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Balancing Multiple Claim Systems To See What Sticks

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If you fit into multiple categories, you need to be putting in multiple claims. There is no reason to put all of your hopes, dreams, and chances at recover into a single compensation system; the only problem occurs when you start getting money from multiple systems and fail to report the issue. Here are a few claim system details to help you understand how social security, personal injury, workers compensation, veteran disability, and other compensation systems can be applied and managed together.

Is That Even Legal?

When you file different forms for compensation, you will be asked a series of questions to determine whether you qualify. Every compensation system will ask if you're already receiving compensation, and if you answer yes, you will likely need to disclose the amount at some point.

Some compensation systems will also ask if you plan to apply for benefits under specific systems, or if you already have applied. Answer honestly, because this is the most important point to take away from the application process:

If you're honest, the worst they can do is say no.

That's it. Beyond the need to be honest, you can file for multiple forms of compensation just to see what sticks. You should be doing this, but it's understandable that people under considerable pain may not be able to gather the injury to file the proper paperwork.

After all, filing paperwork is about more than just filling out forms. You may need to gather evidence that you don't have to make the form valid, since some systems won't accept paperwork without the proper evidence or supporting documents.

That said, you don't have to fill out the paperwork on your own. A personal injury attorney can help you by acting as your representative and organizing all of the requirements with you. Some requirements may need you to gather information in person, but that's nothing a taxi cab ride or a carpool with your attorney can't fix.

What Happens If You Win?

If your compensation request is approved, you need to make sure that you're getting the compensation you deserve. Many compensation systems--especially Veterans Affairs (VA) disability work in percentages, while legal challenge systems such as personal injury claims require extensive discussions and settlement arrangements to land at a specific figure.

What if you win...again? If your claim is approved on another compensation system, report the matter to both authorities. This means that if you're already getting Social Security Disability, but your Veterans Affairs claim from a decade ago finally succeeds, you need to tell Social Security about your new status and let the VA know that you're receiving Social Security.

You may have to drop one of the compensation systems. The people who receive your report, but the report may be lost or they may forget to properly file it, which can mean penalties for you. Multiple successes means multiple lifesaving opportunities, but multiple chances to have money taken back. 

Be conservative with your spending, and have a personal injury attorney on your side. They can calculate your needs and help you prove that you were honest with your claim. Visit a site like http://leifericksonlawoffice.com for more help.


12 October 2017