Common Law Marriage Benefits
Did you know a spouse may be able to collect survivor social security benefits from a partner they never “officially” married? Some states recognize Common Law Marriage if the relationship was initiated in their state. Social Security’s rules specify that for a Common Law relationship to be recognized as a “marriage” for Social Security benefit purposes, it must have been established in a U.S. State which recognizes “common law” marriage. For clarity, it is only required that the relationship be established in a State which recognizes “common law” marriage. If the relationship started in a state which recognizes Common Law Marriage, and the couple subsequently moved to and resided in another state which doesn’t recognize Common Law Marriage, social security will recognize the relationship as a valid marriage and a surviving spouse will be entitled to survivor benefits based upon the deceased’s social security record.
Did you know Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah, and the District of Columbia recognize Common Law Marriage for the purpose of social security benefits and possibly other benefits for a surviving partner?
Scarring Is An Overlooked Disability
Did you know this common disability is often overlooked, but you may be able to get VA disability if you have scarring or you’re disfigured on your face, head, and neck? Although, any other related conditions as a result of the scarring, such as the inability to eat normally, will be rated separately. Keep in mind, the face, head, and neck are considered one area for the purpose of rating and will not have separate ratings, even if the scarring is worse in one area.
VA Pays For Non-Service-Connected Conditions
Did you know VA can pay for emergency medical care at a community emergency departments for a veteran’s nonservice-connected condition? However, there are several requirements and factors that affect the extent to which the VA can cover those services. Specifically, emergency medical care for a veteran’s nonservice-connected condition(s) is eligible for VA payment when all of the following five elements are true:
1. Care was provided in a hospital emergency department (or similar public facility held to provide emergency treatment to the public);
2. The emergency was of such a nature that the veteran (or other prudent layperson without medical training) would reasonably believe that any delay in seeking immediate medical attention would cause their life or health to be placed in jeopardy;
3. A VA medical facility or another federal facility was not reasonably available to provide the care;
4. The veteran is enrolled and has received care within a VA facility during the 24 months before the emergency care; and
5. The veteran is financially liable to the provider of emergency treatment.
Veterans Have New Options for Suing VA
Did you know according to H.R. 4526, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must provide in the event a person submits a claim for damage, injury, or death on Standard Form 95 (related to tort claims occurring within the scope of an employee's federal employment)? Specifically, the VA must provide to the claimant, within 30 days after the claim is submitted, notice of (1) the importance of securing legal counsel, and (2) the employment status of any individual listed on the form. Additionally, if the claim involves a contractor that entered into an agreement with the VA, the VA must provide the claimant notice of the statute of limitations regarding the claim in the state in which the claim arose.
Did you know many children and most adults have at least one intense traumatic event in their lifetime? However, not everyone who has a traumatic event develops PTSD. PTSD occurs in 5% of men who experience a traumatic event and 10% of women who experience a traumatic event. But, rates are much higher in certain sub-groups such as combat veterans, where rates of PTSD can be as high as 50% for combat veterans who experience a traumatic combat event.