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April 2013 Archives

1989 was a long time ago; time to raise SSI asset limits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) helps people with low incomes who are disabled, blind or older than 65. The program helps those with limited resources to make ends meet. Unfortunately, one element of the program that has not kept pace with the times or inflation is the asset limits. If you have more than $2,000 in assets, your SSI benefit payment can be cut off.

Social Security administrative law judges suing over quota

The complexity of a Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) case means that the benefit determination process is typically time consuming. In addition to the increase in applications for SSDI benefits, one of the reasons the backlog of SSDI cases exists is the intricacy of the cases. For applications that involve a detailed medical record of treatment for many medical conditions, the sheer number of pages and the potential density of the records, means that assessing the claimants medical condition is not easy.

Thousands of NFL players blame league for brain damage

The National Football League is in the midst of a major controversy that may end up playing out in courts. Thousands of former players are hoping to sue the NFL because they believe that the league knew about the dangers and complications that come with a traumatic brain injury. Though the players were aware that they would likely receive concussions during their careers, they were not aware of the long-term effects that such brain damage can create.

Math and SSDI fraud, and what's really shocking

The large numbers of the Social Security programs are sometimes incomprehensible. Most people simply do not have experience working with such large numbers. The average household in Ohio earns $48,071 per year, a number most people can understand. By contrast, Tiger Woods earned $59.4 million, a number difficult to grasp. You can make some sense of it, if your break it down by hour, or $6780. This means Tiger Woods earns as much as the average Ohio household earns in a year in seven hours.

Some employers do not make safety a priority

It seems that there is no workplace that is perfectly safe. This means that every worker has the potential to sustain an injury while on the job. If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation and should seek the assistance of a legal professional when making a claim. In addition to this, there are organizations out there protecting the rights of workers to do their jobs in safe conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was designed to make sure that employers do not allow their employees to become exposed to unnecessary risks while working.

Mixing Social Security disability and survivor benefits

The Social Security system can be extremely confusing. Regardless, many people in Franklin, Ohio need to understand it because they have been injured on the job and deemed disabled. This system is a way for them to continue surviving in a world based on money. Without their Social Security Disability benefits, many individuals would be forced to rely on their family and loved ones for income. Some simply do not have the option to do so.

Is SSDI a victim of its own success?

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a program that provides benefits for workers who have developed a disease or suffered an injury that has left them unable to work. The program has a fairly rigorous application process, with over 70 percent of applicants being denied benefits. Yet the program is being heavily attacked due to growth in the number of recipients of SSDI benefits.

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Today is the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day. You may think autism is a relatively rare disorder, but one child in 88 is has with autism and for boys, it is one in 54. For a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, it brings many challenges. The disorder is not a single condition, but a spectrum of behavioral disorders. A child may be limited in what they can eat or wear. They are often prone to disruptive behavior in social setting and can leave their parents exhausted emotionally and economically.

Workers are often exposed to potentially damaging situations

A brain or spine injury can happen to anyone, anywhere. This is a scary but important realization that many people in Franklin, Ohio, have not come to terms with. Severe brain and spinal cord injuries are often life-changing and may require permanent caretaking for the victim. This often means that their life and the lives of loved ones are changed forever.

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