Disability Law

584 ABA Journal Disability Law articles.

Secretary Loses Appeal in Disability Suit Against Peabody & Arnold

A Massachusetts appeals court has affirmed dismissal of a legal secretary’s disability lawsuit against Peabody & Arnold based on evidence turned up by a private detective.

The secretary, Teresa Brooks,…

The Boss Is Watching

And employees are finding they have fewer places to hide

Big Disability Backlogs Can Mean Financial Ruin, Despondency

As the backlog of Social Security disability cases grows, more people are waiting longer for decisions on their appeals—up to three years, in many cases.

In the meantime, some lose…

Court to Consider Whether Disabled Employees Get Preference

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a worker who cannot perform her present job because of a disability should be given preference for an open position.

The…

Court Bans Age Discrimination in Worker’s Comp Award

Siding with a 76-year-old worker who injured her back bending over to pick up some dropped brochures, the California Court of Appeals has reversed a reduction in disability benefits it…

N.J. Partner Sues Firm for Age Bias, Partner Payout

A 52-year-old partner has sued his former New Jersey law firm for age discrimination.

James Toll claims in his suit that he was forced out of Sills Cummis & Gross…

Target Class Action OK’d, Seeks Web Access for Blind

Plaintiffs who contend Target failed to make its Web site accessible to the blind have won class action status for their lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of San…

Video Surveillance Trips Up Insurer

An insurance company’s aggressive surveillance of an injured woman has led a federal appeals court to reopen the insurer’s decision to cut off disability benefits.

Hartford Insurance Co. continued the…

Ruling Could Slow Social Security Claims

The Social Security Administration is warning that a judge’s immigration ruling could cause a backlog of work for agency employees at the same time of a significant increase in their…

Law Hushed Va. Tech Gunman’s Disorder

Federal privacy and disability laws prohibited high school officials from revealing that the Virginia Tech gunman suffered from a social anxiety disorder.

Fairfax County created a special education plan for…

Veterans Sue for Stress Disorder Benefits

Lawyers representing veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are filing a class action lawsuit claiming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to provide care for post-traumatic…

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Obesity Claims Likely to Rise

Disability claims based on obesity are likely to increase as American waistlines continue to grow.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and disability lawyers say obesity claims are an emerging area,…

Social Security Officials to Speed ALJ Hiring

Social Security officials told a House subcommittee yesterday that they are addressing a growing backlog of disability appeals with efforts to hire more administrative law judges.

More than 730,000 disability…

Few Claims Reviewed Since Unum Settlements

Unum Group has reviewed fewer than 10 percent of eligible disability cases under legal settlements requiring the disability insurer to reopen 290,000 rejected claims, the Los…

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