our support at all times, not just holidays. Because these workers have such high-pressure, high-stress, high-risk jobs, it is important to remember that many suffer from debilitation injuries. Some of the most common disabilities sustained by first-responders, troops and veterans include: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Hypertension Amputation Eye injuries Hearing loss Spinal cord injuries Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) Toxic exposure to radiation Diseases related to air exposure Arthritis Sleep apnea Chronic fatigue syndrome While some of these great Americans seek relief for their injuries through workers’ compensation or veterans benefits, many are unaware that they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. It is possible for many disabled…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: June is PTSD Awareness Month

According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The VA says that up to 20 percent of military members return from deployment with signs of PTSD, while up to 8 percent of the country’s population is affected by the disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as an “anxiety condition prompted by a frightening incident and recurring overwhelming thoughts about the episode.” The Huffington Post recently ran an article that said the following symptoms are signs of PTSD: Feeling hopeless about your future Having a difficult time concentrating Having a difficult time remembering Feeling more angry and irritable Feeling crushing shame and guilt over the event Having a challenging time maintain relationships Difficulty sleeping Seeing and hearing things that are not there Becoming easily frightened and startled Feeling a lack of focus Severe crying spells If you suffer from PTSD,…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Make Sure You Pay Your Student Loans if You Collect Benefits

The country is currently facing a student loan epidemic—last year, a report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Department of Education showed that student loan debt stands at more than $1 trillion nationally. With this in mind, it should be noted that if you collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you have outstanding student loan debt, your income could be garnished if you slip into default. Nearly 15 percent of student loan borrowers are currently in default on their loans, with an average balance of $23,300—a troubling statistic when you consider that discharging student loan debt is a very hard task. While there are limits on how much can be taken, if you have federal student loans, your benefits from both the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration can be garnished. It should be noted…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Changes May Be Coming to Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Laws

According to the Associated Press, Oklahoma may have new workers’ compensation laws soon, as Senate Bill 1062, which requires Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature to become law, awaits approval. SB 1062 places limits on workers’ compensation benefits and is considered a step backwards by disability and labor advocates. According to the AP, SB 1062 will: Change the state’s court system and replace it with an administrative one beginning Feb. 1, 2014, with three appointed commissioners instead of 10 judges. Require compensation to employees who suffer temporary disability to be capped at 70 percent of the state average weekly wage, or about $540 per week, and award payments for 104 weeks instead of 156. Compensate employees who suffer permanent disability while on the job to be capped at $343 per week for a total of 350 weeks instead of 520. Allow employees to make a one-time change to a treating physician, but…
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