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Can I Earn Social Security Benefits and Veterans’ Disability Benefits?

Can I Earn Social Security Benefits and Veterans’ Disability Benefits?

I frequently speak with veterans who express concern about their ability to earn both Social Security disability benefits and veterans’ disability benefits. The good news is that you can earn both at the same time. In fact, in some cases VA disability benefits can help you earn Social Security benefits.


If you’re receiving veterans’ disability, then Social Security is going to strongly take that into consideration. In their eyes, another government agency has already declared your injury legitimate and decided that you are in need of benefits. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really work the other way. If you’re already receiving Social Security benefits, the VA isn’t necessarily going to take that into consideration because there’s no way of knowing if your Social Security benefits are service-related.

There are a few differences between Social Security and VA disability. For instance, in order to receive Social Security benefits, you must be completely disabled — whereas with VA disability, you can have a low disability rating (sometimes as low as 10%).

Another big difference is the amount of weight your physician’s word has. With Social Security disability, your designated treating physician’s word is the final say. Your case can rely entirely on what your doctor says. However, with veterans’ disability, the VA considers all factors. Their policy says that your doctor could be biased, so they must look at any and all contributing factors.

It’s important that you’re receiving all of the benefits that you need. Working with an experienced attorney is an excellent way to make sure that you’re getting everything you deserve. Be sure to give us a call for a free consultation.

How Does Drug Addiction Affect Social Security?

How Does Drug Addiction Affect Social Security?

It is important to know that social security benefits do not cover drug addiction. If you are seeking social security benefits because of a drug addiction, you will be denied. However, if you are — or were in the past — addicted to drugs, you can still receive benefits. Below are some things you’ll want to keep in mind should you decide to apply for social security benefits while also having a diagnosed drug addiction.

When you file your social security claim, you’ll need to make sure you meet the following requirements:

  1. You must make a working salary of less than $1,170 a month.
  2. Your condition must be long term (expecting to last at least a year).
  3. Your condition must be damaging your ability to work.

Applying for Social Security if You’ve Had Past Drug Use

If you’ve suffered from permanent changes to your physical or mental health due to a past drug addiction, you can qualify for social security benefits. Your condition will have to meet certain criteria depending on how it affects you. It’s best to speak with an attorney directly to discuss your specific case.

Applying for Social Security with a Current Drug Addiction

While you can’t receive social security benefits for your drug addiction, it’s still possible to receive benefits for a different condition while also dealing with a drug addiction. However, if the Social Security Administration determines that your condition would go away if you were to stop using drugs, your claim will be denied.

Do You Need Medical Evidence?

If you’re claiming social security benefits due to a condition caused by past drug use, you’ll need to provide medical evidence through psychiatric reports, names and addresses of your doctors, and a full history of your medical records (including hospitalizations and medications).

If you have additional questions about claiming benefits while dealing with a current or past drug addiction, be sure to speak with an experienced attorney. We can help you determine whether or not your case is likely to qualify and help guide you through the process.

Applying for social security benefits? Don’t go it alone. Speak with an experienced attorney to help guide you through the process. Give us a call — at Oxner + Permar we offer a free consultation.

Is Permanent Hair Loss Caused By Taxotere Grounds for a Case?

Is Permanent Hair Loss Caused By Taxotere Grounds for a Case?

For many cancer patients, hair loss is a common side effect that comes with chemotherapy. Commonly referred to as “alopecia” in the medical field, hair loss from chemotherapy is supposed to be temporary. However, recently a group of breast cancer survivors found that they were unable to regrow their hair. They were surprised by this, as they were never warned that permanent hair loss was a possible outcome.

It turns out that their permanent alopecia was caused by a chemotherapy drug called “Taxotere.” Taxotere has been approved by the USDA; however, this side effect was not on record. Had the cancer patients known that this drug caused permanent hair loss, they could have chosen an alternative treatment option. One such option would have been Taxol.

It would have been one thing if the manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, truly didn’t know that this was a possible side effect; however, evidence shows that they should have known about it as early as 2005. As many as 10-15% of patients who took Taxotere experienced permanent hair loss.

Currently, cases are being filed against Sanofi-Aventis all across the country for permanent hair loss caused by Taxotere. It’s likely that soon these cases will become a part of a multidistrict litigation, which means all of the cases will be handled by one judge.

If you or a loved one has experienced permanent hair loss as a result of Taxotere, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Cases such as these are often time sensitive, so you’ll want to make sure you file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out.

If you’ve experienced side effects from a drug that you were not warned about, then there’s a good chance you have a case. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.

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