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Social Security Disability Benefits For Injuries Archives

Steps following a denied claim for disability benefits

When a claim for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, it can be a serious concern for disabled individuals in Philadelphia who may badly need the benefits provided by Social Security disability insurance. SSD benefits can help disabled individuals with their daily needs, as life may be a struggle while they are facing a disability and an inability to work. It is important for disabled individuals to be aware that if their claim for SSD benefits has been denied, appeals options are available.

What medical conditions qualify me for SSD benefits?

If you have been unable to work due to a long-term illness or injury, you may be wondering whether your medical condition qualifies you for Social Security Disability. These disability benefits can provide you with the financial support you need as you learn to manage your condition, including helping to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

An attorney may be able to help in your fight for SSD benefits

Millions of people all across the country suffer debilitating injuries and illness that keep them from earning a living. An inability to work can be financially devastating for accident victims and their families. Fortunately, Social Security Disability benefits are available to people suffering from a variety of medical conditions and injuries.

When does a traumatic brain injury constitute a disability?

Our previous post examined a new treatment that may help those suffering from traumatic brain injuries. Despite the advancements in the medical arena, many of those in Philadelphia who suffer a traumatic brain injury may find themselves not only unable to work, but also unable to perform many of the daily tasks they used to do with ease. It can be incredibly frustrating, not just on an emotional level, but on a financial level as well. After all, a person still needs to afford the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, not to mention the costs of medical care and drugs that they incur due to their disability.

Researchers identify drug that may help brain injury victims

A person in Philadelphia can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in many different ways, whether it is a car accident, a sports injury or a fall on an icy sidewalk. Closed-skull TBIs can have a significant effect on a person's life. They can cause personality changes, language loss, disability or even death. What all TBIs have in common, however, is that the brain swelling that often follows can worsen the injury.

A spine injury may qualify for disability benefits

Philadelphians may give little thought to the amazing functions our bodies accomplish without our even thinking of it. One of these functions is our brain's ability to communicate with the rest of our body. Our body's central nervous system is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord, which control the body's movement and sensation. When this ability to transmit messages between the brain and the body, due to a spinal cord injury, it could result in paralysis.

A craniectomy doesn't always prevent a severe disability

Head injuries can be life-threatening and often require swift medical action to prevent fatalities. Sometimes when a person in Philadelphia suffers a severe injury to his or her head, doctors need to remove a portion of the person's skull, in a procedure that is known as a craniectomy. Doing so releases the pressure in the person's brain, and is often the only way to keep the person alive.

A torn ACL can be a disabling injury

Many Pennsylvanians may have heard of famous athletes, such as football players, tearing their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). However, an ACL injury can happen to just about anyone, whether it is through a sports accident, car accident or even just by a slip-and-fall accident. However, many people may not know exactly what constitutes an ACL injury.

Individuals with severe fractures may need disability benefits

While some people in Philadelphia may think that broken bones are simply a fact of life, and only take a cast and some time to heal, in actuality a broken bone can be extremely serious. Some broken bones in a person's lower extremities, such as an individual's pelvis, leg or foot can make it difficult of even impossible for a person to ambulate effectively, making it difficult if not impossible for that individual to return to work.

How Social Security disability and workers' compensation interact

When you get injured on the job and become unable to adequately perform, your job security and financial stability are immediately put at risk. Reduced hours, job changes and increased medical expenses become a burden, especially as you are trying to become well again and alleviate the pain that comes as a result of the injury.

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