Aaron Hotfelder

J.D. · University of Missouri School of Law

Aaron Hotfelder is a legal editor at Nolo specializing in employment law and workers' compensation law. He has written for Nolo and Lawyers.com since 2011, covering topics ranging from workplace discrimination to unemployment benefits to employee privacy laws. He's a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).    

Books and citations. Aaron has edited many Nolo titles, including The Manager's Legal Handbook, Dealing With Problem Employees, and Working With Independent Contractors, and is a co-author of The Employer's Legal Handbook. Aaron's work has been cited by U.S. News & World Report, TheStreet.com, the St. Louis University Law Journal, and the Minnesota Law Review, among many other outlets.

Early legal career. Before joining Nolo as a legal editor, Aaron worked at a small law firm in Columbia, Missouri, representing clients in Social Security disability, long-term disability, and workers’ compensation cases. He later spent three years serving as an employment law consultant for a human resources and benefits compliance firm.

Education. Aaron received his law degree in 2010 from the University of Missouri School of Law. He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from Truman State University, known by some as the "Harvard of Northeast Missouri." 


Articles By Aaron Hotfelder

Permanent Partial Disability in Workers' Comp Claims
Permanent partial disability (PPD) claims are the most common type of workers' compensation cases, making up over half of all workers' comp claims nationwide.
West Virginia Workers' Comp Claims: Eligibility, Filing and Appeals
Employees in West Virginia are entitled to collect workers' compensation benefits if they are injured while performing their job or if they develop an illness that is related to their work (an “occupational” disease).
Getting Disability for Triple X Syndrome (Trisomy X)
Disability benefits may be available for Trisomy X, or triple X syndrome, for those with severe mental or physical symptoms.
How Much Do You Get in a Workers' Compensation Settlement?
If you've been injured as a result of your work, you should be able to collect workers compensation benefits. Here's how the settlements are determined.
Am I Entitled to Workers' Compensation Benefits?
To qualify for workers' compensation benefits, you must be an employee of a company with workers’ comp insurance and you must have been injured at work or as a result of job-related duties.
Employment Discrimination Based on Medical Conditions and Disabilities
Employees with disabilities and health issues sometimes experience discrimination in the workplace.
Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Disability Benefits
Parents of children with PDD-NOS usually have a more difficult time getting benefits than parents of children with autism.
Getting Disability as a Salesperson Who Can No Longer Work
If you're unable to return to your job as a salesperson due to medical issues, you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.
Can I Get Social Security Disability for Muscular Atrophy or SMA?
Whether you'll get disability benefits for muscular atrophy depends on the degree of muscle wasting you have and the limitations it causes.
Getting Disability Benefits for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Shingles and even postherpetic neuralgia rarely qualify someone to receive Social Security disability.