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October 2014 Archives

The impact of work-related injuries

Every year thousands of Americans suffer work-related injuries that leave them unable to return to work. This is true despite the fact that daily progress is made across every sector of the economy to improve the safety of working conditions, and despite the fact that whole government agencies, such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, are dedicated to ensuring that workplaces throughout the country are safe.

What are the evidentiary requirements for proving disability?

By now most of our Los Angeles readers know from previous posts here that meeting the medical requirements to qualify for Social Security Disability can be the trickiest part of the application process. Although you may feel like you know the details of your disability inside and out, sometimes the hard part is explaining the disability to someone else. This leaves many people asking, "Exactly what type of evidence do I need to provide?"

What is "Ticket to Work?"

The Social Security Administration knows that there are many people who receive disability benefits who would like to work if they can. Greater understanding among employers of disabilities and the limitations they cause has led to many more places that are willing to accommodate even the most severely disabled person, if they are still willing and able to contribute to the workforce.

The right approach to helping your disabled child

Parents of disabled children are oftentimes frustrated with their ability - or inability - to help their child. For any parent whose child suffers from a severe disability, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome, the challenges can at times seem insurmountable, no matter how much they love their children. These parents are so often looking for help, and many may not realize that financial assistance could be available through Supplemental Security Income.

Hope remains for California residents living with a disability

For many people, dealing with the inability to work due to a disability is a crushing blow to their confidence. For better or worse one of the primary things people identify with is their careers. Just look at how a typical conversation goes at a cocktail party: introductions, pleasantries and then usually the question, "So, what do you do?"

The evaluation process for determining disability

The Social Security Administration does a pretty good job of educating the public on the fact that SSD benefits are available for those who qualify. However, there are certain aspects of both the application process and the benefits themselves that are still unknown to most people. For instance, as a recent article noted, an individual who is applying for Social Security Disability benefits needs to have been an active participant in the workforce for a set amount of time. A close look at an applicant's work history is a crucial part of the Social Security Administration's evaluation process when determining whether or not the applicant is qualified to receive SSD benefits.

The right approach to applying for Social Security Disability

When a Los Angeles resident suffers from a serious injury or illness, there can be a lot of trepidation about what the next steps should be. This is particularly true when the injury or illness leaves that individual unable to work and earn an income to support themselves and their family.

Can you qualify for SSD benefits for a mental disorder?

Millions of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, but it has only been in recent years that this very important issue has begun to receive the attention it deserves. Medical professionals know that many types of mental illness are so debilitating that the person suffering from the illness does not have many options to lead a normal life. But, can someone qualify for Social Security Disability benefits due to a mental disorder?

The interplay between workers' compensation and SSD benefits

Of the millions of people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits each year, many of them are doing so because they suffered a work-related injury. As a result, these people are unable to work and need to find a way to make up the difference for these lost wages in their household finances.

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