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    Tips for Navigating the Social Security Administration's Website

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you have worked for a certain time period and you have sustained a disability that prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. As long as you are 18 years or older, you aren’t currently receiving benefits, and you haven’t been denied disability benefits in the last 60 days, you can apply for adult disability benefits online. However, in order to successfully complete your application, you will need to learn how to navigate the Social Security Administration’s online system.

    Saving and printing
    All of the answers you provide on the online application are automatically saved when you move to the next page by selecting “Next.” This means that if you would like to finish your application at a later time, you can select “Sign Off (finish later).” The SSA will provide you with a reentry number, which you can use to continue your application the next time you sign back on. Before you submit your application, the online system will provide you with a summary page, which you should print for your records. 

    Time limits
    When completing your application, every page has a time limit. After 25 minutes, you will see a warning sign, but you can extend your time limit on that page by selecting “OK.” Once you receive three warnings, you need to leave the page or else your time will run out, which will result in the loss of your work.

    Navigation
    Any item marked with an “*” is required. When you’ve entered the appropriate information, you should select the “Next” button at the bottom of the page. Remember not to use the “Enter” key to navigate or select the drop down lists. To return to an earlier page, press the “Previous” button at the bottom of the page.

    With more than 76 years of experience, Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo can help you obtain the benefits you are entitled following an injury. As a client, we will ensure you have an experienced Philadelphia Social Security lawyer every step of the way. Call (215) 223-6718 to schedule a free consultation.

    Exercises to Help Prevent Shoulder Injuries at Work

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Heavy lifting, repetitive movement, and hunching over a desk can all lead to back problems. Unfortunately, many occupations, from nursing to construction, require you to engage in tasks that strain your back and shoulders. Even performing routine office work, like typing and lifting, can lead to sharp, stabbing pains that make it difficult for you to perform your job tasks.

    Even if you don’t yet experience back pain, it’s a good idea to start doing exercises that strengthen your upper body. In this video, a physical therapist walks you through a phisioball exercise, which helps open up your shoulder blades and upper back. He also shows how to safely position your hips and shoulders to protect your lower body.

    If you suffer a work injury, Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To schedule an appointment with a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer, call (215) 223-6718.

    Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    While some beneficiaries don’t have to pay taxes on their benefits, other people do need to pay taxes on a portion of their Social Security benefits. One way to determine whether or not your Social Security benefits are taxable is by contacting the IRS or speaking with a Social Security lawyer. In the meantime, here is a brief overview for determining how Social Security benefits affect your taxes.

    Source of income in 2013
    If you received your Social Security benefits in 2013, then you should have received a Form SSA-1099 and a Social Security Benefit Statement, which shows your benefit amount. Your benefits might not be taxable if they were your only income source in 2013. However, you may still need to file a federal income tax return, even if you don’t owe taxes on this source of income. If you do have other sources of income, then you may owe taxes on a portion of your benefits. 

    Income and filing status
    Whether or not you have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits depends on your income and filing status. One of the easiest ways to assess your tax requirements is by using the IRS Free File to prepare and file your tax return electronically. If your income is less than $58,000 or less, then you can use Free File tax software. This software will help you determine your taxable benefits. However, if you earned more than $58,000, then you can use the Free File Fillable Forms, which are available at IRS.gov/freefile.

    Comparison to other income
    Adding one-half of your Social Security benefits to all you other income, including tax-exempt interest is a quick way of assessing your benefits. Next, you can compare this total to the base amounts for your filing status.

    Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo offers a free consultation to discuss your Social Security benefits. Our firm has devoted more than 76 years helping injured workers receive the benefits they are entitled. You can reach one of our Philadelphia Social Security lawyers by calling (215) 223-6718.

    Requesting Non-Public Records in a Workers' Compensation Case

    Last updated 3 months ago

    In order for the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Bureau to honor your request for non-public records, you need to be a party in the case or a workers’ compensation attorney entering an appearance on behalf of the party in the case. However, a request can include a signed and dated authorization release from the claimant, which is valid if submitted within 60 days. You can also request non-public records by submitting a subpoena.

    If you are requesting non-public records, remember to include the claimant’s name, social security number, injury dates, and party representation. You should mail your request to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, which is located at 1171 South Cameron Street, Room 109, Harrisburg, PA. You can also fax your request to (717) 783-6365. If you would like these records certified, you can simply note that in your request. However, certified copies of decisions will only be forwarded by U.S. mail.

    Call (215) 223-6718 to schedule a free consultation with Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo. Our firm is made up of experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers who genuinely care about achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.

    A Look at Pennsylvania's Workers' Compensation Automation and Integration System

    Last updated 3 months ago

    On September 17, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry implemented Release one of the Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System. This web-based information system integrates the processes of the Worker’s Compensation Appeal Board, the Bureau of Worker’ Compensation as well as the Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication. Using the new integration system, claimants can file appeals, petitions, and documents online with the Workers Compensation Appeals Board.

    Electronic access to workers’ compensation information
    Once the system went live, the workers’ compensation community gained electronic access to workers’ compensation information. This includes adjudication, claims, and healthcare information. Using the online system, workers’ compensation parties are now able to file petition, answer briefs and documents, as well as correspond with the Office of Adjudication and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board. In addition, claimants can use the automated system to monitor their individual claims.

    Updated features with Release 2
    While the first version of the Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Automation and Integration System was implemented in September 2012, the second release was in September 2013. With the updated version, claimants could access common electronic case files for BWC, WCOA, and WCAB. In addition, they could electronically file First Reports of Injury and Subsequent Reports of Injury with the Electronic Data Interchange. The second release also allowed for electronic correspondence and decisions.

    Use of WCAIS and its features
    In order for someone to access all of the features the WCAIS has to offer, he or she needs to register with the system. Workers’ compensation attorneys can register in a two-step process: presenting their Pennsylvania Supreme Court identification card to the field office and visiting the WCAIS homepage to set up a new user account. Once a workers’ compensation attorney completes these steps, he or she will receive a unique Keystone ID.

    For more information about Philadelphia workers’ compensation law, contact Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo at (215) 223-6718. Our firm has been serving injured Pennsylvania workers since 1963. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report has rated us a tier-one law firm in Pennsylvania since 2010.

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