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Those with a qualifying physical/mental condition can seek SSI

While most people in Georgia eventually get a job, some have physical or mental limitations that keep them from being able to work, meaning they never paid into the Social Security system. While this means that they would not be able to seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, they may still be able to seek Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

The SSI program is in place to provide financial assistance to those who have a long-term medical condition, but have not been able to work due to their illness or injury. SSI benefits can help a person provide for his or her everyday expenses, such as rent, clothing and food. In addition, those who receive SSI may also qualify for Medicaid benefits that could go a long way in covering the recipient's medical expenses.

When is an amputation necessary and what are some complications?

Sometimes, a person in Atlanta suffers such a severe injury or illness that they need a limb amputated. There are many reasons why people get amputations. For those in the military, a combat injury could result in an amputation. A person may also need an amputation if they were in a serious car crash. Other reasons for amputation include cancer, infections, burns, diabetes and frostbite. In the end, though, amputations become necessary when there is insufficient blood flow to a person's limbs, resulting in infection and tissue death.

When an amputation is performed, the person will receive either spinal anesthesia or general anesthesia. The surgeon will look for a pulse near the joint of the limb that is to be amputated. The surgeon will also note the color of the person's skin at that site, as well as the skin's temperature. The pain in the affected limb, when contrasted to the feeling in the non-affected limb, will also be noted.

What is included in a consultative exam for disability benefits?

People in Georgia and across the nation who are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits need to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the medical evidence necessary to prove an impairment exists, rendering them unable to work. If the SSA finds that the evidence submitted from the applicant's medical source is insufficient for the SSA to decide whether the applicant has such an impairment, the SSA may ask the applicant to undergo a consultative exam.

After the consultative exam, a report will be created. The report will contain the applicant's chief medical complaints. It will also contain a detailed history of said complaints.

What work abilities are considered for SSD benefits?

Sometimes, a person in Atlanta suffers from a disability that does not fall under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) "Listing of Impairments." Therefore, to determine what work activities the person can still do despite his or her disability, the SSA will determine what the person's "residual functional capacity."

In making such a determination, the SSA will examine the evidence the person provides in their application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The SSA will then decide whether, despite the person's limitations, the person is able to perform certain work activities.

Depression and anxiety affects the brain

Georgia residents may be interested to hear that according to numerous studies, almost 50 percent of individuals who have a one mental illness also suffer from a second mental illness concurrently. For example, if an individual has depression, they may also exhibit symptoms of other mental illnesses, such as anxiety. For this reason, researchers have funneled their efforts to determining the risk factors that point to mental illnesses.

To that end, a study was performed at Duke University to see if there were any commonalities behind all mental illnesses. The study, which examined more than 1,200 undergraduate students, who all suffered from at least one kind of mental illness, revealed that there were differences in the cerebellum. Participants in the study underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and completed a mental health assessment.

Disability benefits: what is a "disability onset date?"

When a person in Georgia is awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the benefits will not be paid retroactively. Instead, it will commence starting at the date the person applied for benefits, so long as all other requirements for benefits have been satisfied.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) still needs to ascertain the person's "disability onset date." This is the date that the person ceased being able to work due to their disabling illness or injury. A person's disability onset date can have an effect on the person's benefit pay period, or even whether the person qualifies for SSD benefits.

What are some examples of complications from colostomy?

Sometimes, after a person in Georgia has surgery on their colon because of colon cancer or other conditions, they are fitted with a colostomy bag. A colostomy bag collects the person's bodily waste, but there are a number of complications from colostomy a person could suffer.

One common complication from a colostomy is a hernia. Hernias are bulging piece of a person's organs, such as their colon, that pushes through the person's abdominal muscles. Some symptoms a person with an abdominal hernia include bulging near the stoma, trouble with irrigation, blockages and colon prolapse. And, serious abdominal hernias may require a surgical procedure.

3 common questions about workers' compensation

You always worked in a field that had potential hazards, but you never thought you'd be the person to get hurt. That all changed when you went to a new work site last week. Someone there didn't put together the scaffolding correctly, and you fell. You hurt your neck and back, and now you have injuries that require medical care.

You know that you have a right to workers' compensation, because you got hurt on the job. Can you seek medical attention after you get home from work? Do you need to go right away? Here are some common questions and answers you may be asking yourself.

Georgia attorneys help those with mental disorders seek benefits

Mental disabilities often go by silent and unnoticed. After all, it is easy to see why a person in a wheelchair or carrying an oxygen tank may be disabled, but mental disorders carry no physical. And, there is still a stigma attached to mental disabilities, even if the person has sought treatment.

Nonetheless, mental disabilities can be every bit as life altering as physical disabilities. A person with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or post-traumatic stress disorder, among other mental conditions, may be unable to work or even leave their home. In some cases, they may require hospitalization. Mental disabilities can affect everyone -- rich or poor, young or old, from Georgia to California and all points in between.

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.

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