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Filing a Disability Claim? Do It Right From the Beginning!

The Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Program is a complex legal endeavor governed by extensive rules and regulations. Requirements are strict and numerous. There are eligibility ...
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Good News for Camp LeJeune Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Tuesday, September 23 that it will soon cover out of pocket health care costs for Marine dependents who contracted cancer and other illnesses from toxic ...
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Disability Claims for PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma

Veterans claimant service connection for disability based on an inservice personal assault face unique challenges in proving up their claims. Personal assault can include rape, physical assault, ...
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Good News for Veterans and Survivors

On Tuesday, September 16, the House of Representatives passed legislation that will increase Veterans disability compensation with a cost of living increase matching the rate of Social Security ...
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Veterans and Mustangs

Saturday, September 20th, Catherine Coats and Robert Todd attended the Mustang Extreme Makeover Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. The purpose of the Mustang Makeover is to showcase wild mustangs after they ...
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SSA Extends Authority to Decide Compassionate Allowance Claims

Last month, the Social Security Administration extended its authority to quickly decide and award claims under their compassionate allowance process and quick disability process. This was a carry-over ...
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VA Aid and Attendance Benefits

AID AND ATTENDANCE If you are a Veteran or survivor eligible for VA pension, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Aid and Attendance is increased monthly pension available for those who: - ...
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Access your Social Security information with a My Social Security Account

Access Your Social Security Information with a My Social Security Account With a my Social Security account, people can take control of their future by accessing their online Social Security ...
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New rules for Veterans with PTSD

If you are a Vietnam-era Veteran, you may be eligible for an upgrade in VA disability benefits that you were previously denied. The Defense Department announced Wednesday that they are offering new ...
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Veterans and TBI

A 2014 study published by the journal Neurology found Veterans aged 55 and older with a diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) had a 60 percent greater risk of developing dementia over a ...
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Airborne Hazards and Open Pit Registry

The Veterans Administration offers an Airborne and Open Pit Registry to all Veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti, or the Gulf War. Information gathered from this registry will be used to ...
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Types of Disability Benefits Available to Veterans

As a result of the unique nature of disabilities, diseases, or injuries obtained while in active military service, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs offers compensation for those who ...
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More awards to report

It is a huge day for the Guys!!!! Congratulations to: Michael in Lancaster Rex in Cedar Hill Arthur in Fort Worth Andrew in Dallas We were able to get all of these men approved without having to go to ...
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Attorney Edwin Arita successfully argued more new cases

Attorney Edwin Arita successfully argued the cases of: Julie in Dallas - approved as of 2008 Richard of Terrell - approved as of 2009 Billy of Elm Mott - approved as of 2011 Kevin of Glen Heights - ...
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How to File an SSDI Claim for Mental Health Issues

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a federal program set in place to provide assistance to those with disabilities. SSDI pays benefits to a person and their family if the ...
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Welcome to Our Social Security Disability Blog!

At Coats & Todd, we understand the stressful and overwhelming issues associated with Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Our legal team is dedicated to helping clients through their ...
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Even After Vietnam, Agent Orange Still a Health Issue for Veterans

Military veterans who say they were sickened by lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange after the Vietnam War now have some strong scientific support for their claims. According to Linda ...
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Social Security Announces New Expedited Disability Process for Veterans

Beginning March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA rating of 100% may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security Disability Benefits. This does not guarantee that Veterans will be ...
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Current VA Regulations Favor CPAP Users

Under current VA regulations, veterans who are prescribed a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine receive an automatic rating of 50 percent disability rating if approved. In fiscal 2013, ...
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VA Disability Claim Backlog Improves, But Still Significant

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported that it has been making headway at reducing the overwhelming backlog of veterans’ disability claims. Indeed, the agency reported that they ...
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VA Broke Its Promises, Court Says

Recently, a Federal Circuit Court judge chastised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for allowing the agency’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals to continue to use a disputed procedural rule ...
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New Study Sheds Light on Fibromyalgia, Offers Confirmation to Sufferers

There are many types of conditions, illnesses or injuries that individuals suffer from that quality them for disability benefits. Some are physical or neurological, others are psychological. One ...
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SSDI Fund Faces Hard Times Ahead If No Changes Are Made

According to Social Security actuaries, the Social Security Retirement Fund will run dry in 2034 – meaning retirees will likely only receive roughly 75 percent of promised benefits at that time. ...
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Possible Change to Social Security COLAS May Result in Reduced Benefits

As anyone who is unable to work due to a disability can attest to, the importance of Social Security disability (SSD) benefits cannot be overstated. This federal safety net can often be the sole ...
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Veterans Disability Benefit Wait Times Increasing

With the recent conclusion of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many soldiers are finally returning home to their families. The time apart can strain many families, and make it difficult for everyone ...
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