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Be prepared when brain injuries cause long-term disability

The brain and the head are arguably the most important parts of the human body. The brain controls everything else. Without a properly functioning brain, people cannot walk, talk, eat or breathe. A brain injury can cause debilitating pain, weakness, confusion and aggression. With a brain injury people can literally find themselves unable to live a normal life.

Brain injuries are caused by any number of serious accidents. Whether a minor brain injury is caused by a slip-and-fall or a major traumatic brain injury is caused by a serious car accident, the damage can keep a person from work. If the injury is so severe that the person is out of work for a year or more, then the person may pursue Social Security disability benefits.

Do people with autism qualify for SSD benefits?

People who live with autism can face a variety of unique and difficult challenges. They often have a restricted list of activities that they can perform. In addition, autistic individuals often have a difficult time socializing and communicating with others. In fact, some may have no verbal communication skills. These limitations can often make it difficult for individuals living with autism to hold a job. Without the social and communication skills, these individuals may even be dependent on others for their care.

As society has become more aware of autism, diagnosis rates have increased. Many Pennsylvania families, therefore, are caring for autistic individuals. These families may wonder whether autistic people qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Veterans, PTSD and Social Security disability benefits

The men and women that serve in the United States military often have very difficult jobs. Not only are many of the jobs labor intensive, they can be mentally taxing. When these soldiers are expected to perform their jobs in a war zone, their stress can increase. The emotionally difficult situations that many people see in war can create additional problems for soldiers returning from active duty. As a result, many servicemen and women are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

PTSD can make it difficult for people to function. People with PTSD may not be able to return to a normal life or hold down a job. Therefore, many veterans with PTSD apply for Social Security disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, Vietnam veterans represent the largest number of people who apply for benefits because of PTSD. Overall, PTSD is the highest diagnoses for veterans who apply for SSDI benefits. Data suggests that around one-third of veterans' applications are for people with PTSD.

How long do you have to appeal a Social Security decision?

When people suffer a disabling injury, they may need to rely on Social Security Disability benefits to meet their daily needs. These benefits may be the only source of income for many people following a serious accident. However, the Social Security Administration does not approve every application that it receives.

The SSA has a rigorous list of requirements that must be met in order for a person to qualify as disabled. Not only does the injury have to prevent the person from performing any meaningful work, it must last for a specific amount of time. Additionally, many injuries have to result in specific physical ailments for the individual.

Social Security benefits available for wide variety of conditions

When Pennsylvania residents are unable to work because of a disability, they can face a variety of complicated emotions. There might be fear, anger or regret. No matter how a person is feeling about the situation, a person should make sure to understand that person's legal rights. By getting appropriate help, people may be able to get much needed disability benefits. These benefits can help pay for necessities like food, housing and medical care. However, it is not always easy to obtain Social Security disability benefits. While people work hard for these benefits, there is a rigorous application process. During this process, people need to prove that they have a disability that keeps them from being able to work. What types of injuries or conditions qualify as a disability depends on Social Security Administration rules.

Under these rules, a variety of conditions allow a person to qualify for benefits. According to recent reports, even a person's inability to speak English has been enough for some people to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. An audit of Social Security has discovered that some Puerto Rico residents -- who are U.S. citizens and, therefore, qualify for Social Security -- have been approved for disability benefits when they can't speak English.

Don't let an illness keep you from your benefits

Living with a serious illness can be very difficult. People who spent the majority of their lives as healthy, independent people may suddenly be forced to rely on others for their day to day care. People may find themselves unable to work, to leave the house or to complete simple tasks. Things they once enjoyed may suddenly be too burdensome. People may find themselves retreating from everyday life, just to stay as comfortable as possible. Or, people may simply be unable to enjoy life as they once could.

In these cases, Social Security Disability benefits can be extremely important. These hard-earned benefits can help people pay for their expenses, seek medical treatment and rehabilitative care. They can help Pennsylvania families stay afloat when a person's income is suddenly gone.

Medical examinations for Social Security disability benefits

When a person needs disability income, it is important that the individual understand the process. It is often not as simple as filing out an application claiming that a person cannot work. In fact, applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a long and complicated process. The Social Security Administration will look for very specific evidence that a particular person is unable to work and meets all the criteria for benefits.

One requirement, according to the SSA, can be a medical examination. This examination is necessary when the Social Security Administration does not have enough evidence from other medical professionals to make a decision about whether a person qualifies for benefits. In these cases, an approved medical professional will examine the person and create a report for the SSA to review.

When are children immediately eligible for SSI benefits?

When a child is born with a disability, the child's parents may have a lot of unanswered questions about the child's health. They may be concerned about the child's long term prognosis, about immediate medical concerns and about finding answers about the child's current medical condition. At first, these questions are likely to be the sole focus to the parent's. However, over time, parents are likely to ask broader questions, especially about what services are available to their child.

Children who are living with disabilities often require a lot of services. From rehabilitation to medical care and therapies, these services can help the child live as normal of a life as possible. But, they are often expensive. For parents, who may lose time from work to care for the child, these expenses can become overwhelming.

Work credits and disability benefits

Social Security disability benefits help people who are unable to work as a result of a disability. These benefits help people who have limited options when it comes to earning enough money to pay for their everyday expenses. These disabilities can be the result of either a serious injury or illness, but must keep a person from being able to perform any substantial work.

However, in order to qualify for these benefits strict requirements must be met. If people cannot prove that these requirements have been met, they may be denied coverage.

Family denied disability benefits despite severe illness

Living with a debilitating illness can take its toll on any family. Not only does the person with the illness suffer, but so does the rest of the person's family. Family members often take on the role of caretaker and attend to the sick person's every need. They also have the difficult task of managing doctor appointments, rehabilitation appointments, medical bills and every day expenses. This tireless and thankless job is made harder when the family does not have the income it needs to make ends meet.

In these situations, Social Security disability benefits are supposed to help. They are supposed to help cover some of the income lost by disabled individuals that need long term care. These benefits are supposed to help bridge the gap for families and make life easier. However, the system doesn't always work this way.

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