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Georgia residents celebrate 25 years of the ADA

There were celebrations and moments of reflection around Georgia and the nation recently as the country marked an important milestone in the lives of millions. It was 25 years ago that the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was signed into law.

The ADA has had a profound impact on many residents in Georgia and elsewhere. More than 56 million individuals around the country have a disability, including over half of those individuals who have a severe disability. Among other things, the law prohibits discrimination in employment for disabled individuals and grants those individuals access to public places and public transportation, as well as restaurants, hotels and other places.

Overcoming the hurdles in veterans' disability claims

Georgia residents work hard to support their families. This hard work can be jeopardized when a person suffers a serious injury that prevents the individual from working. Spouses, children and others are directly impacted when a person suffers a serious injury that prevents the person from earning an income.

Few people know this more than our nation's veterans. As discussed recently in this blog, many veterans suffer serious injuries in connection with their service, including head injuries, mental illness or other conditions. No matter what the specific injury is at issue, it can render the veteran unable to work, and therefore unable to earn an income to support one's self and dependents.

Which veterans are eligible for disability compensation?

Life can change in an instant for Georgia residents. Things that may be taken for granted one day can be drastically changed without notice, causing individuals to rearrange their life and deal with issues they never dreamed they would be dealing with before.

These issues often confront our nation's veterans, who put their lives on the line in service of their country. Last week, this blog discussed the recent visit to Georgia by VA Secretary Robert McDonald. The visit was intended to address a number of issues confronting local veterans, including access to care and financial assistance.

VA Secretary discusses veterans' issues during Georgia visit

It was another fun and memorable Fourth of July holiday for many Georgia residents. Whether individuals spent the holiday with family or friends, or doing something else, many were reminded of the true meaning of the holiday and the call to celebrate the freedom and liberty enjoyed by Americans. Many also spent time during the holiday paying tribute to those who protect and uphold these freedoms, our nation's veterans.

Unfortunately, veterans have a number of issues they have to deal with as a result of their service to their country. Many veterans deal with homelessness and a lack of medical care to treat the veterans' injuries suffered during their service. Indeed, 10 of the 100 worst Veterans Administration facilities are located in Georgia and Southern Alabama, according to new government research.

What occurs during a hearing on disability benefits?

When Georgia residents have an important goal they want to reach, the road to accomplish that goal can be full of obstructions and difficulties. There can be numerous setbacks along the way, with each presenting a new challenge that must be overcome to continue down the road.

Last week, this blog discussed how individuals who have been denied social security disability benefits can appeal the denial. There are multiple levels of appeal that may be taken, each with different requirements and procedures at play.

What can one do when a request for disability benefits is denied?

Nobody is perfect, as much as Georgia residents might want to believe otherwise from time to time. When other persons or entities make errors that fundamentally affect Georgia residents, those individuals may have some recourse available to correct the errors, at least in the context of errors involving Social Security disability benefits.

As discussed previously in this blog, there are a number of requirements that apply when a person applies for Social Security benefits. Despite a person doing his or her best to satisfy these requirements, it can seem like the end of the road when the person is denied Social Security disability benefits.

Short and long term goals with SSDI claims

Many Georgia residents find it important to set short and long term goals in their personal and professional lives. These goals may take much time, effort and resources to achieve, but the end result can be well worth it.

Take, for example, the process of healing and moving on with life after one suffers a disability. This is, of course, a major event in a person's life, and the individual often sets short and long term goals directly addressing the disability and dealing with related issues like how to go on earning a living.

Returning to work after SSDI benefits

Many Georgia residents work hard to make a living for themselves and their families. Given this hard work, it can be incredibly frustrating and disheartening when a person suffers a setback that impacts their ability to provide a living. However, options may be available when the individual has an inability to work and earn a living.

Last week, this blog discussed the differences that exist between Social Security Disability Insurance and workers' compensation. Both programs may come into play under certain circumstances, such as when a person suffers a work accident that leaves him or her unable to work.

What is the difference between workers' compensation and SSDI?

It can be very traumatic when Georgia residents suffer a serious injury. The injury can affect many different aspects of a person's life, including their home life and work life. While this is true no matter where the injury occurs, the aftermath of the injury can become even more complex when the injury itself is suffered in a work accident.

Individuals may be entitled to different kinds of benefits when the injury is suffered at work. Namely, workers' compensation benefits may be triggered after a work accident, as well as Social Security disability benefits. These two programs are the largest disability benefit programs in the country. However, the programs differ in many facets.

Do you need help in applying for veteran's benefits?

Another Memorial Day has come and gone for Georgia residents. Many individuals used the holiday as it was intended by paying tribute to local veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service for their country. Of course, the tributes and thanks do not end now that Memorial Day is gone, particularly for those living veterans who are need of assistance due to injuries they suffered while serving their country.

Fortunately, assistance is available for our veterans through different forms, including a veterans' disability claim. Veterans who have suffered injuries may be eligible for benefits by filing the disability claim.

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