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What benefits can victims of traumatic brain injuries receive?

There are few things more valuable to Georgia residents than their health. Accordingly, when an individual sustains a serious injury, it can have a dramatic impact in multiple phases of a person's life.

One area that can be impacted in particular after an injury is a person's professional life. While performing tasks around the house may be difficult after a serious injury, returning to work can seem nearly impossible.

What disability benefits are veterans entitled to receive?

There are few individuals who have done more to gain the respect of Georgia residents than local veterans. Veterans have put everything on the line for their country, including their lives and personal health. While their sacrifice is appreciated by Georgia residents, veterans' injuries during their service can lead them searching for help in the years and decades to follow.

A significant part of this help may come through the availability of Veterans benefits, given the financial challenges that can be present for those struggling with service-related injuries or diseases. Veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of their service-related injuries are eligible for disability compensation.

New law changes financial options for those with disabilities

The New Year is a time for new beginnings for Georgia residents. While most of these changes are personal, there are also new laws on the books that may affect Georgia residents in a number of different ways. Among these new laws is the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, otherwise known as the ABLE Act, which could dramatically change life for those living with a disability.

Typically, when individuals with disabilities set aside money to pay for certain expenses, they may be disqualified from Medicaid benefits and Social Security. This is surprising to many individuals, given how it is generally a positive thing to be putting money aside and saving for different goals.

Helping you navigate through the Social Security benefits process

With the New Year now here, many Georgia residents have made resolutions for different ways in which they wish to improve their lives. For some individuals, health concerns top the list, as they are looking to improve their physical and mental well-being. For others, financial goals may be in mind, including improving their savings or paying down debt.

For individuals who are suffering from an illness, such as cancer, heart disease or otherwise, there may be both health and financial concerns that must be addressed in the New Year. Namely, individuals must not only focus on their physical and emotional well-being, they must also deal with the financial repercussions of losing income from not being able to work.

What work history requirements apply for a SSD claim?

Many Georgia residents have went through the process of applying for new jobs and demonstrating that they have the work experience necessary to be hired. In some respects, the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is similar, in that part of the process is centered on demonstrating a person's work history before their recent inability to work.

Typically, there are two different tests that apply for someone who is applying for disability benefits. The first test looks at a person's recent work history, along with their age. For example, if a person gets injured before their 24th birthday, the person must typically show they worked for one and a half years during the three-year period before their disability began. These numbers vary for individuals older than 24. For instance, a person over 31 years of age must show he or she worked for five of the ten years before his or her disability began.

Wait times in Georgia for Social Security disability claims

In Georgia, and around the country, the increasing number of baby boomers has changed the social landscape. The changing demographics have also had many secondary consequences as the increased demand for services by baby boomers has put strains on those services.

One area in which this is particularly true is with Social Security disability benefits for injuries. Many Georgian baby boomers are aging and more likely to suffer injuries that impact their ability to work and earn an income. As a result, many baby boomers have filed claims for Social Security disability benefits as a result of injuries they have suffered.

Working with clients to build a case for disability benefits

While the holiday season can be an enjoyable time of year for Atlanta residents, it can also present financial challenges due to the increased expenses that inevitably arise. This is particularly true for those who have lost their jobs and are dealing with medical bills and other living expenses.

For many individuals, an essential part of meeting these financial challenges is relying on Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. As a result, it is vital that individuals who are entitled to benefits take the right steps to get their claims approved.

Can veterans receive Social Security disability benefits?

As discussed previously in this blog, Georgia veterans have a variety of benefits available at their disposal for which they may be eligible. However, it is important that veterans understand the differences between separate kinds of benefits and what Social Security disability benefits may mean for them.

First, it is important that veterans understand that they must fill out an application for Social Security benefits that is separate from the benefits that they may be eligible through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Social Security benefit claims are expedited for veterans, but they must still fill out the correct paperwork in order to apply.

Getting help to Georgia's veterans through various benefits

While another Veterans Day has come and gone, many Georgia residents remain mindful of those who serve. The sacrifices made by veterans are virtually unmatched by any other group in society, as veterans put their lives on the line to serve the country they love.

Among the veterans who have served with pride are countless women of all ages and ranks. As with their male counterparts, female veterans may be able to qualify for a variety of veterans benefits, including disability compensation, education and training benefits, home loans and other benefits.

The steps to determine if someone is disabled for benefits

Georgia residents know themselves better than anyone else. When a person is unable to work because of his or her health, for example, the person is typically the first to know. When the person's inability to work is the basis for a Social Security disability benefits application, however, the person must meet certain requirements to demonstrate the person is unable to work.

First, a person generally cannot be considered disabled if they are working and earning above a certain amount. For 2014, if the person earns more than $1,070 per month, it may bar the person from being considered disabled. Next, the person must show his or her disability interferes with basic work-related activities.

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