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Compensation for service-related disabilities GA veterans suffer

This country's veterans have made some of the greatest sacrifices in service to our country. With this service and sacrifice can come lifelong medical issues like physical and mental disabilities that can leave veterans struggling to find or maintain a job. For veterans, there are a multitude of benefits available to them if they so need.

One of these benefits is access to benefits or compensation for your service-connected disability. This disability can be physical or psychological and it likely impairs your ability to seek or maintain work. Sadly, it can sometimes take deserving applicants many tries to achieve a favorable outcome when seeking a veterans' disability claim. Regardless, sometimes sheer resilience can get a person what they deserve.

New Social Security commissioner to be named?

Millions of Americans depend on Social Security benefits in order to make ends meet. Many have very little, to no other source of income. So it is even more important that the Social Security administration has a strong and decisive leader. For the last four years or so, the Social Security Administration has been without a permanent commissioner due to a variety of factors.

With the naming of a new President of the United States, many have speculated that this year may be the year of the naming of a new and permanent Social Security Administration commissioner. This person is essentially the head and face of the administration and will rule and comment on any changes or legislative issues that may affect the millions of Americans receiving some form of Social Security - including Social Security disability. Since the SSA has not seen many changes in recent years, many speculate that changes to the retirement age, and other factors that have been proposed, may be topics debated and ultimately decided on by the new commissioner and other decision-makers. Federal regulations could set the tone for changes explained by the existing or new commissioner.

The relationship between age, work injury and social security

Most Georgia residents will work full-time jobs the majority of their lives. A popular age to retire is often age 65. If an adult works full time from the age of adulthood, 18-years-old, until age of retirement, which is often 65, they will have worked 47 years. In those 47 years, it is very possible to assume that one may become injured, ill or otherwise unable to work. Some workers suffer injury or illness due to an incident or exposure at work and it can impact the rest of their lives.

There are a few programs available that can aid in helping injured workers. One such program helps workers by awarding SSDI benefits for injuries. SSDI benefits are not limited to those injured on the job, simply those who are unable to work due an injury. However, many of those injuries are sustained due to an accident or incident that happened at work. The federal government sought out to better understand how a work injury can affect workers based on age and how that affects SSDI benefits. It's important to know more because in one year alone, DI benefits paid out roughly $95 billion to injured workers.

What is COLA and how will it affect SSD benefits in 2017?

Social security disability is a federal program that's creation was conceived with the purpose of supporting those who cannot support themselves. When someone receives a social security disability award, it is generally a set amount that cannot be changed without petitioning for a change in amount. However, once in a while increases are approved for social security disability without request. One such increase is called COLA or cost-of-living adjustment.

COLA is a percentage increase determined by the Department of Labor Bureau to account for an increase in the Consumer Price Index. The Consumer Price Index is determined based on a variety of factors to account for inflation across industries for the average consumer. For 2017, the COLA was determined to rise .3 percent. This increase percentage will take affect for recipients of social security without further action on behalf of the recipient.

Work accident injury could qualify for social security disability

There are so many Fayetteville workers that are upstanding and responsible workers. Many work full or part-time for years without having any incident or injury. Meanwhile, every worker pays a portion of their earnings into federally obligated social security. However, some need to access social security funds prior to retirement. Social security disability exists for the sole reason of helping injured or ill workers make ends meet in the short or long-term.

However, social security disability funds do not just appear in your bank account. They have to be requested according to a strict and regimented set of rules. There are several steps in the process of proving that you are in fact eligible for social security disability and for how much you are entitled. In some cases, it is determined for a specific period of time.

President-elect hints at privatization of veterans' healthcare

Those that have served our country have often made immense sacrifice. The sacrifices made by our military, both current and retired, could be time away from family or even sacrifices of health or well-being. This is a huge reason why military members and veterans are offered healthcare benefits through the government. However, there has been talk that the new president-elect is thinking of privatizing veterans' benefits, specifically, veterans' healthcare.

This would take the entire system of veterans' healthcare and turn it on its head. In theory, it would allow veterans to see a doctor of their choosing, instead of the doctors working exclusively for the VA. There is the possibility to receive a combination of private and public healthcare, or to opt into the government's veterans' healthcare as it stands today. With the soon-to-exist change in the house, senate and in the White House, it's possible that VA benefits could see some ground-breaking changes.

Mental health can qualify for SSDI benefits for illness

Mental health diagnoses and treatment has come a long way in the last several decades. There was once a time when mental health issues were not even considered a medical illness. Thankfully, today there are medical diagnoses and treatments that can aid those suffering from mental illness. Just like with any illness, the ability to work when suffering from illness can be compromised.

Because mental illness may render one unable to work, one suffering from mental illness could quality for social security disability benefits for illness. Certain disorders like schizophrenia, anxiety and autism are on the list of illnesses that could be receiving of SSDI. There are other mental illnesses that are often covered that are not listed above. Essentially, the mental illness must prevent one from working for at least 12 months or more.

How age can affect social security disability benefits

Social security disability is a broad term given to financial aid given by the government to deserving people and families. Many people in the Fayetteville area receive or are eligible to receive social security disability benefits due to their personal or family situation. Many factors affect the outcome of a social security disability decision. One of those factors, age, can affect whether or not the decision is favorable and even the amount of the decision.

Families and individuals will receive social security disability for a multitude of different reasons. Some people are ill, or have suffered an injury. These illnesses or injuries are of such that they put the person at a disadvantage and this disadvantage is often compensable by the SSD fund. Age can affect how disability benefits change and flow. For example, after a certain age, you or a loved one receiving social security disability may automatically qualify for an increase in support.

We've helped many Georgia disabled veterans

Veterans deserve our utmost gratitude and respect. This is because many give up things, or even make the ultimate sacrifice, in service to our nation's security and well-being. Some of those that serve the country are injured in connection with their service. Some injuries heal, others leave some veterans with life-long disability or injury.

Those that live with a disability or illness after their service may qualify for certain veterans' benefits. These injuries may manifest physically or they can be psychological. Whatever the issue, veterans should receive the best care. Fayetteville veterans and their families may be able to receive veterans' benefits in the form of expense coverage related to the injury. This would be allocated after making a veterans' disability claim.

Did you know Social Security benefits can be checked online?

The process for applying for Social Security disability can feel long, arduous and it may seem difficult to stay on top of the status of your application. There are often multiple components that complete a full Social Security disability application. Knowing what to submit, and when, can feel overwhelming for some in Fayette County. There is another way to check on the status of your Social Security disability application and benefits.

The internet may feel foreign to some, especially for those that didn't grow up with that type of technology. However, if you are looking to make the process easier of checking on your application, accessing your benefits, or even appealing a Social Security decision - you can. The website of the Social Security Administration allows those interested in finding information or filing actions related to application or denial of benefits. If it seems like too much, there are third parties that can act on your behalf to handle the process of securing Social Security disability benefits.

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