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Social Security faces possible hurdles in future

There have been many areas of uncertainty with regards to the government following President Trump's inauguration. Whether or not you like him, the fact remains that he brings with him a completely new set of questions. These are undeniably uncharted territories for the United States, its people, and its politicians, and as his presidency enters its first 100 days, many are starting to get an idea how his presidency may turn out.

Can I work and receive Social Security Disability benefits?

If you are receiving Social Security Disability or SSDI benefits in Los Angeles because of a work-related injury, you may be struggling to pay your bills. You feel that you have recovered enough from your injuries to return work so you can make more money, but you may be hesitant to do so because you are not sure if it will affect your Social Security benefits

The Social Security Administration has a program in place for workers who are receiving SSDI benefits and ready to return to work. You should learn about the requirements so you can avoid conflicts and complications with your benefits. 

What is blood cancer?

You may have heard the names leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma before, but did you know that they are three forms of blood cancer? Like other cancers, blood cancers occur when abnormal blood cells, or cancer cells, interrupt typical blood cell development. Blood is essential in the body, but when blood production is interrupted, the blood cannot function properly, which could lead to various illnesses and even death.

Do not underestimate the severity of a brain injury

An accident can strike anyone at any time, and often accidents, whether it is a workplace injury, a slip and fall, or a car accident, can lead to serious injuries that may affect a victim for a substantial amount of time. Many injuries lead to long-term or even life-long care.

Problems encountered by millennials seeking SSD benefits

Being healthy and at a healthy age, many young individuals in California and elsewhere do not consider the possibility of suffering a debilitating injury or illness. Nonetheless, such a situation could occur to even the younger working generation, making it important that millennials understand their rights to Social Security disability and how the current status of the government program could present issues if he or she is attempting to obtain these benefits.

While most millennials do not worry about suffering a disability causing them to be unable to work, the fact is that the average 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before they even reach the age of 67. This is according to the Social Security Administration.

Documentation needed to apply for SSI benefits

When Los Angeles residents are suffering from a disabling injury or illness, they have options and rights. There are specific government programs that are designed to assist those with certain disabilities, and, in some cases, individuals could qualify for more than one program. Even if you are receiving SSD benefits, it is also possible to apply for Supplemental Security Income.

In order to meet the requirements for this benefit, applicants need to submit documents that show that they qualify. This benefit is available to those age 65 or older, those who are blind and those who are disabled and have limited resources. In order to meet these requirements, an applicant will have to prove their age. This can be shown with a public birth record that was recorded before the age of 5, a religious birth record that was recorded before the age of 5 or other documentation that shows the applicant's date of birth.

Helping you acquire the SSD benefits you need

Unless you were born with a disabling condition, no one ever expects to acquire a disability later in life. Nonetheless, many Americans become disabled due to a serious injury or illness. This can put an individual in quite a predicament because they are no longer able to live life as they once did. Additionally, they are unable to return to work, which can present many financial challenges.

Social Security disability programs were designed to provide benefits to individuals unable to replace lost income or cover the basic costs of living due to a disabling injury or illness. The SSA has a definition of what it deems a disability, and, if an individual meets the requirements, they could qualify for SSD benefits. At the Disability Rights Law Center, we understand that the application process can be complex. Thus, our law firm is dedicated to helping individuals in Los Angeles successfully navigate this process.

SSD can provide financial relief for those with a disability

For Los Angeles residents suffering from a chronic health condition, everyday life can present challenges. A serious, long-term medical problem can cause significant pain and suffering and interfere with one's enjoyment of life. In more severe cases, a chronic disease can make it impossible to work and earn a living. For people in this situation, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for illness can provide much-needed financial help.

The application process for SSD benefits can be intimidating, however. Federal regulations impose strict guidelines as to the types of medical problems that will qualify a person for benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) also has a strict definition of what constitutes a disability that prevents a person from working.

Know the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

Traumatic events can cause post traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms can start anywhere from immediately after the event to years down the road. While many tend to think of PTSD as it relates to war veterans, the truth is that any traumatic event can lead to PTSD. You also do not need to be the person who was hurt to develop this disorder, as just watching someone else get hurt can bring on the development of PTSD.

New proposal would urge the disabled back to work

if three Republican politicians have their way, Social Security disability benefits would be reformed so as to urge disabled residents of the Los Angeles area to return to work if doing so is at all possible.

In a nutshell, the proposal would tweak the medical requirements so as to make the Administration give an indication as to how likely it is a disabled Californian would be able to recover from the disability and return to work. There are already rules allowing the Administration to periodically review cases to verify a person is still disabled, but these rules would make the process more rigid, assigning each person in to one of four categories based on their likelihood of recovery or rehabilitation.

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