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Philadelphia Social Security Disability Law Blog

Activity vs. rest could promote brain injury recovery

Some injuries are more severe than others. Thy can be so severe, in fact, that a person may never fully recover from it. In these cases, the individual may have his or her life impacted for the rest of their life. This could mean the inability to live life as they once could, accomplish basic tasks, take care of him or herself and even maintain employment. In these cases, it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration could assist them. Even if the injury is recoverable, if it is disabling for a year or more, Social Security disability benefits may be available.

Take a brain injury for example. A head trauma occurring in a car crash, fall or a work accident could create many health issues. A person may struggle with daily pain in the form of headaches and migraines and their cognitive and speech skills could be impacted. While it is possible to recover from such an injury, it is often a long road.

Guiding you through the SSD benefits application process

When the unexpected in life occurs, individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are often wondering what they can do With regards to a sudden disabling injury or illness, many are caught off guard, unsure what they can or should do. While the Social Security Administration is known to many, it may not be known how one exactly qualifies and what it actually takes to obtain Social Security disability benefits.

At Jeffrey S. Lichtman, our skilled legal team is available to ease your troubles by answering questions regarding SSD benefits and the application process. Many might be deterred from even applying because they are worried or even convinced that they will be denied benefits. Our law firm wants individuals to understand that this should not stop one from seeking these benefits, as many recipients wee initially denied.

What information is needed for SSD benefits?

Although we try to, we cannot predict the future. While individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere might plan and prepare for their future as best as they can, one cannot always be prepared for the unexpected. Take a disabling injury or condition. One cannot presume, especially at a young age, that he or she may no longer be able to work because of a disability. Because of this, these individuals need to obtain the necessary information so they can timely address their matter, such as applying for Social Security disability benefits.

What information is needed for SSD benefits? The Social Security administration need to determine that an applicant is suffering from an eligible disability before benefits can be awarded. Not only is medical documentation needed to prove he or she meets the SSA's definition of disability, an applicant must be able to indicate the type of work he or she was able to do prior to suffering a disability.

Workers' comp and disability payments impacting SSD benefits

Suffering an injury is an emotional and often daunting experience. One is not only seeking medical avenues to recover from said injury, but they are also trying to find the funds to pay for these bills and address the hardship of being unable to work because of the injury. When a serious injury leaves a person disabled, this can be a difficult situation, causing one to seek out financial assistance.

Social Security disability benefits are very resourceful and often necessary. However, this is not the only resource available to those living with a disability. Depending on where a person works, it is possible to obtain disability payments from private sources. This includes private pensions or insurance benefits. When these are receives, these do not impact Social security disability benefits received by the disabled worker.

Helping you secure SSD benefits

For individuals living in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation, it is clear that not everyone has the same abilities. This does not make anyone better or worse; however, it does mean that some individuals are faced with conditions or injuries that make it harder to do everyday things or even hold down a job. Living with a disability can present challenges. While it is possible to make accommodations and lead a normal life, one may still endure financial hardships due to ongoing medical costs and the inability to work.

Social Security disability benefits are designed to help those living with disabilities that are so serious he or she in unable to work. In order to obtain these benefits, individuals need to go through the application process. Many have probably heard how this process can be, causing them to be apprehensive. Because many initial applications are denied. However, this should not deter people from filing an application.

Neck injuries and SSD benefits

When accidents happen, victims are likely to suffer injuries. While some of these injuries may be minor, others can be more severe. And there aren't many injuries more serious than an injury to the neck. Whether it is because of a fall, automobile accident, work accident or any other types of accident, a neck injury could significantly impact a person's ability to function normally, live their normal life and even maintain a job. Thus, it is important to explore one's financial assistance options following an incident causing a neck injury.

There are various types of neck injuries. Some of these are minor; however, others are severe and debilitating temporarily or permanently. The vast majority of neck injuries affect the soft tissue. This means the injury impacts the muscles, ligaments and fascia of the neck. Common injuries include a crick in the neck, muscle strain and a neck sprain. These are relatively minor when compared to neck injuries that impact the nerves or the spinal cord.

Helping you prove eligibility for SSD benefits

We all hate admitting that something is wrong; however, when it is clear that our health is not all right, individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere will likely seek out the advice of a medical professional. In these matters, it can be shocking to learn that one has a serious illness. Whether it is due to a work environment, other exposures or something that is simply out of his or her hand, the reality is that such a diagnosis can disrupt and alter the life of an individual. A severe illness could mean ongoing medical and depreciating health. It could also cause the condition to be debilitating, as it prevents him or her from living a normal life or even maintaining a job.

For those living with a disabling illness, it is important to explore what options and rights are afforded to them. Most know about the Social Security disability system; however, they may not fully understand what goes into the application process and how long it can take. At Jeffrey S. Lichtman, our experienced legal team understands the requirements involve din the SSD application process.

SSD benefits for a serious neck injury

While we try to avoid being involved in accidents, there is only so much one can do. Whether it is an automobile accident, a workplace incident, a slip-and-fall or a defective product, individuals could suffer serious harms in a wide variety of accidents. When individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are harmed in an accident, he or she might be left living with a serious and debilitating injury. In some cases, the injury is so severe that one is no longer able to return to their normal life and maintain employment.

For many, neck pain is a common complaint following an accident. In fact, it is an issue for many in general. While this is often because of muscles being strained or poor posture, it could also be due to osteoarthritis or a neck injury suffered in an accident.

Helping you recover for SSD benefits

People living with disabilities fight every day. They fight to overcome the illness or injury they are living with, for the ability to care for him or herself, lead a normal life and even obtain and maintain employment. Each person has their own story and challenges; however, what remains true is that many disabled individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere fight for the ability to receive Social Security disability benefits.

The SSD application process might seem overwhelming; however, it is necessary step to take for those seeking to enjoy this program. At Jeffrey S. Lichtman, our skilled legal team understands that it can be a complex and long fight to obtain SSD benefits, and out attorneys are here to guide our clients in the Philadelphia area navigate the application and appeals process.

Common causes of disabling TBIs

Much like individuals do not expect to be involved in a serious accident, accident victims do not expect to deal with the severe aftermath of these accidents. Whether it is an automobile accident, work incident or a slip-and-fall, when a person injuries his or her head, this can cause one to endure a life time of complications related to their health and the ability to lead a normal life.

According to current statistics, 138 people die every day from serious injuries that include a traumatic brain injury. And for those lucky to survive from such an injury, they likely do not escape unscathed. For those suffering from a moderate-to-severe TBI, it will likely be deemed a lifelong disabling condition.

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