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January 2017 Archives

How can traumatic brain injuries affect a victim?

As we learned in a recent blog regarding retired New York Jet Mark Gastineau, multiple hits to the head can cause long-term mental conditions which do not always immediately reveal themselves at the time of the injury. While repeated mild head trauma and concussions may not immediately impact a victim significantly, harder hits to the head may cause immediate and significant head injuries, often called traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs.

Can a child qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

Pursuant to the state of New Jersey, a claimant for Social Security disability benefits may either be an adult or a child. Depending upon whether the applicant is eighteen years of age or older he may have to satisfy different requirements to demonstrate that he qualifies for the agency's financial benefits or support.

Benefits for mental conditions available through Social Security

Recently this Montclair Social Security Disability benefits legal blog explored the manner in which an individual may be assessed to see if he may receive benefits due to suffering from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that can deprive a person of his ability to hold down a job and earn an income; depending upon the symptoms that an individual exhibits schizophrenia can provide an extreme example of how devastating a mental illness diagnosis can be.

What are requirements for securing supplemental security income?

Supplemental security income, otherwise known as SSI, is federal aid for individuals who suffer from disabilities. Montclair residents who have limited means of earning money for themselves and who must endure illnesses and injuries may qualify for this federal assistance. This post will very generally discuss the requirements a person must meet in order to be considered for SSI; individuals who wish to learn more about their particular chances of qualifying may wish to consult with Social Security disability attorneys in their geographic areas.

How do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

Social Security disability benefits are an important benefit for disabled individuals to be familiar with. Disabled individuals may wonder how to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) insurance. To qualify for disability, the disabled individual must have a physical or mental medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. In addition, the disabled individual must have the necessary work history to qualify for disability. If the disabled individual does not have sufficient work history, different options may still be available.

Canceled student loan debt may still cause problems for disabled

When a Montclair resident suffers a significant illness or injury he may end up living with a disability for the rest of his life. That disability may impact his chances of finding and holding down work, his opportunities to thrive in a career, and his prospects of being able to care for himself and others. Federal agencies like the Social Security Administration offer individuals in these difficult situations different benefits that may help them care for themselves when they suffer from a lack of income.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

As we discussed in a previous blog, there are two types of Social Security disability benefits that Americans may be entitled to, depending on their disability - Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. So what is Social Security Disability Insurance and how can I determine if I qualify?

What is Supplemental Security Income?

The Social Security Administration has two programs in place to help aid Americans who are suffering from debilitating conditions that prevent them from working. The Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI program, is funded through payroll taxes. In order to qualify, one must have paid into the program throughout the years. But for Americans who have not contributed to SSDI, there still is the Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, program which may be available, depending on your financial situation.

How PTSD may affect your ability to work

One of the most debilitating and misunderstood medical conditions people may suffer is post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a mental health disorder that often affects combat veterans or those who deal with trauma or violence in their profession. Symptoms often manifest itself after you experienced a violent or horrific event.

Drowsy driving is the cause of many serious car accidents

When we think of distracted driving, a few things often come to mind - texting or talking on the phone while driving, eating while driving, fumbling with the radio, etc. Taking your eye off the road for even a second can be the difference between hitting the brakes or swerving away, and causing an accident. One thing that often overlooked however, is drowsy driving.

Social Security Administration working to cut costs

Over the past year, the Social Security Administration has taken strides to reach out to more Americans by maintaining an active social media presence including an account on Facebook and Twitter, and regularly reaching out through their blog, Social Security Matters.

What should you do if your SSD benefits have been denied?

If you are suffering from an illness or injury and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits for illness. However, it is not always easy to get the benefits you deserve. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies close to 50 percent of applications for benefits. These denials are based on a variety of reasons. In some cases, people are denied because they make more than $940 a month. Other people are denied because their disability will not last more than a year or they failed to undergo proper treatment.

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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