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Posts tagged "Social Security Disability"

What if my disability is related to a drug or alcohol struggle?

There are many people who struggle constantly with drugs or alcohol. Of course, people who have these addictions may also get sick or hurt, just like everyone else. When this happens, they may not be able to return to work because of their medical condition.

Disability trust fund not in as bad of shape as once thought

There was recent good news for the famous, or rather infamous, disability trust fund. For those who are not aware, the trust fund is a government asset which can be and often is used to help pay disability benefits when the volume of claims do not keep pace with revenues from payroll taxes.

PTSD is not just a condition that affects veterans

The concept of post-traumatic stress disorder originally came to light as mental health professionals treated combat veterans returning from war. Indeed, the horror of battle is one thing that can trigger PTSD. However, as time has gone on, psychologists and other experts have come to understand that any number of people, veterans and non-veterans alike, can experience PTSD for any number of reasons. There are, after all, a lot of ways in which people can experience traumatic events.

Can schizophrenia patients claim SSD benefits?

Living with a mental illness is always difficult. Many people would have either experienced the difficulties themselves or would have witnessed a family member or friend experiencing those difficulties. One example of such a mental illness that people in Pennsylvania would be aware of is schizophrenia. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration acknowledges the severity of schizophrenia and, therefore, offers Social Security Disability Insurance benefits to patients who meet the eligibility criteria.

Kids with autism likely to have unmet medical needs

According to a recent study, a number of children who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum are not getting the medical or mental health care they need. Whereas fewer than 10 percent of children with other types of disability are not getting the care they need, according to the study. This number is closer to 20 percent, or 1 in 5, with respect to those children who have a spectrum disorder. Among children who are not suffering under any apparent disability, under 3 percent missed out on essential services.

Getting a win in front of an administrative judge tough in Philly

Many people in the Philadelphia area may find themselves unable to work because of an illness or injury. Despite oftentimes having a track record of being hard workers at high-paying jobs, these folks will quickly find after a few months of being laid up that they need financial help if they wish to survive.

How can you speed up the hearing process for SSD benefits?

Even with the best preparation possible, many, if not most, applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied in the initial stages. When this happens, a Philadelphia resident will have to wait for a hearing before an administrative law judge in order to make his case that he is entitled to disability benefits.

SSD benefits for children living with disabilities

When individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere think about a person filing a disability claim, he or she often thinks of a worker that suffered an injury because of a work accident. While this is a common reason to file for Social Security disability benefits, this is not the only reason to do so. In fact, it is not only adults that benefit from this program. Children, too, can apply for and receive SSD benefits for a disability he or she is suffering from.

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.

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.

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