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TBIs and Social Security Disability Benefits

There are many different types of injuries that Alabama residents may suffer that could qualify them to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. However, perhaps the most impactful injury that a person could suffer is commonly referred to as a traumatic brain injury. After all, the brain is what makes the whole body go - if it is damaged, the impact on a person's life can be substantial.

Although the word traumatic is included in the classification of this type of injury, there is a range of what is referred to as mild TBIs to the more severe types of TBIs. With a mild TBI, a person may experience difficulty sleeping, fatigue and sensitivity to stimuli, such as sound and light. With the most severe type of TBIs, symptoms and permanent conditions can be quite limiting. For example, some people who suffer severe TBIs experience a loss of coordination, nausea, agonizing headaches and even seizures.

Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020

On October 22, 2019, Social Security Administration announced a 1.6% increase in benefits for 2020. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be effective for Social Security disability beneficiaries for their December 2019 benefits that are payable in January of 2020. For SSI beneficiaries, the cost-of-living adjustment will be made for January 2020 but paid on December 31, 2019.

Does rheumatoid arthritis prevent you from earning a living?

Perhaps you watched your mother or grandmother struggle with aching, swollen joints that made it difficult for her to do the things she enjoyed. Maybe your father or grandfather had to give up those special hobbies because he no longer had the strength in his hands. Seeing the struggle and the loss of independence in your loved ones may have caused you to worry about your chances of developing the rheumatoid arthritis that gave them such pain and suffering.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease of the autoimmune system. It is not just a stiffening of the joints that occurs as you get older. If you saw someone in your family gradually lose mobility and energy because of RA, you may not be surprised that you are now facing the same issues. In fact, if your RA is making it more difficult to work, you may be considering applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Suicide prevention plan may help veterans with various issues

Our country rightly devotes quite a bit of resources to military veterans. In the last couple of decades, many veterans' issues that were not previously in the spotlight have been pushed to the forefront, including the rate of suicides by veterans. It is heartbreaking to think of our nation's military veterans feeling so hopeless that they believe suicide is the only option. Fortunately, some bipartisan support for legislation may devote even more resources to this sensitive area.

According to a recent report, a proposed law known as the "Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act" is receiving support from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The hope is that this act can be passed into law relatively soon, so that military veterans who are at risk of suicide can be reached - and helped - by the Veterans' Administration.

Stop the Wait ACT

In September it was announced that U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) authored a bill to eliminate the waiting period for Social Security Disability benefits. Currently, if someone is approved for Disability Insurance Benefits, which are the benefits you paid into when you were working, there is a 5-month waiting period before any payment can be received and a 24 month waiting period for Medicare benefits. This act would eliminate those wait times. This is especially important because both financial support and health insurance is critical to those who are disabled.

Working to help veterans get the benefits they deserve

United States servicemembers work hard to protect our country. When they leave the service and achieve veteran status, they deserve to have a country that works hard to take care of their needs. That is why veterans' benefits exist, and our law firm works hard to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Unfortunately, the process of getting veterans' benefits can sometimes seem complicated to those who are applying for those benefits. And, these days there are many veterans in America who have specific needs to address. The Veterans' Administration can become bogged down with the number of issues that must be addressed. Fortunately, with the right approach, many veterans are able to receive the help they need.

Spinal cord injuries can lead to a disability

There are all kinds of injuries that can cause Alabama residents to become disabled and unable to work to earn an income. However, typically only the most serious of injuries will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and may qualify an Alabama resident to receive SSD benefits.

Any type of damage to the spinal cord can impact a person's ability to control other parts of the body. Paralysis is a medical term that many of our readers are likely familiar with, and this can occur when the spinal cord is injured. One of the biggest problems with spinal cord injuries is that they are usually unique injuries, and medical treatment and surgery may not effective. A spinal cord injury is usually life-long.

How can liver disease lead to disability?

There are many, many different reasons that Alabama residents may end up eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. All kinds of injuries and illnesses can leave workers disabled and unable to work to earn an income. Liver disease, for example, is one common illness that can leave a person disabled.

How can liver disease lead to disability? Well, a person who suffers from liver disease can experience a wide range of symptoms from the disease, but chronic fatigue is the most likely of the possible symptoms to limit a person's ability to work. Without the necessary energy to work in the capacity the person did before the liver disease occurred, working and earning an income may not be possible, even if the person attempts to change to a different job that requires less physical exertion.

Cost-of-living increase coming for veterans' benefits

For many military veterans in Alabama, the benefits they receive are crucial to their finances. Particularly those who receive disability benefits, as they may have a limited ability to work and earn an income. Fortunately, each year Congress usually passes legislation to increase veterans' benefits with a cost-of-living adjustment. This year, according to reports, is no different.

The reports indicate that toward the end of September of this year, the president signed the appropriate legislation to implement the cost-of-living adjustment - commonly known as "COLA" - so that the adjustment will go into effect as usual. The adjustment for veterans' benefits will be the same as the one that will go into effect for Social Security benefits.

Depressive disorders may qualify you for disability benefits

Some days are good, and some are bad. You may be tired of having to explain yourself to others, or perhaps you don't even bother. You are not upset or feeling blue. You are not weak or a hypochondriac. You have one of the most frequently misunderstood mental health conditions: depression.

If you have found a doctor who recognized your symptoms and is providing the level of care you need, you are fortunate. Many struggle for years without a diagnosis and end up overmedicated or left to suffer on their own. However, a diagnosis is not enough if your condition is debilitating. If your depressive disorder makes it impossible for you to earn a living, you may be eligible to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

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