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April 2012 Archives

Disabled unemployment rate rises in first quarter of 2012

Although today's job environment is difficult for everyone in the Pittsburgh area, legal and financial experts say the current economic conditions may be taking an undue toll on disabled individuals throughout the country.

Amputee inspires others through work

A Pennsylvania man whose left leg was amputated at the knee has begun working for the company that created his prosthesis with the hopes of inspiring other amputees, many of whom may be receiving SSDI for injuries sustained at work and in other settings.

Affordable Care Act may bolster miners' benefits

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- "Obamacare" to detractors -- will result in expanded benefits from black lung sufferers if it is approved by the Supreme Court. This has huge implications for those who suffer from respiratory conditions related to coal mines, particularly those receiving SSDI benefits.

Man finds himself in the middle of bureaucratic mess

When his schizophrenia interfered with his ability to hold a steady job, a young man in the Midwest applied for Social Security disability benefits. Like many in Pittsburgh and throughout the nation, his application was denied. After he submitted his appeal for the benefits, he applied for unemployment to tide him over until his appeal was processed.

Abdominal hernias, and inguinal hernias are common work injuries

Hernias, and abdominal hernias from lifting or heavy lifting can result in an inability to work. Inguinal hernias account for 75% of all abdominal hernias. A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through it's wall cavity. Abdominal hernias push through the abdominal wall.

Many find financial relief for debilitating mental health problems

Individuals who suffer from mental disabilities or disorders that prevent them from supporting themselves financially should know that there is help available. One option for financial security is applying for government disability benefits. Pittsburgh residents who have submitted a Social Security disability claim have be able to qualify for monthly checks and Medicaid benefits, if they are approved.

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