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A recent case from the Federal Circuit on VA disability benefits has held that pain alone can be the basis for a veteran’s disability rating nullifying a long-standing Veterans’ Appeal Court precedent. See Saunders v. Wilkie, Case No. 2017-1466 (US Fed.…
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Traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”) are among the most common for veterans. Statistics show that 19 percent of veterans may have TBI and that over 260,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with TBI. Some TBI’s are easy to…
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If you are a New Orleans or Louisiana citizen currently receiving Social Security disability benefits, you should be aware that your disability benefits do not automatically continue forever. There are certain events that will trigger a loss of SSDI…
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If you watch television, you have probably seen the advertisements involving the duck that quacks for an insurance company that provides disability insurance. That has been a very effective advertising campaign as many people and companies have signed up…
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Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression? If so, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits (“SSDI”). Many people are hesitant to admit that they are unable to work — or are limited in their ability to work — because of an…
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One of the more common myths about Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) is that benefits are related to the type of work you do. That is not the case. So, yes, millennials and other workers in the so-called “gig” economy — such as Uber, Lyft —…
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Many New Orleans veterans mistakenly believe that if the VA denies their claim for disability they are prevented from ever filing again. However, denied claims can be reopened at any time. Indeed, reopening a claim can be an alternative to appealing a…
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Military Sexual Trauma (“MST”) is a physical and mental condition that results from sexual assault or repeated sexual harassment that occurred while a veteran was serving in the military. As the VA explains here in this MST Factsheet from March 2016,…
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If you are a disabled veteran here in Louisiana, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration (“VA”) and also for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). According to a SSA fact sheet,…
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Positive review by Charles Paulsell, via Facebook

After working offshore for over three decades I had become unable to continue do to crippling injuries and osteoarthritis. I called Ascend answered some questions and they took it from there. This firm is amazing. I highly recommend them.
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