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Philadelphia residents place a great deal of importance on their jobs. In many cases, individuals may spend years developing their career, putting in extensive training, long hours and dedication. Throughout this time, individuals depend on their job to earn an income and provide for themselves and their families. They also may depend on the other benefits afforded by the job, including healthcare coverage.

Based on the importance of a person's job, it comes as no surprise that the loss of a job can have a devastating impact on the person's life. For instance, when a person suffers a disability that leaves them unable to continue working, the job loss not only results in lost income but the loss of other benefits like healthcare coverage.

How can a disabled person obtain help paying medical expenses?

The costs of medical care have risen sharply for many Philadelphia residents over the past several years. These increases come on top of an already high-priced system, making it difficult for individuals to get the care and treatment they need.

Dealing with the costs of medical care can become even more frightening after a person suffers a serious illness or injury. The illness or injury, by its very nature, tends to increase the medical expenses the person must pay because of the increased care and treatment that is needed for the condition.

Woman loses medication, disability benefits

Life does not come easy for Philadelphia residents who are struggling with a serious disease. An illness can impact virtually every area of a person's life, including their ability to work and to perform the most basic of daily activities.

Fortunately, individuals with an illness may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These benefits can be a life-saver when it comes to providing financial assistance that is needed after income is lost from not being able to work. However, the disability benefit process can be confusing and difficult to navigate.

Are you prepared to prove your Social Security disability claim?

Preparation is the key to success for many Philadelphia residents. This is true not only in one's personal and professional life, but in the courtroom as well.

As discussed recently in this blog, it is vital that those applying for Social Security disability benefits be adequately prepared to prove their eligibility for the benefits. In order to be adequately prepared, there are multiple steps that may be required.

What questions will be asked at a disability benefits hearing?

For many Philadelphia residents, the inside of a courtroom is something they may only see on television and in the movies. The real life experience of being in court can be drastically different, as there may be no dramatic and shocking moments as depicted on the screen.

This is not to say that real life court proceedings are dull or unimportant, however. It is quite the opposite, as what happens during a particular court hearing can make the difference between success and failure in a given case.

What information is needed for an SSDI appeal?

Preparation is often the key to success for Philadelphia residents. This is particularly true when individuals may have a limited opportunity to achieve their goal, as is the case with many legal proceedings where a single hearing can be a make-or-break moment to obtain relief. In these circumstances, preparation for the hearing or other proceeding is vital to success.

Last week, this blog discussed the options available for individuals who have had their application for Social Security disability benefits denied. Even the claims that may appear the most obvious for SSDI can be denied, such as the case discussed last week of a man who lost his hand during a work accident.

Man denied SSDI benefits after losing hand in work accident

Life can change in an instant for Philadelphia residents. A simple drive to work, or even an ordinary work day itself, can suddenly turn tragic when a serious injury occurs.

This was the case for one man who had his hand cut off by a saw blade earlier this year while working in his yard. Doctors performed emergency surgery on the man, who worked as a mechanic building houses and cars, but the doctors were unable to save the majority of his left hand. As a result, the man is now unable to continue his work, which requires the use of both hands.

SSI disability benefits for children

Parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere often face the normal ups and downs with raising a child. While some parents might find it more difficult to meet the needs and requirements of their children, parents raising a child with disabilities often face additional emotional, mental and financial challenges. In these circumstances, parents could consider how Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, could assist them with the care and well-being of their child with a disability.

SSI for children works similar to the SSI disability program for adults; there are some differences with definitions and eligibility, however. Whether a child was born with a disability or acquired a disability due to an injury or illness during childhood, if the child is neither married nor the head of a household, they qualify for SSI if they are under the age of 18 or are under the age of 22 and are a student that regularly attends school.

Does my blood disorder qualify me for SSDI benefits?

Certain illnesses may qualify a Philadelphia resident for eligibility to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). However, this post should not be read as either medical or legal advice, should not be used to diagnose or treat a potential medical ailment, or should not be understood to provide specific legal guidance. An individual's doctor can help him formulate the proper diagnosis for his medical condition and his Social Security disability attorney can support him as he pursues benefits from the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Administration recognizes a host of both cancerous and non-cancerous blood illnesses when determining if a person should receive SSDI benefits. Diseases and disorders that may make a person eligible for SSDI benefits include but are not limited to: hemolytic anemia, thrombosis, bone marrow issues, lymphoma, and leukemia.

How do SSI benefits differ from SSDI benefits?

When Philadelphia residents are in need of serious help, it often pays to get assistance from multiple places. This is certainly the case when a person is struggling with his or her finances because of an illness, injury or other condition.

While there are different kinds of benefits that may be available to individuals in need of help, the different benefits are treated differently under the law. For example, last week, this blog discussed the differing tax consequences between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability benefits.

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