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Backlog slows Social Security Disability benefits

In Georgia, a worker with an injury or illness that will keep them out of work for a year or more can look to Social Security Disability Insurance for financial assistance. This federal program is funded by the U.S. workforce. However, a burgeoning backlog is preventing injured and ill workers from getting the financial assistance they need.

Time for processing veterans' injury claims improves

In 2007, before the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense rolled out their Integrated Disability Evaluation System, the average amount of time it took for a veteran's benefit application to be processed was well over a year -- 540 days. Thanks to the IDES and improved cooperation between VA and DoD, the average processing time for a claim has dropped to 250 days. This means veterans with a service-connected disability claim receive the financial and medical benefits they need much more quickly.

When injury strikes, SSD benefits offer financial help

Readers may be surprised to learn that American workers have a 33 percent chance of suffering death or some form of disability before they are able to retire. Unfortunately, many workers have neither the savings nor the private disability insurance that would help offset the wages lost from their inability to work after such an injury. Social Security Disability Insurance is a government program that can help replace lost income in the event of a major injury or illness.

What bone injuries qualify for SSD benefits?

A broken bone, amputation, or spinal injury can be devastating. A person who suffers such an injurymay be unable to work, making it difficult to pay bills and make ends meet. If a bone-related injury prevents a person from working for at least a year, it may qualify the injured person for Social Security Disability Benefits, which will help make up for some of thelost wages and assist with other financial needs.

Do mental illnesses qualify for Social Security benefits?

It is an unfortunate fact that all across Atlanta individuals suffer from diseases and disorders that no one else can see. While a physical condition such as paralysis may be witnessed by another person, medical issues such as bipolar disorder or depression may lay under the surface of the sufferer's appearance.

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