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When a disability claim due to PTSD is denied

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be incredibly difficult, regardless of the physical or mental condition which has prompted someone to pursue these benefits. However, some people have an especially tough time during the process, such as those who are suffering from certain mental conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately, these cases can be hard for a number of reasons. Unlike physical disabilities, which can be very evident, mental scars and disabilities can be harder to prove. However, those who struggle with PTSD may be significantly affected by their condition, and a denied claim can worsen their state of mind.

If you filed a disability claim as a result of PTSD and your claim was rejected, you should immediately look into your options and some of the reasons why your claim may have been denied. Or, if you are thinking about pursuing disability benefits because of PTSD, you should make sure that you gather all relevant information and present your case to the best of your ability. This process can be very hard for those who are struggling with PTSD, and some people may be reluctant to pursue benefits that they should be entitled to for various reasons (stress, hesitance to deal with legal matters, the stigma surrounding disability benefits due to mental conditions, etc.).

What can you do to aid healing from a brain injury?

When you suffer a brain injury in California, it is imperative that you follow your doctor's recommendations for a full recovery. Relearning the functions of the brain and strengthening the areas that have been weakened and compromised, will allow you to slowly rebuild your independence and ability to take care of yourself efficiently, effectively and safely. 

Brain injuries can be quite tricky and should be treated with the utmost care and precision. Chances are, you will need to rely heavily on the support and help of your closest family members and friends. You will need to be patient with yourself as you discover new limitations and create goals for your path to recovery. One thing that you should focus on is the abilities that you have been able to maintain and how you can utilize those strengths to help you rebuild the areas that need help. 

Septic shock can come after a spinal cord injury

A person who has a spinal cord injury has a lot to think about when they are in the hospital in the days following the accident. Most of them will put their trust in the doctors and medical staff members caring for them. While it is possible to find a good team, there are a few things that you have to be watchful about.

One of the most important things that the medical team must do is monitor the patient. A person may suffer from systemic inflammatory response syndrome, which is also known as sepsis, after a spinal cord injury. This is a serious medical matter that has to be addressed swiftly because it can cause organ failure, shock and death.

Trash collection workers face serious hazards

Residents depend on the trash pickup service to take away rubbish. What many people don't think about is that the men and women who do this job face serious risks each day while they try to get the trash collected. It is up to the refuse company to ensure that they are providing a safe work environment for these workers.

While some of the hazards for garbage collection professionals are similar to ones that others face, there are a few that aren't. Understanding these can help employers to keep their employees safe as they do this important job.

The consequences of severe depression

When people become extremely depressed, their lives may change for the worse in many different ways. They may lose friends, experience problems in their relationships with loved ones and even be unable to continue working. Depression may arise for many reasons, and can often come into someone's life over an unexpected tragedy. For example, someone may lose a spouse in a car crash or as a result of cancer, and this can bring them down to such an extent that they can barely function. Unfortunately, when someone misses work over depression they may also struggle with other problems resulting from their absence, such as financial struggles.

Some people think that those with depression should simply pull themselves up by their bootstraps and continue forward. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, especially for someone who is so emotionally distraught that they cannot eat or sleep. Sometimes, depression lasts for a relatively short period of time and people are able to recover from the symptoms they are experiencing. In other instances, someone may be depressed for many years, and this can shatter their career.

Establishing disability is critical for benefits to be collected

When a person is disabled to the point that he or she feels unable to complete their work-related duties, there is a chance that qualifications may be met to receive financial support from the Social Security program in California. Social Security disability benefits are awarded to people who have established adequate evidence that their medical condition is actively preventing them from being able to work or maintain a job, thus limiting their income. 

According to the Social Security Administration, some of the medical conditions that may qualify as disabilities include those related to the following:

  • Digestive issues
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses
  • Mental and neurological disorders
  • Certain skin disorders

Emergency responders face mental health trauma

There are many jobs that are stressful, but some have stressors that are more emotional than physical. Workers who are first responders face both mental and physical stress that can lead to mental health breakdowns that can have a negative impact on their ability to work, as well as their entire life.

Suicide, depression, anxiety and other similar issues, are, unfortunately, common among first responders. The very people who others call when they have emergencies are slowly succumbing to the stress and other problems that come with the demands of the job.

Mental challenges and the inability to work

When people think of Social Security Disability recipients, they may envision someone who is unable to work due to physical challenges such as immobility. However, there are a number of mental hardships that people face which also leave them unable to work, and these difficulties can arise for all sorts of reasons. For example, someone may develop an anxiety disorder as a result of a serious incident which took place on the job, and they cannot bring themselves to return to the workplace. Or, someone may have a mental disorder which leaves them unable to function in the workplace.

Unfortunately, some people choose not to pursue these benefits because they feel as if they will be turned down or they will not be taken seriously. Some people who are struggling with a mental disability believe that others will judge them for receiving benefits even though they may look like they are fully capable of working, at least from a physical point of view. Unfortunately, some people who have found themselves in this position have been reluctant to explore their options, which has led to financial problems that turn their life upside down (some have even resulted in homelessness, which can be difficult to recover from, and suicide).

Musculoskeletal conditions and Social Security Disability

When California residents realize they can no longer work because of a disability, they usually have many questions about what will happen next. Although many people can receive Social Security disability benefits, there are certain kinds of conditions which the Social Security Administration considers disabilities. If people want to receive disability benefits, it is important for them to know whether their condition will qualify. 

The SSA typically gives Social Security benefits to people who have a qualifying disability. According to the Social Security Administration, people usually need to have a disability that keeps them from working. This may mean that people cannot do new kinds of work or that they can no longer perform their old job. Additionally, any qualifying disability generally needs to be long-lasting and affect a person's life for one year or more.  

Employees suffering from depression may have disability rights

Physical injuries and illnesses, and the way that they affect a person's ability to do their job, tend to be easy to understand. For example, if a construction worker has injured their back, it is easy to see why they will not be able to continue their job, and why they should subsequently be deserving of disability benefits.

When a person is suffering from a mental illness such as depression, it can be equally as difficult for them to carry out their job. However, many people suffering from mental illnesses find it difficult to gain sympathy and recognition from their employers. Mental illness under the law is essentially treated on equal terms as any debilitating physical condition. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to understand your disability rights as a person suffering from depression.

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