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Do Social Security Recipients Qualify for a Stimulus Check Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Kobal Law |

In late March 2020, President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act in response to the coronavirus pandemic, providing a $2.2 trillion stimulus package that includes “stimulus checks” to a majority of U.S. taxpayers. Those stimulus checks will be mailed to Americans within three weeks from the signing of the CARES Act. The stimulus package… Read More »

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Why Florida’s Workers’ Compensation May Not Cover Your Work-Related COVID-19 Infection

By Kobal Law |

In a directive issued on March 30, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis ordered workers’ compensation benefits to be provided to all state-employed frontline workers battling the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Patronis ordered the Division of Risk Management to approve workers’ comp claims filed by public sector emergency workers, including first responders, who become infected… Read More »

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COVID-19 and Personal Injury: Should You Stop or Postpone Your Medical Treatment?

By Kobal Law |

With Florida’s stay-at-home order in effect, many Floridians are afraid to go outside. Even though the order allows residents to leave their house for essential activities – and seeking medical treatment is considered an essential activity – many are reluctant to go to a hospital out of fear of contracting coronavirus. So, what should… Read More »

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Avoiding Social Security Scams During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kobal Law |

With studies showing that anxiety and depression in Americans increased considerably due to the coronavirus crisis, scammers and fraudsters are not wasting their time during the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 26 million unemployment filings within just five weeks, Americans with lower income are more worried about the pandemic’s effect on the U.S. economy…. Read More »

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COVID-19: Are Grocery Store Workers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

By Kobal Law |

As shopping at grocery stores became a necessity and an “essential” activity during the coronavirus crisis, grocery store workers are putting their own lives at risk while being on the front lines of the pandemic. As grocery store employees and delivery shoppers are exposing themselves to the risk of COVID-19 exposure, some organizations are… Read More »

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3 Things to Consider When Claiming Social Security During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Kobal Law |

If you are in your 60s and the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your financial stability, you may be considering claiming Social Security retirement benefits. As over 30 million Americans filed unemployment claims in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, it is tough not to panic. Yes, filing for Social Security may be tempting during… Read More »

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What Penalties Do Florida Employers Face for Not Paying Workers’ Comp Insurance Premiums?

By Kobal Law |

Florida’s workers’ compensation program was created to help injured employees get quick access to medical care after work-related injuries. In most cases, using workers’ comp benefits leads to an employee’s speedy recovery and return to the workplace, all at a reasonable cost to the employer. Most employers in the Sunshine State have a legal… Read More »

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How Employee Burnout May Entitle You to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Kobal Law |

Workplace stress, unrealistic deadlines, unmanageable workload, unfair treatment at work, as well as other factors, can result in worker burnout. This condition is prevalent in practically all industries, and an ever-increasing number of employees across many sectors are beginning to recognize symptoms of burnout. Unfortunately, not all of them know how to address worker… Read More »

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How Security Camera Footage Can Prevent Fraudulent Workers’ Comp Claims

By Kobal Law |

No workplace is immune to traumatic incidents involving employees. When such incidents occur in the workplace, the injured employee may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, not all workers’ comp claims filed by employees are for “real” injuries or illnesses. Some workers abuse Florida’s workers’ compensation system by filing fraudulent claims. While some… Read More »

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Do Unemployment Benefits Affect SSI or SSDI Benefits, and Vice Versa?

By Kobal Law |

Most people who receive Social Security benefits do not want to risk losing the monthly payments that provide partial replacement income. That is why many Americans who receive benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are reluctant to apply for unemployment benefits when they lose their job out of… Read More »

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