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Can You Run Out of Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits depends on many factors, including having paid enough into the system. One common question is whether a beneficiary will eventually run out of benefits. This is a real concern, especially for those who can never work again. Will you wake up one day to find out… Read More »

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Does Hearing Loss Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

Maryland’s workers’ compensation system provides benefits to anyone with an on-the-job injury. Hearing loss is a serious problem, affecting manufacturing and construction workers in large numbers, as well as anyone who works in a loud environment. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed noise standards to protect workers from excess noise…. Read More »

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Can Nurses Receive Workers’ Compensation for Needlestick Injuries?

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

Nurses work around many sharp instruments, from scalpels to needles. It is unsurprising that many nurses will accidentally get poked by one of these objects. In the nursing profession, these are called “sharps” or “needlestick” injuries. The great risk is that a nurse will become exposed to someone else’s blood or bodily fluids and,… Read More »

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Social Media & Your Long-Term Disability Claim

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

reunion, you can instead catch up with childhood friends by scrolling through photographs of their recent family vacation from the comfort of your living room couch. Unfortunately, your Facebook or Instagram account can also connect you to an insurance claims adjuster scavenging for information to use against you. Online snooping is real, pervasive—and not… Read More »

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Receiving Long-Term Disability Benefits for Early Onset Dementia

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

Dementia is a medical term for medical conditions leading to cognitive decline. The most common symptoms include memory loss, loss of balance, and problems with communication, such as speaking. By far, most people diagnosed with dementia will be 65 or older, with conditions worsening as a person ages. But younger people are increasingly being… Read More »

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Understanding Types of Workers’ Comp Disability Benefits in Maryland

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

Almost all workers in Maryland are covered by workers’ compensation laws, so you know that there is a support system in place if you are hurt in an accident or suffer from an occupational disease. Fortunately, you do not have to prove that your employer was at fault to be entitled to benefits set… Read More »

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Determining Eligibility for SSDI Disability Benefits

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

There are two programs established by the federal government to provide financial support to the disabled, and each incorporates strict rules regarding eligibility. The main distinction between them is that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a type of insurance program that you pay into through deductions from your paycheck. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)… Read More »

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Getting Help, Workers’ Comp Benefits Can be Hard for Amazon Warehouse Workers

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

Amazon is now one of the largest companies in America. With over 800 warehouses, Amazon’s business boomed during the pandemic when more people were ordering goods online. During the pandemic, Amazon added 1.6 million workers to its labor force. As the workforce ballooned, so too did the injury rate of Amazon workers. Workers report… Read More »

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Construction Work Among Most Dangerous Professions for Workers

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that construction work is among the most dangerous professions to work in the U.S. Each year, more than 150,000 construction site accidents and injuries are reported. Construction workers who were injured or killed in construction accidents are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In this article, the Maryland… Read More »

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Will I Lose My Workers’ Compensation Claim if I Fail a Drug Test?

By Steinhardt, Siskind and Lieberman, LLC |

It’s common practice for workers’ compensation insurers to require a drug test after a workplace accident or injury. Those who use or abuse drugs while on the job could find that their claim is denied. However, the mere use of a drug like marijuana, which is now legal in Maryland for adults, isn’t enough… Read More »

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