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January 2020 Archives

Disabled people worried about proposed benefits changes

Many disabled people have been worried by recent indications that the Trump administration is considering reducing disability benefits, or making it harder for disabled people to apply for or keep their benefits.

What should I know about SSD claims for disabled veterans?

Alabama residents who have served in the Armed Forces deserve a debt of gratitude. For some, their service led to injuries and disabilities. When this is the case, it is important for them to understand how veterans' injuries can warrant an approval for Social Security disability benefits. If the veteran has been categorized as 100% disabled, they are eligible to have their case expedited.

What should I know about resources when I seek SSI benefits?

When an Alabama resident is blind or disabled, has limited income and resources and is 65 or older, that individual can apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). People tend to focus on what is perceived as the most important aspect of a claim -- the disability or blindness -- and forget that their resources must be limited to be approved for SSI benefits. Understanding resources is a critical factor to get the benefits. Failure to do so can result in denied SSI claims. For these issues, it might be useful to have legal advice.

Department of Defense to Begin Recording Troop's Blast Exposure

The U.S. military will now begin to record blast exposures experienced by troops during their period of active duty military service. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Department of Defense to track blast exposure, duration, and if possible, blast pressure readings. The new record is intended to aid Veterans after service to receive the appropriate medical care, as well as being assessed accurately for VA disability benefits.

VA Math and How to Qualify for Individual Unemployability

VA offers two ways for Veterans to be paid at the 100% disability rate - either get there through the schedule for rating disabilities or qualify for total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) - i.e. be unable to work because of service-connected disabilities.

The right approach to getting approved to receive SSI

There are millions of Americans, including many in Alabama, who are benefitting from the stability and growth we are seeing in the national economy. However, there are also some people who have never had a chance to participate in the workforce, oftentimes due to a physical or mental disability. For those individuals, applying to receive Supplemental Security Income may be their only shot to get much needed financial support.

Rheumatoid arthritis and disability benefits

The aching in your hands became a source of frustration, so you sought the advice of your doctor. You may have undergone blood tests, X-rays and examinations by specialists before receiving the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Upsetting as that diagnosis may have been, it probably did not come as a surprise, especially if you have family members who also suffered from this debilitating condition.

Can a neck injury qualify you to receive SSD benefits?

When it comes to Social Security Disability benefits, being "disabled," as that term is defined by the Social Security Administration, is all about whether or not a person is able to continue to work and earn an income. As our readers may know from having seen previous posts here, the SSA heavily scrutinizes applications for SSD benefits, leading to many initial applications being denied. Therefore, the severity of a person's disability is crucial.

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