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Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries Archives

When should I apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

People frequently ask when is the time to apply for Social Security Disability. There are some simple considerations to keep in mind before considering toapply for Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security Disability beneficiaries improperly paid

Social Security Disability beneficiaries reportedly received an estimated $1.3 billion in "potentially improper payments." You may have seen this news coverage of a recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The limited methodology used to generate GAO's estimates only compared Social Security Administration (SSA) data with earnings data from the National Database of New Hires (NDNH) and did not take into account Social Security's work rules, making GAO's estimates incomplete at best. An accurate figure cannot be produced without a more in-depth, case-by-case investigation by SSA.

Even SSD applications are online, but is convenient always best?

With the advancements that have been made in technology, we can basically run our entire lives from our computers. We can order our lunch and have it arrive on our doorstep. We can download the next book we want to read onto our tablet. When a pipe bursts, we can even schedule an appointment for a plumber online. But is all of this efficiency always in our best interests?

Pennsylvania man's spinal injury recovery provides inspiration

In many cases, spinal cord injuries are something a person must deal with his or her entire life. This disabling injury can leave a person unable to lose some or nearly all motor function, which is undoubtedly life changing. One Pennsylvania man, however, has beaten the odds, and his recovery from a serious spinal injury has become an inspiration. 

Pennsylvania woman deals with effects of 13-year-old brain injury

Falling victim to a brain injury can literally change a person's entire life in an instant. Brain damage -- which is often permanent -- can limit a person's cognitive, speech, memory and motor skills, which can make common tasks a major challenge. One Pennsylvania woman is currently dealing with this reality, and her brain injury is over a decade old.

Traumatic brain injuries are an increasingly common disability

Over the last couple years, traumatic brain injuries have become an increasingly common topic of discussion. The NFL player class-action lawsuit in Pennsylvania court may be one of the biggest inspirations for this conversation. Whatever the case, this talk has placed a particular importance on expanding medical research to better understand and treat this disabling injury.

Airport security lines adapt for travelers with disabilities

For many people, going through airport security lines is hardly an enjoyable experience. It often involves waiting in long lines and all of the required actions can be stressful. However, this process might be even more uncomfortable and frustrating for a person with a disability. For instance, a person navigating airport security lines in a wheelchair may encounter difficulties with metal detectors.

Aging Americans turn to Social Security when jobs are scarce

As Americans continue to find their way out of difficult situations brought on by the recession, certain groups of workers are having a harder time recovering from the financial slump than others. According to the New York Times, many baby boomers who are nearing retirement age are at a disadvantage in getting hired in today's workplace.

Disabled Pennsylvania brothers hit by hardships

Two Pennsylvania brothers have encountered numerous difficult events recently. The brothers live together in their childhood home in eastern Pennsylvania. In addition to struggling with health issues, the brothers lost both of their parents this year.

Veterans wait months for disability claims to be processed

After returning home from service, many veterans suffer from injuries and illnesses which can be attributed to their time in the military. While veterans can apply for Social Security disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the process is painstakingly slow for many veterans.

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