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Consideration of vocational factors for SSD benefits

Social Security disability benefits are available to those who are suffering from a disability that renders them unable to work for an extended period of time. Eligibility to receive SSD benefits usually depends upon an applicant's ability to meet the SSA requirements for listed medical or mental conditions, but it may also hinge upon a number of vocational factors.

If an applicant does not have a qualifying medical or mental condition or is unable to meet the criteria for a medical or mental condition listed in the Blue Book, it does not necessarily mean that they will be unable to receive SSD benefits. The SSA will consider other 'vocational' factors when determining eligibility.

Disability benefits for children with autism

Social Security disability benefits are not limited to adults. Children in Ohio with qualifying disabilities, such as autism, may be evaluated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as well. The SSA will generally determine the level of a child's impairment by comparing their mental functioning to other children of the same age who do not have impairments.

A previous blog post discussed the requirements that adults with autism must meet in order to qualify for SSD benefits. This post will examine some of the slightly different requirements for children with autism.

Ohio allocates $44 million for workplace safety

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) recently approved the plan that it introduced in March of this year to set aside $44 million for workplace safety and wellness. The state will be awarding these funds over a two-year period of time to specific small businesses and workers with certain workplace injuries.

This initiative is part of the plan to rebate approximately $1 billion in premiums from 2016 to Ohio businesses. The program will benefit employers with 50 or fewer employees in the construction, manufacturing, police and fire and agriculture industries. These are notoriously high-risk industries, in which physical injury and occupational disease claims are more prevalent due to the nature of work involved.

Cumulative trauma injuries can affect your health and career

If you suffer injuries in a workplace accident, you may be aware of the fact that you have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits. However, you may be less sure of your rights and options if you are currently suffering from the impact of a cumulative trauma injury that is the result of your job.

Cumulative trauma injuries occur in individuals who repeat the same motions over and over. From continued heavy lifting to doing computer work all day, these types of injuries are unseen yet can cause significant painful damage to muscles, nerves and tendons. Ohio workers who are suffering because of their job could still be eligible for benefits even if the injury is not the result of a one-time accident.

What to do if a Social Security disability claim is denied

The process of filing for Social Security disability insurance is complicated for residents of Ohio and across the country. After obtaining all the medical documentation and submitting all the forms, the last thing an applicant wants to hear is that they have been denied. However, if this is the case, it may be possible to appeal the Social Security Administration's decision.

There are several things to keep in mind when preparing an appeal. Missing a deadline can waive your right to an appeal. An initial denial must be appealed in writing within 60 days of receiving the denial letter. The denial letter should clearly state any other deadlines and they should be adhered to.

Social Security disability benefits for anxiety disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, however it can also be a debilitating mental disorder that interferes with one's ability to work. In that case, filing for disability may be a good option.

There are many types of anxiety disorders and collectively they comprise one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, millions of people are affected by anxiety disorders.

Is SSI the same as Social Security Disability benefits?

While dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be a complex ― and often maddening ― process, recognizing the differences and distinctions between the various laws and benefits can make the ordeal downright impossible.

For instance, many people continue to be confused by the fact that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is actually very different than Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. So, if you want to make sure you get the benefits you deserve, you need to understand the differences between these two programs, especially since their eligibility requirements are not the same.

How long do you have to file a workers' compensation claim?

There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained from working in a variety of industries.

For example, those in the factory or warehouse industries may suffer a back injury from heavy lifting. Those in the construction industry may contract an occupational disease due to exposure to hazardous materials. Cumulative trauma injuries like carpal tunnel may develop for those engaged in office work. For these types of injuries, workers' compensation may be able to provide some financial help for those unable to work.

Workers' compensation still available for traveling employees

What do a salesman, a truck driver and a consultant have in common? They all travel extensively for work. Whether on the road, in an airport or at a hotel, on-the-job injuries can happen and when they do, workers' compensation may provide the financial support necessary during recovery.

Our firm can help determine whether a worker is entitled to workers' compensation benefits if that person is hurt on the job, whether in Ohio or out of state. Ohio has complex coverage laws and you may be able to recover for more injuries than you think. For example, a person could receive workers' compensation for a substantial aggravation of a pre-existing injury or for a cumulative trauma that developed over time due to a repetitive motion.

Adults with Autism: may qualify for disability benefits

Social Security disability benefits are available to those who suffer from qualifying medical conditions, both physical and mental. The Social Security Administration defines an eligible candidate as a person who isn't able to work due to a long-term medical condition - lasting more than a year - or one that could lead to death. One particular mental condition that may qualify for benefits is Autism.

In order to obtain Social Security benefits for mental conditions, certain requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration must be met and are described in what is commonly called the "Blue Book". The Social Security Administration released the most recent website version of the Blue Book in January 2017. Listing 12.10, Autism spectrum disorder, was among the updated sections of the book.

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