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Federal legislation proposes cut-off dates for SSDI benefits

Georgia residents may be concerned to hear that legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that may make it more difficult for Social Security disability benefit recipients to retain their benefits. The bill, known as the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act, would place disability benefit recipients into one of four classifications based on the likelihood that their disability would improve.

Category one consists of those for whom medical improvement is expected. Category two consists of those for whom medical improvement is likely. Category three consists of those for whom medical improvement is possible. Finally, category four consists of those for whom medical improvement is not expected.

Obtaining SSDI benefits for blindness

Anyone in Georgia who has lost his or her sight has suffered one of humanity's worst afflictions. Losing the ability to see can have a devastating impact on all aspects of a person's life. For that reason, among others, the Social Security Administration has made the award of Social Security Disability Benefits almost automatic for persons who satisfy the agency's definition of blindness.

The loss of vision can be caused by an illness or accident or result from genetic causes. The loss of vision does not have to be complete to qualify for SSDI benefits. The SSA defines blindness as either (a) a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the best correction or (b) a limitation of the field of vision in the better eye that subtends an angle of no greater than 20 degrees. As with other SSD disabilities, the limitation of vision must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months.

Those in Georgia with bipolar disorder may need SSD benefits

When some hear the phrase "bipolar disorder" they may imagine a person going crazy and ending up in a mental hospital. However, these impressions are unwarranted, as there are many people in Georgia who live with bipolar disorder. Those with bipolar disorder suffer from episodes of mania and major depression. Often these episodes are unpredictable, which makes living one's everyday life very difficult.

Some symptoms of a manic episode include being unusually upbeat or feeling like one is extremely keyed up. A person going through a manic episode may also find that they have much more energy than usual, to the point of becoming easily agitated. They may experience euphoria and find they don't need as much sleep as usual. They may also be especially talkative and make extremely poor decisions. In addition, they may find that their thoughts are racing and they may find they are easily distracted.

Construction workers and denied workers' compensation claims

Do you work in the construction industry? If so, you know you could suffer an injury at any time. Even though you and your employer take steps to prevent injuries, there is no way to guarantee that this will happen.

For example, many construction workers spend time climbing ladders and working on scaffolding. If you happen to slip and fall, of course, there's a good chance you will suffer an injury, such as a broken bone.

What information needs to be in an SSI application in Georgia?

When people discuss certain government programs, they often refer simply to being on "disability" or "Social Security." However, the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees numerous different programs that are all governed by different federal statutes and regulations, and may also be implemented through state-based government agencies. This is true of the two major benefits programs the SSA administers in Georgia for those who have a disability that precludes them from working. The first of these is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and the second is Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The major difference in these two programs is that SSDI is meant to help those who have worked and paid into the disability insurance trust through income withholding, while SSI is needs-based, meant for those who have little or no income or assets.

The endocrine system and SSDI in Georgia

Many Georgia residents may not be familiar with exactly what the 'endocrine system' is, but their bodies could not function without it. In the amazingly complicated machines that make up human beings, not only do the muscles, bones and nerves have their jobs, but so too do smaller organs called 'glands.' These organs produce various hormones and other substances that act as regulators and messengers for systems throughout the body. When something goes wrong with one of these glands, the results can be serious.

Disorders of the endocrine system can include problems with the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid or adrenal glands, among others. The most well-known and common endocrine disorder, however, is probably diabetes. This disease affects the way the body processes sugar and can result in many serious complications, including both hyper- and hypoglycemia, which is too much or too little blood sugar. The effects of this disease can make it difficult to maintain full-time work depending on its severity, and may enable a person suffering from it to apply for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system.

Medicaid to receive $900M funding, bill signed Georgia governor

Certain government programs are in place to help a percentage of Georgia citizens who are unable to work for one-reason-or-another. These programs are always tight on funding. However, good news for Georgia Medicaid recipients can down through the Georgia state branch of legislation recently. Medicaid is to receive approximately a $900 million dollar boost in funding.

The funding is the result of a bill signed by Georgia's governor and worked on by both political parties. This bill, Senate Bill 70, has been in the works for several years and has finally been agreed upon. The bill sets to collect the revenue by ways of hospital fees that will bill hospital providers for an additional three year. This is good news for those with a level of physical or mental disability that renders them a portion of Medicaid, along with other SSI.

Hurt at work? Keep these 3 helpful tips in mind

Working as a firefighter is difficult, and as a female, your body takes the force and strain of the job particularly hard. You fight fires and participate in activities like anyone else in your station, but recently, you got hurt. Suddenly, you have found yourself without a job. You know you can't handle the stress on your body. You want to seek workers' compensation for your injury, but can you?

An injury that leaves you unable to work may lead to SSD benefits

Most people do not have the luxury of staying out of the work force. In fact, many Atlanta residents want to work, in some capacity. Most workers imagine that they will be working until approximately the average age of retirement. While most make it this long, some people suffer an injury along the way that makes it difficult or impossible for them to perform work. This makes keeping or securing a job nearly impossible.

Injuries that render Atlanta residents unable to work can happen anywhere at any time. With a family to support, this can be an incredibly challenging situation. The good news is that Social Security Disability benefits may be available for those who are injured and unable to work. For example, many people suffer from back injuries that can develop into serious persistent conditions that can even result in nerve disorders. For these types of persistent injuries and symptoms, working can be out of the question. At our law firm, we do our best to help our clients apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits for injuries.

Understanding how to qualify for disability for mental conditions

Disabilities due to mental conditions can have an impact on families and can prevent disabled individuals from earning a living to support their families. Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income provide options for disabled individuals. However, it can be difficult to successfully obtain much-needed benefits. Most applications, in fact, are denied. But, there is a rigorous appeals process available to applicants.

To help avoid frustration and obtain benefits, clearly understanding the application process, being familiar with the appeals process and having the right information can all be helpful when applying for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. A qualifying mental condition is required to obtain disability benefits. Certain mental conditions are considered qualifying for disability benefits. Additional medical conditions may also qualify for disability benefits based on the circumstances.

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