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The disability onset date is an important date

The disability onset date is an important date to be familiar with when seeking Social Security disability benefits. The disability onset date refers to the date that the disabled individual became unable to work because of a disabling medical condition. Social Security disability benefit payments begin with the application date once eligibility requirements for disability benefits are met.

Determining the disability onset date is important because it can impact the benefit pay period calculation and the applicant's eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration determines the onset date based on an evaluation of medical records, work history, application materials and information contained in the application and other types of evidence of the onset date.

SSD benefits for illness provide the financial help you need

When it comes to social security disability (SSD) benefits, it is important to understand that it is not restricted to injuries sustained on the job. There are other situations that qualify you for SSD benefits. If you develop an illness or disease, or have a condition that leaves you unable to work, you may be eligible to apply. Whether you are diagnosed with things such as liver disease, heart disease, cancer or other ailment, it may be in your best interest to apply for social security disability benefits for illness.

Financial stability and security is important and necessary for individuals and their families. You have bills to pay, medical expenses to take care of, a family to support and many other financial obligations. Having an illness that prevents you from working as much as you need will compromise your financial stability in ways that you cannot control, and you should not be left struggling because of it.

Understanding the Social Security disability application process

Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are important for many families and disabled individuals but the SSD application process can sometimes feel like a maze which is why it is helpful to understand the application and appeals processes inside and out. Social Security disability benefits can help with medical expenses and everyday cost of living expenses and needs disabled individuals may struggle with because of their disability.

Applicants for disability benefits should understand how to navigate the application process which includes the initial application and gathering of medical records. If the claim is initially denied, and many are, there are several levels of appeals options. The first level of appeal is the request for reconsideration. Following that, if the claim for disability benefits is again denied, the next level of appeal is a hearing before an administrative law judge. Additional appeals options, including an appeal to the Appeals Council and federal courts, are also available if the appeal is also denied following a hearing.

How do brain injuries affect victims?

Many scientists throughout the world agree that the human brain is one of the most complex systems known to man. It is crucial to human life, and we have only just begun to get an understanding of just how complex it is and how it works. But, like every other part of the human body, it can be damaged, and a damaged brain could lead to very serious or catastrophic results.

Brain injuries are not uncommon in the United States. Victims throughout the country, including many from Fayatteville, Georgia, Fayette County and the Atlanta, Georgia, area know just how serious a brain injury could be.

Relief on the horizon for American veterans

For years, it had become increasingly evident that veterans in the United States, including those from Fayetteville, Georgia, and the surrounding area, have been victim at times to less than ideal care from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It appears that relief may soon be on the horizon however, as Congress passed the Veterans Affairs Accountability Act on Wednesday, June 14.

As the name suggests, the bill holds employees of Veterans Affairs accountable for their actions or inactions. It is not exclusive to normal employees either, as executives are to be held accountable as well. It also offers further whistleblower protections to employees who report negligence of their boss or co-workers.

Recognizing the dangers of construction sites

Many people who walk or drive past a construction site are intimidated by the massive equipment and supplies being used, moved and installed at the site. It comes as no wonder that if an accident were to occur at a construction site, the results often leave victims with serious or catastrophic injuries.

The sheer size and power of the equipment, and the weight and size of the materials being used, also play a substantial role in construction accidents. Whether a crew is erecting a tower, creating a building or repairing or creating roads, there is always the potential for an accident. There are many hazards often associated with constructions sites that may lead to work-related injuries.

How compassionate allowance helps those with serious needs

The Social Security Administration was created to help protect Americans and to provide financial relief when they reach the age of retirement or when they suffer a disability that prevents them from working. The Social Security Disability Insurance program takes payments that were made through payroll tax contributions to help workers who suffer from a debilitating illness, injury or mental condition that prohibits them from maintaining gainful employment. The victim must also prove that the condition is expected to last at least a year or end in death.

The SSA has a list of accepted illnesses, injuries and mental conditions that a victim may refer to in order to determine whether they could be eligible for benefits, although even if a condition is not on the list it does not mean that they are not eligible. Any condition that meets the criteria could be accepted. The SSA also knows that some conditions are more serious than others.

An overview of spinal injuries

One of the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of the human body is the spine. The spinal cord contains nerves that connect from the brain to the rest of the body. Protecting the nerves are vertebrae, which are rings of bone that form the back bone or spinal column.

There are many ways that a spinal cord injury could occur. Such injuries are often serious, and could lead to long-term or life-long ramifications for the victim. Common causes of spinal cord injuries include but are limited to: accidents, such as slip and falls; motor vehicle accidents; sports injuries; construction accidents; or diseases such as spina bifida or polio. It is also possible that illnesses to other parts of the body could lead to a spinal cord injury.

New U.S. Federal budget may affect Social Security Disability

With President Trump now in office, many Americans are curious to see what new policies will be implemented and how they will affect the country. One of Trump's campaign promises was to drastically cut back on government spending, which likely would mean reduced or eradicated budgets for many federal departments. At the time of his campaign, he did promise not to cut spending to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. It now appears, however, that the promise may not be honored.

According to White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, it appears this administration is trying to make a distinction between a Social Security "core," likely meaning retirement benefits, and Social Security Disability benefits. There could be huge ramifications for this, which could affect millions of Americans throughout the country.

Understanding kidney disease

Recently, comedian and late night host John Oliver dedicated most of his popular show "Last Week Tonight" spotlighting problems with companies who provide kidney dialysis to Americans. It was an eye-opening feature story, and help shed the light on a disease that affects millions of Americans throughout the United States, including those from Atlanta, Georgia, all of Fayette County and the surrounding area.

Chronic kidney disease, also known as "CKD," affects as many as 26 million Americans and can lead to other serious health concerns, including heart disease and hypertension. Common causes of CKD include high blood pressure and diabetes, accounting for as much as two-thirds of all cases. Minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics, as well as seniors, are also at an increased risk.

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