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September 2013 Archives

Cerebral palsy, muscle spasms prevent man from working

There are many people in Atlanta born with cerebral palsy each year, but what many people don't think about is that there is a chance that these children will never be able to work when they are older. That is not to say that some of them won't be able to find jobs or go to school, but many people with this debilitating illness find it hard to hold down a job. This means many of them will likely apply for Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Government wrongfully gave disability benefits to 36,000 people

In a move that has caused Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, to question whether the Social Security Administration is doing enough to monitor its disability benefits payments, the federal Government Accountability Office estimates that the Administration had wrongfully paid 36,000 people disability benefits during the two-year period between December 2010 and January 2013. While Democrats are quick to point out that erroneous payments are not enough to reduce funding for the program, wrongful payments do negatively affect people in Atlanta filing Social Security disability insurance benefits claims.

Disability appeal? Expect a 4- to 5-year wait

This blog has previously talked about the veterans' disability backlog which the Department of Veterans Affairs has been working hard to reduce, but that backlog is only one part of the wait that some veterans must endure before getting their benefits. If a Valdosta veteran was denied benefits or not given as much benefits as he or she believed he or she deserved for a service-connected disability, he or she will wait on average four to five years before all appeals are completed.

Dialysis patients caught in the middle of funding debate

It is a vote that many people in Rome may have missed, but earlier this year Congress voted to reduce funding to dialysis clinics across the country. For dialysis patients, however, the vote marked a huge decrease in funds for the clinics that they need to clean their blood. Dialysis patients live with end-stage kidney disease and many of them have filed disability claims, as they are often unable to work because of frequent trips to dialysis clinics. Patients either have no kidneys or the kidneys are malfunctioning, preventing them from properly cleaning the patients' blood.

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