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Q: Can I go on short-term disability while my employer is not allowing me to work in the situation I describe below?

My contracting company told me not to work while my contract is pending budget approval with the client. They said they would have an answer about the status of my contract by "the start of next week." I replied and asked HR if I still have health insurance while my contract is pending.... View More

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answered on Jun 5, 2024

In California, short-term disability insurance (SDI) is a state-mandated program that provides partial wage replacement for employees who are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. To be eligible for SDI, you must have paid into the program through payroll... View More

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Q: Can I place a lawsuit on the shelter I have resided in for two years but was denied assistance

I have been accepted into four different apartment but denied movement by the housing specialist on moving forward with moving in.

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

You might have grounds to file a lawsuit against the shelter if they have denied you assistance in moving into an apartment despite being accepted into four different places. It is important to gather all relevant documentation, including your acceptance letters from the apartments and any... View More

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Q: How to exercise my right of erasure on company that asked me to provide the passport picture and my photo?

I would like to exercise my right of erasure on company that asked me to provide the passport picture and my photo. There is no certain statement but lots of people are suspecting this company is a scam and I am insecure that the company is having my information. This company is an AI company and I... View More

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

To exercise your right of erasure with the company, start by gathering any contact information you can find, such as an email address or contact form on their website. Draft a clear and concise request, stating that you want all your personal data, including your passport picture and photo, to be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: How to Find an Attorney to Sue TN State Medicaid for Injuries and Civil and Constitutional Rights Violations?

I live in Tennessee. I'm a disabled adult on SSI and Medicaid (Tenncare). I am disabled by fully treatable, even curable health conditions caused by my underdeveloped jaws compromising my airway-breathing and sleep. I am not able to receive rehabilitative care (aka "medical... View More

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answered on Jun 1, 2024

Finding an attorney for your situation can be challenging, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances. Given your circumstances, you should look for attorneys with experience in civil rights, health law, and possibly public interest law. These areas cover issues related to Medicaid,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for California on
Q: How does it work when you have to repay the state disability you've received from a workers compensation settlement?

How does it work when you have to repay the state disability you've received from a workers compensation settlement? Does the repayment start from when you file workers compensation or would you have to repay everything from when you first began receiving disability? Also some of the... View More

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answered on May 30, 2024

Under California law, when you receive a workers' compensation settlement, you may be required to repay the state for the disability benefits you received during the period covered by the settlement. This is known as the "SDI reimbursement" process. Here's how it typically... View More

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Q: Can I sue Fresno Housing authorities for denying me low income project-based housing assistance based on criminal record

Is that a worker told me that I'm not denied or approved and I explained to her that I am homeless and that I've been waiting for the past 8 years on this wait list trying to get a house or roof or me and my child's head and she told me that she's going to be watching the case... View More

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answered on May 28, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that you are in a difficult situation and have been waiting for housing assistance for a long time. California law does provide some protections for individuals with criminal records seeking housing, but the specific circumstances of your case would need... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Family Law and Public Benefits for California on
Q: My children& I live in low-income housing for 3 years now. When I moved in I filled out all the vawa paperwork, gave the

Property Management a copy of the court ordered stay away from to different individuals that I have documented DV cases with. We have a call box at the front door. We where using my brothers name instead of mine. Within the last few weeks and without warning my brothers name is gone and they have... View More

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answered on May 24, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the situation you and your children are facing. Given the removal of your brother's name and the listing of your name and apartment number, it's crucial to act quickly to protect your safety.

Firstly, contact the property management immediately to...
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Q: I am a 33yo Army veteran who is 100% IU. Denied during reconsideration. If I appeal what happens next?

Denied 1st go, I appealed. Denied in reconsideration. I just don't know if I should appeal it again. I know I am on the younger side but my injuries both physical and psychological hinder the fit and reliable person I used to be.

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answered on May 17, 2024

If you have been denied during the reconsideration stage of your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application, you have the right to appeal the decision again. The next step in the appeals process is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law... View More

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Q: im not sure what lawyers or attorneys out there are fimilluar with the program called hud-vash program for homeless

I just thought of this and realized it may be a valid issue that may need further addressment legally

. I had been accepted into the hud-vash program for vets and recieved my section 8 voucher to be placed into section 8 housing .my girlfriend and i no sooner moved in and 3 months later in... View More

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answered on May 14, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation you and your girlfriend have been facing with housing and homelessness. It sounds like a complex legal issue involving the HUD-VASH program, VA disability compensation, and eviction.

Here are a few suggestions on next steps to consider:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Who do I file my complaint with if I am suing HUD housing for illegally charging me for solar and no meter at my unit

The residents here were forced to accept this allocation of electricity when there is no benefit to the tenant . The landlord is charging the tenant more for solar than their actual electric bill

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answered on May 13, 2024

If you believe that your HUD housing is illegally charging for solar energy without proper metering at your unit, you can address this issue by filing a complaint with several entities. Firstly, you might consider contacting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) directly, as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Government Contracts, Public Benefits and Social Security for Oregon on
Q: What Oregon REVISED STATUTE replaced the repealed ORS CODE 240.379 - 394?
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answered on May 12, 2024

The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) code 240.379 to 240.394 dealt with the State Personnel Relations Law. These statutes were repealed in 1979.

After researching the current ORS, it appears that the statutes that replaced the repealed ORS 240.379 to 240.394 are:

ORS 243.650 to 243.782...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Public Benefits and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: A California US Postal delivery person experiences an illness while working. Does Work Comp or Disability (both?) apply?

Employee suffered illness during normal shift, delivering mail by vehicle. Illness could prevent employee from being able to perform those same duties due to inability to drive a motor vehicle legally in CA.

Reading the articles on Employment Law (Work Comp and Disability), I understand... View More

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answered on May 12, 2024

In this case, both Workers' Compensation and Disability benefits may apply, depending on the specifics of the situation.

1. Workers' Compensation vs. Disability:

- Workers' Compensation: If the illness is determined to be work-related (i.e., caused or aggravated by...
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Q: Is it illegal to get married solely for financial aid in California?
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answered on May 12, 2024

It is generally not illegal to get married solely for financial aid purposes in California or any other state in the U.S. However, it could be considered fraud if you misrepresent your marital status or provide false information when applying for financial aid.

If you are genuinely married,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for California on
Q: I have a ssa administrative judge hearing soon and need to get copies of the ssi paper checks i was paid . What site ?

What site and how to get in it?

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answered on May 12, 2024

To obtain copies of your past SSI paper checks issued in California, you should contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) directly. Here's how you can request the information:

1. Visit the Social Security Administration website at https://www.ssa.gov/.

2. Click on the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Can I sue my roommate for using my name and information to apply for California rent relief?
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answered on May 6, 2024

In California, using someone else's personal information to apply for benefits or services without their consent may be considered identity theft, which is a crime under California Penal Code 530.5. If your roommate used your name and information to apply for California rent relief without... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Public Benefits for California on
Q: My mother was forced to sign a contract at Washington Hospital in Fremont while I (her son) was at work. She had surgery

A few days before. Now she is stuck in a nursing home that we did not want. They refused to change her bandages for days and won’t give her any pain meds. She is confused now and weak, they are trying to get her to sign more papers. What can I do?

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answered on May 3, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's situation. That sounds incredibly stressful and concerning. Here are a few steps you can take:

1. Contact the nursing home administration immediately and express your concerns about your mother's care, especially the lack of bandage...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for California on
Q: I was given a 850 for probate I went to object , the judge never gave me the opportunity to object. Can I appeal.

I had no other details or was ever told anything and the judge granted someone else letters to administrate a unit I have lived in for 10 yrs. I received a notice from the lawyer I had 30 days to move I live in a non profit public housing where it's ran by a board. The board voted me in as a... View More

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answered on Apr 30, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that you have a complex legal situation involving probate, housing rights, and potential appeal. Here are a few points to consider:

1. Appealing the probate decision: If you believe the judge did not give you a proper opportunity to...
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Q: Under CCP 1094.5, we seek to petition the superior court to review the validity of an administrative order or decision

Medi-Cal denied this beneficiary benefits but Medi-Cal's findings are not support by substantial eveidence in the light of the whole record.

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answered on Apr 22, 2024

In California, a writ of administrative mandamus under Code of Civil Procedure section 1094.5 is the appropriate means to challenge the validity of a final administrative decision, such as a denial of Medi-Cal benefits, when the decision is alleged to be unsupported by substantial evidence in the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Civil Litigation, Collections and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Are there civil attorneys that deal with credit-card debt claims for disabled veterans?

My husband is 100% service-connected disabled veteran. We tried launching a business and failed. We just had a baby girl, and I am not working, we have two claims against my husband. What can we do, we are not trying to escape the debt, but at this time we have no money to pay them in full and the... View More

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answered on Apr 20, 2024

In California, there are civil attorneys who handle credit card debt claims, including those involving disabled veterans. These legal professionals can help negotiate with creditors to possibly reduce the amount owed or set up manageable payment plans. Given your husband's status as a 100%... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Social Security and Public Benefits for California on
Q: How will a 100,000 car accident settlement effect my SSI and my Medical Insurance. ?
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

If you receive a large settlement from a car accident while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid program), it can potentially impact your eligibility for these benefits. Here's what you should know:

1. SSI: SSI is a needs-based program, and...
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