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Seventh Circuit Overturns Cigna’s Termination of Long-Term Disability Benefits

Posted on August 9th, 2018

From time to time, Eric Buchanan & Associates will present recent relevant court decisions that may be relevant to an experience you have with your ERISA plan benefits. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, we encourage you to give us a call so we may discuss the issue. You don’t have to be based in Chattanooga for us… READ MORE

What Is a Technical Denial in a Social Security Disability Case?

Posted on August 9th, 2018

A technical denial of Social Security Disability benefits occurs when an applicant fails the financial limitations or work requirements of a disability claim. While most Social Security disability claims are denied due to the SSA not finding a medical condition severe enough that a person couldn’t work, some claimants receive a “technical denial” for reasons, other than medical, that they… READ MORE

Disability and Workers’ Compensation: Benefits Offset Social Security Disability Payments

Posted on August 9th, 2018

If you receive workers’ compensation (WC) payments or a settlement award from a WC claim, the Social Security Administration may lower your disability payments. You can be eligible for both types of payments at the same time, however, workers usually cannot receive the full amount of Social Security disability benefits and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time. In most… READ MORE

How Does the Social Security Agency Determine If You Are Disabled?

Posted on August 9th, 2018

When you file a claim for disability with the Social Security Administration (SSA), the agency will first determine whether or not you, as the claimant, meet the basic requirements to be eligible to file a claim. The professional team at Eric Buchanan & Associates wants to help you understand exactly what it is the SSA is looking for. When you… READ MORE

The Five-Step Sequential Evaluation Process

Posted on August 9th, 2018

In order to decide if a person is disabled, Social Security uses a five-step sequential evaluation process.  This process is set forth in Social Security Regulation 86-8.  Here are the five questions Social Security asks in order to evaluate if you are disabled: Are you working? If you are working you will need to determine if you are engaging in… READ MORE

Eighth Circuit Rules Employer Cannot Recoup $548k in Mistaken Contributions

Posted on August 9th, 2018

From time to time, Eric Buchanan & Associates will present recent relevant court decisions that may be relevant to an experience you have with your ERISA plan benefits. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, we encourage you to give us a call so we may discuss the issue. You don’t have to be based in Chattanooga for us… READ MORE

During The Break Podcast

Posted on July 19th, 2018

Eric Buchanan was recently a guest on “During The Break” podcast. This weekly podcast was created by radio host, Clint Powell, who believes that some of “the best part of the conversations happen off the air or during the breaks.” Click below to listen to the podcast. Eric Buchanan on “During The Break” with Clint Powell July 2018

Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association – Reflections

Posted on July 18th, 2018

Eric Buchanan 2015-2016 President The Tennessee Trial Lawyers has changed my practice, my profession, and my life. From the time Mitch Byrd first asked me to join TTLA, to the time Randy Humble asked me to run for the board and Randy Kinnard welcomed me to the board, and then for the following 16 years until I became President, I… READ MORE

Do I Have to Pay Back Long-Term Disability Benefits if I Start Getting Social Security?

Posted on July 14th, 2016

The short answer is: Probably, yes. Social security disability benefits may take longer to receive than long-term disability (LTD) benefits from an insurance company. Once you start receive social security disability back benefits, the insurance company will usually expect you to reimburse them for what they have already paid you, if your insurance policy offsets for social security benefits. At… READ MORE

Determining Residual Functional Capacity in a Social Security Claim

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

Probably the most important evidence or documents that you need in your Social Security disability case is a report or opinion from your doctor about what your restrictions and limitations are, which means an opinion about what you can or cannot do. Of course, you also need medical records to show why those restrictions and limitations are reasonable, but medical… READ MORE