At this posting by another blogger there is a discussion on working while you pursue Social Security disability. Those who do work must realize that their work efforts can mean a Judge at the appeal/hearing stage will deny the claim figuring you can work enough not to be disabled. So trying to just earn some money can be dangerous to your claim although it may also show you are doing the best you can and still cannot earn a substantial amount. Be aware that any claim in this area really is asserting you are entitled to total disability benefits so any work is carefully reviewed. In any event the topic is discussed in the link.
The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in the Leffler case to uphold the decision to add $4800.00 for partial amputation of the index and middle finger. The claimant had this happen while involved with a sod harvesting machine. This added benefit decision was appealed by the insurer by asserting that benefit only applied to "stumps" and fingers are not "stumps". The case is a simple and quick read but it amazes me that the insurer appealed. The cost to appeal to the Court of Appeals is far more then $4800.00 since it goes from the deciding judge to the Industrial Claim Appeals Panel to the Court. Quite a bit of legal work is devoted to such an appeal. I am not saying the insurer did not have a right to address this issue in an appeal. But it seems impractical and going forward with an appeal to clear up what is a stump for all future cases seems a bit of a waste. After all how many such cases are there? I have always believed that extremity injuries to include hands and fingers can be devastating matters for some people. Imagine if you were a surgeon or piano player or even a carpenter. You can lose your trade and receive a low sum for the injury. So getting a few bucks such as was done in Leffler is better then nothing.
There are times when some are poor or disabled with no way to obtain needed medications. In this article from the Gazette in Colorado Springs we see where there is one resource for those who cannot afford it and have no insurance coverage. Those involved with TLC Pharmacy deserve a great big thank you from all of us! In any event please be aware that they can be another source of help when insurers are playing the denial game or where there is no insurance coverage. A fair number of workers comp cases are contested and as such they are disputing that there is any insurance at all. Sometimes the claim never is allowed. At least there is one resource out there that may help with your medications.
A few weeks ago the Pinnacol CEO was interviewed. I just came across it and thought it would be interesting to see what he had to say. You can read what he said here. Pinnacol is still interested in what he calls "separation" from the state which to me still means autonomy. He points out that premiums for businesses have been reduced by 50% over the past 5 years. He also believes the economy is still not that great. Pinnacol tracks payrolls and they are not picking up. My impression and the statistics I've seen suggest that claims are down and have been declining for several years. In fact in my view it started even before the latest economic turndown. Are jobs being shipped overseas? What do you think? The problem this country may be facing is how do you remain a consumer when your income is down? But whether injured or unemployed we really should make a committment as a nation to retraining and vocational rehabilitation. If we are losing assembly line jobs we need to replace them with desk and tech and skilled trade jobs.
"...this is the cause of my life, new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American -- north, south, east, west, young, old -- will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege." Ted Kennedy Aug 26, 2008 (Update: June 28, 2012 the US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare)
Do We Pass the Test?
"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
I've been living in beautiful Colorado and practicing law for over 35 years. It's been a great place to raise a family. Originally from New York I settled here, married here and raised two daughters, Jenny and Mary. I practiced near downtown Colorado Springs but now consider myself "retired" so I am not taking any more legal matters, clients or cases but I appreciate being able to help as many clients as I could for so many years. Now I especially enjoy my retirement time with family including 4 special ones...a grandson, Max, twin granddaughters, Penny and Cici and last but not least grandson Eliot. You can contact me at my email address which is email@example.com.
In the past we offered free consultations in cases but we are not taking any more legal matters or cases as retirement calls. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We've been protecting injured workers for many years and truly went the distance for many people. We made a difference for most of them and stood up for right not might. If you need an attorney I suggest you find someone where you live who offers free consultations. Also I urge you to discuss your case with an attorney if at all possible. This field is technical and complex. I would even call it tricky so seek advice from an attorney. If that is not possible call the Colorado Division of Workers Compensation customer service section for helpful information.
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Special Personal News on Cici, our grandaughter (September 2011)
Nearly 3 years ago our grandaughter Cici had a serious medical problem. Her survival was at risk and she was deprived of oxygen because of a tragic choking/swallowing problem. It is known as an anoxic brain injury. The recovery has been challenging and slow but some progress has been made. We are thankful to be part of her recovery. I remain truly grateful for the prayers and touching support provided by so many people to my daughter and the family. We are actively committed to Cici's recovery and to her loved one's for as long as it takes. You can follow this difficult but amazing journey on my daughter's and husband Matt's Blog. Where there is life there is hope. We've had tough times but we have also seen courage and love in action for her and also for others. For examples look below.