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How can I get Social Security disability benefits?

When can I get Social Security disability? How do I receive benefits? These may have been questions you have asked yourself and are important questions to have answers to. The answers can be helpful to allow disabled individuals to seek the Social Security disability benefits they need.

To begin with, to qualify for benefits, the disabled individual applying for benefits must have the necessary work history in jobs that paid into Social Security. Once the disabled applicant meets the work history requirement, which requires that the work history be both long enough and recent enough, they must also meet the disability requirement and then may be able to receive monthly disability benefits.

Help with a workers' compensation claim

There are a variety of issues that can go wrong with a workers' compensation claim, just when injured workers and their families may need the benefits the most. The law behind a workers' compensation claim is something that injured workers and their families need to know to claim the benefits they likely badly need following a workplace accident or injury.

In some circumstances, a claim for workers' compensation will be denied outright. In other circumstances, the rate set for compensation of lost wages may be set too low. Still in other circumstances, the injured worker may have difficulty accessing quality medical care or treatment, or their coverage may have been challenged or their employment status may have been challenged.

Scaffolding falls are a danger to construction workers

A construction accident can seriously harm workers and their families. Some of the most common types of construction accidents involve scaffolding falls or other types of falls from lifts, hoists or ladders. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an estimated 65 percent of construction workers work frequently on scaffolds, making scaffolding falls and accidents a serious concern. Objects falling from scaffolds, lifts and ladders can also be a serious concern.

Scaffolding falls and other fall-related accidents can result in the most severe injuries. Scaffolding equipment may be defective, improperly installed or may be otherwise unsafe. There are design, construction and inspection requirements from OSHA related to scaffolding. The design and construction of scaffolds are required to conform with OSHA requirements related to the type of equipment, construction methods and rate capacities.

Are disability benefits available for mental conditions?

If you are aware that Social Security Disability benefits may be available for individuals suffering from a disabling mental health condition, you may wonder what mental conditions qualify for benefits and how to access benefits. Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions are generally available in the same way that Social Security Disability benefits are available for disabling physical medical conditions.

SSD benefits for a mental condition are available to disabled individuals who can demonstrate that the mental condition they suffer from is so severe is prevents them from working. In addition, the mental condition must be expected to last for a year or longer, or result in death. Demonstrating a mental condition, as opposed to a physical impairment, can sometimes be challenging for disabled individuals who are badly in need of SSD benefits.

What is the disability hearing all about?

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, mental illness or serious physical injury, you could qualify for financial support through disability benefits. However, the process of getting the financial support you need can be complex. Among other requirements, you will have to prove you are disabled.

When applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, you may have to go to a hearing. This occurs if your initial claim is denied and you appeal. During this hearing, you will have the opportunity to prove you have a valid disability. It is beneficial for Ohio applicants to prepare thoroughly for this step as well as to have qualified support and guidance for the entire application process. 

Safety issues that can lead to injuries for office workers

Offices may not seem like hazardous places, but there are very real issues that could cause very real injuries to the men and women who work there.

Employers are responsible for minimizing these risks as much as possible and taking steps to train all employees in safety measures. Any office worker who suffers on-the-job injuries has the right to seek workers' compensation benefits.

How a wrongful death claim can help surviving family members

A wrongful death claim for damages is an important legal resource for surviving family members of loved ones wrongfully killed by the negligence of another party. Families can use a wrongful death claim to hold the negligent party responsible and recover compensation for the damages they have suffered as a result of the loss.

A wrongful death claim for damages is brought by the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members to help with the financial and emotional damages they have suffered as a result of the wrongful loss of their loved one. Wrongful death claims are governed by wrongful death statutes in each state and require that the loss of a loved one was caused by the negligence of another party and resulted in harm to the victim's family.

The process of getting workers' compensation benefits in Ohio

Knowing how to respond following a workplace accident and what steps to take next can be essential for injured workers. The period of time following a workplace accident can be difficult for injured workers as they are unable to work and face mounting medical bills to treat their injury. Obtaining the right medical care and needed benefits can be critical to getting their lives back to normal, which is why workers' compensation benefits are important to understand.

When a worker has suffered a workplace injury in Ohio, they should immediately seek medical assistance and report their work-related injury to their employer. It is also important for the worker to be familiar with their managed care organization, so they can provide that information to their doctor and also ensure the proper paperwork is being completed. There are different types of workers' compensation benefits available for workers who have suffered workplace injuries in an on-the-job accident.

A few things to know about Social Security disability benefits

Understanding the ins and outs of Social Security disability benefits is helpful for individuals in Ohio who unexpectedly find themselves unable to do their jobs because of a disabling medical condition. Facing medical challenges can be enough of a struggle without also suffering the inability to work. Fortunately, Social Security disability (SSD) benefits provide an important lifeline to disabled individuals who are unable to work because of their disability.

To begin with, it is important to note that Social Security disability insurance is earned by workers as they pay into the program during their working years through their payroll taxes. SSD benefits can help replace the income of a disabled individual unable to work because of their disability. Once the disabled individual meets the work history requirements for SSD benefits, the disabled individual must demonstrate they suffer from a disability that is so severe it prevents them from working and is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death.

Ohio workers are dying in fatal workplace accidents

Workers' compensation benefits may be available in circumstances of workplace injuries and fatal workplace accidents. A recent fatal workplace accident in Ohio highlights concerns that on-the-job injuries are increasing, and high-pressure work environments could be one of the reasons to blame. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that during 2016, workplace deaths exceeded 5,000 nationally, which was the first time they had exceeded that total since 2008. 2016 also brought the third straight increase in fatal workplace accidents over the previous year.

In Ohio, though workplace deaths had increased between 2013 and 2015, they declined in 2016. The number of workplace deaths for 2017 has not been released yet, but there were several workplace deaths in Ohio during 2017. In total, approximately 40 percent of fatal workplace accidents involve some form of transportation, and injuries and violence account for another 23 percent of deaths. The latter category is the second most common cause of workplace deaths. In addition, during 2016, exposure to harmful chemicals rose 22 percent, while fires and explosions declined.

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