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January 2015 Archives

House rule threatens funding for Social Security disability

When someone experiences an inability to work due to an unexpected disability--whether long- or short-term--the financial impacts can be catastrophic. Many people do not have sufficient savings to carry them through a period of unemployment. The Social Security Disability program has aimed to protect and aid people in this situation by providing income to those who meet the disability and work requirements. However, because of funding concerns and general budgetary strain, the SSD system often comes under attack, as a recent move by the House illustrates.

Can I receive SSD benefits if I have schizophrenia?

Because mental illness and mental conditions are still far less understood than other medical conditions, many people do not fully comprehend the effect a serious mental illness can have on one's ability to function day-to-day and hold a job. In addition, many people who have been diagnosed with certain mental conditions that render them unable to work do not know that they may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Understanding what qualifies as a mental illness disability is the first step to potentially receiving benefits.

If you need SSI, come see us

Unexpected disabilities can affect anyone. Some disabilities occur after a person has been working for several years or even decades. In other cases, however, a person suffers a disability that generally prevents him or her from ever entering the workforce or from accumulating sufficient work history to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. For these groups of people, the Supplemental Security Income program is very important.

Receiving SSD benefits for a brain injury

Even though brain injuries have gotten increasing attention over the years, there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding what constitutes a brain injury, how it is acquired, and what its effects are. Essentially, the term "traumatic brain injury" refers to any acute injury to the brain. The effects of a brain injury can vary widely because the injury may be relatively minor and cause only mild or temporary symptoms or it can be a serious injury that causes lasting effects and permanent disability.

You won't know if you have a legitimate claim unless you talk to an experienced attorney. Get in touch with me today.

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