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Is fibromyalgia stealing your ability to earn a living?

Alabama readers know that losing their ability to work can be a direct threat to their financial well-being. People who cannot work due to a disabling medical condition, mental disorder or serious injury could be eligible for disability benefits, but it is not always easy to get these benefits. This may be especially true for people who have unseen conditions, such as fibromyalgia.

If you have fibromyalgia, you know how frustrating it can be to suffer from an unseen yet serious medical condition. You may look healthy, but in reality, you have an illness that precludes you from holding gainful employment. If you believe that your case of fibromyalgia is severe enough to keep you from working, you may have a valid claim to benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Are veterans eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?

Alabamians should always recognize and thank military veterans for their service. And, military members are allotted certain benefits, such as medical care, pension and other benefits not allotted to non-military members and their families. Sometimes, whether due to a military injury or other injury or illness, a veteran is no longer able to keep or attain gainful employment.

What do these veterans do, and who do they turn to? While the VA is going to do their best to care for them, there are other civilian programs available that could help a veteran get through financially when they are no longer able to work.

Long-term medical care necessary for many Mobile veterans

An injury or medical condition can make it really difficult to obtain or keep a job. This is because the majority of jobs require some level of physical or mental stability in order to obtain or keep that job. For many military veterans, one of these health components was sacrificed in service to our country. For military members who have moved on from active duty and are returning to the workforce with an injury or health condition, finding steady work may be a challenge.

While it shouldn't be this way, unfortunately, an injury or illness can make it near impossible for an injured veteran to return to the work force. Veterans are given access to care and other benefits due to military service, but it doesn't always help by means of obtaining work outside of the military and returning to the work force. Income support can help to fill in the gaps when an injured veteran can't work. Social Security disability may be the program to help a veteran and their family fill in the income gap.

Whiplash can impact a person's ability to work

Some words or phrases are exactly what they sound like. Take, for instance, the word, "whiplash." Whiplash is an incident that occurs where the head and neck is whipped quickly or back and forth in a manner that causes spinal cord or soft-tissue injury. These injuries often occur in an Alabama car accident collisions or due to sports or work injuries. While it may sound minor, the reality is that whiplash injuries can vary in severity and impact a person ability to keep or acquire gainful employment.

If this occurs for one year or more, a person could have an injury associated with Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries. Whiplash injuries may sound minor or temporary, but many struggle with returning to life as normal after suffering such an injury. It can be difficult to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time, turn or lift things, which are often requirements of the average job. Without a way to keep or seek work and a healthy living wage, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be the only option left to seek.

New act passed by Senate affects representative payee and SSI

There has been much talk this year about changes to the social security program and also the SSI Supplemental Security Income program. Much of this has been just talk, but a recent development is anything but. The Senate recently passed an act that affects SSI recipients and their representatives, among other parties. It impacts how each state reviews and administers these federally-backed programs to their recipients.

The new act gives funding to each state that allows for a budget specifically for reviews of representative payees under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program. As many SSI recipients and their families know, a representative is common in properly managing SSI Supplemental Security Income benefits as oftentimes the recipient isn't able to manage it themselves. According to AARP, approximately 5.5 million beneficiaries rely on a representative payee to manage their SSI benefits. The act also puts stronger fraud detections in place to deter and catch those using SSI benefits fraudulently.

Seeking disability benefits for chronic fatigue syndrome

You're not just tired. You feel a bone-crushing exhaustion that even sleep doesn't relieve. You would give anything to get up and go to work or spend the day with your children. However, life is passing you by, and your family is beginning to suffer.

It doesn't help that people have no patience with your symptoms. They make callous remarks about your absences from work or tell you to drink more coffee. Some may even say you are just being lazy. Even your doctor doesn't take you seriously when you say you believe your symptoms are those of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Disability benefits for people with serious vision problems

Like people who suffer other serious handicaps, Mobile, Alabama, residents who are blind have to deal with a lot of special challenges. A typical person with good eyesight likely takes for granted all of the opportunities that they enjoy, and risks they are able to avoid, simply because they can see.

If an Alabama resident has less than 20/200 vision or has less than a 20-degree field of vision in the better of the person's eyes, then he or she is eligible to receive Social Security benefits. The applicant for benefits will have to prove that his or her blindness either already has lasted for one year or is reasonably expected to last that long. The condition cannot be correctable with contacts or glasses.

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