Atlanta Social Security Disability Law Blog
Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome often struggle doing daily activities. For those who have kids, life can be even more challenging. Taking care of children when you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome can be a daunting task as some people have a hard time getting out of bed for days or weeks at a time.
The challenges of raising a family when you suffer from one of these medical conditions can be very hard to accept. Some parents may feel like they are letting their children and family down. However, individuals living with these conditions should know they are not alone and that help is out there.
Many people have heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This mental condition affects 11 percent of children according to the latest study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an increase from 7.8 percent of children in 2003. The CDC said that this is one of the most common chronic conditions that affects children across the country, including many right here in Atlanta.
Although the number of children that are diagnosed with the condition is increasing, experts aren't sure if the condition is more prominent or if doctors are just better at diagnosing the condition than they were in the past. Whatever the case may be, doctors are also prescribing medications to two-thirds of the children who are diagnosed.
Social Security disability benefits help millions of people in the United States every year. SSDI recipients often rely on these benefits to help pay for monthly living expenses that they otherwise may not be able to afford.
SSDI benefits help many Americans. Unfortunately, new reports show that more SSDI claims are being denied by administrative law judges in the U.S. The increase in denied claims has led to more applicants going to federal court to try and have their cases approved.
Millions of people suffer from depression in the United States. Depression is one of the most common types of mental illnesses in the world, and a new report found that depression is a common reason for disability.
Depression causes disinterest or sadness in things a person once enjoyed. Many people who suffer from depression have mental and physical problems that make it difficult to continue working so it is not surprising that depression is the second leading cause of disability in the world.
Yesterday the country honored our nation's former and current veterans for their service and dedication to America. Veterans make several sacrifices during their service, including risking their lives, and many veterans come home with disabling injuries that make it difficult to work.
Veterans who have become disabled due to an injury can receive veteran's benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, veterans and current military members are also eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
In order for a child to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, his or her family must meet certain criteria. For example, the family can't earn more than two times the poverty level, nor can it have more than $3,000 in assets. Of course, the child must also have a qualifying disability, but that goes without saying.
Unfortunately, less than one-quarter of children with disabilities will actually receive federal benefits. These are children who ostensibly have qualifying disabilities and many of whom probably come from families living in poverty. Despite this, they will not receive benefits, which may leave parents struggling to figure out how to make ends meet while still fulfilling the child's medical needs.
We have previously spoken about how disability benefits are not just for adults. Supplemental Security Income benefits can help both adults who are unable to work and children with severe disabilities. There are people throughout Georgia who are otherwise ineligible for disability benefits through Social Security disability insurance because they have never been able to pay into Social Security, so they turn to Supplemental Security Income. These benefits are based purely on disability, not on an individual's work history, which is also the reason why children are eligible.
Moreover, there are certain conditions that the government recognizes as being so severe and so disruptive that they fast-track applications for individuals with the conditions. Known as compassionate allowance, the Social Security Administration knows that if anyone is diagnosed with this condition, he or she will more likely than not need disability benefits and does not want to burden the individual with a long wait to be approved.
Many people in Atlanta look to news programming as a source of credible information. There are, of course, some programs that command a little less respect than they should, but "60 Minutes" is generally regarded as honest and informative. For disability service providers, however, a recent episode on disability benefits has been criticized as misleading.
Many organizations have expressed their displeasure over the episode by attempting to rectify some of the misinformation provided in the episode. Prior to its airing, over 20 national disability groups reached out to the executive editor of "60 Minutes" to remind him that there are serious ramifications for providing inaccurate information about disability benefits. The letter did not seem to make much of a difference, however.
It may seem an odd way to measure tolerance, but who appears on television shows is an important reflection of American society. Television has suffered for years from portraying very few types of characters; most characters were white, able-bodied and heterosexual. As any avid television watcher in Atlanta can tell you, however, those characters are slowly being replaced by a much more diverse group.
One group of characters to emerge are those with disabilities. Last year, there were only four characters with disabilities on broadcast television, but that number has since doubled. There are now eight actors playing characters with disabilities, although these eight are only 1 percent of all characters on television.
In our previous posts we wrote about the impact the government shutdown is having on individuals who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Though those individuals should continue to receive those benefits as usual, the same may not be said of our nation’s veterans.
While much has been made in the news regarding veteran’s inability to access our nation’s national monuments, the effect of the shutdown on these individuals could be much more serious. Should the shutdown continue, veterans living in Peachtree City could find that they are missing out on pension pay and disability payments.