Brian Clymer, Attorney at Law

Tucson Disability Law Blog

Benefits for Disabled Veterans Part I: Veteran Pension

There are two types of benefits that disabled veterans may qualify for through the Veterans Benefits Administration. While there are several differences between the two, a crucial difference is that Veteran Disability Compensation requires that the veteran's disabling condition be service-connected (related to their service), while Pension does not.

GOP 2019 Budget Would Slash $537 Billion from Medicare, Threaten Most Vulnerable

The U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee passed a GOP 2019 Budget Plan along party-lines that would cut $537 billion from Medicare and cause $2.6 trillion in reductions to programs which help economically vulnerable Americans.

Changes in settlement statute strip away protections from unrepresented injured workers

Insurance carriers are salivating at the prospect of settling out numerous claims with unrepresented injured workers, per a new statute that eliminates meaningful review by the Industrial Commission of Arizona to make sure the "full and final" settlements are fair and reasonable to the claimant.

Commission to require notices for 'medical only' claims starting in mid-August

Beginning later this summer, workers' compensation carriers will have to issue a "notice of claim status" when accepting a "medical only" claim. The change will inform injured workers that the carrier has accepted medical liability for the claim. "Medical only" claims are those which pay for the injured worker's medical bills from the injury, but not for lost wages because the injured worker's disability from the injury did not continue in excess of seven consecutive days. 

Limited working while getting disability benefits explained

Social Security's disability program has built in some work incentives which allow claimants to attempt working while still collecting disability benefits. Longtime Social Security Administration veteran and syndicated columnist Tom Margenau addressed this issue and others in column published earlier this year. Here's that column

Brian Clymer selected by peers again for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America"

For the 23rd year in a row, legal peers have chosen Brian Clymer for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America┬« for his work in the Workers' Compensation - Claimants practice area.

Teachers, educational support staff overdue for higher pay as increasing demands make work place more challenging

We represent injured workers from all walks of life and in every kind of occupation. Among the most dedicated workers we encounter are the teachers and educational support staff in our local public schools. They typically share a common passion and commitment to educating and supporting our children -- whether by teaching in the classroom, driving a school bus, cleaning the school grounds, or preparing and serving hot meals as a school cook.

Independence of Social Security judges in the balance in case before U.S. Supreme Court

On April 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Lucia v. SEC, which raises the question of the legitimacy of the appointment of federal administrative law judges ("ALJs"). Although the case deals with ALJs in the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Court's ruling could call into question the legitimacy of how Social Security ALJs are appointed.