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The potentially devastating effects of a brain injury

Millions of Americans will someday find themselves dealing with something they never planned for: a work-related injury. Despite the fact that employers throughout the country, including in Texas, have been emphasizing worker safety for years, it is almost impossible to completely prevent workplace injuries. And, of all the different types of injuries a worker could suffer from, a brain injury is probably the worst.

Even a minor brain injury, like a concussion, can keep a Texas worker from returning to the job. A concussion could make a worker nauseous, or it could even make the worker temporarily blackout. Despite the fact that many people may consider a concussion to be a "minor" injury, anyone who suffers a concussion on the job should seek immediate medical attention. Multiple concussions could have a major impact on a person's life down the road.

What are some of the most common reasons for a denied claim?

Many people find the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits to be fraught with concern over the fear that they will go through all of the steps that are required and still end up with a denied claim. This concern is not overblown, as it is commonly reported - and most Social Security Disability attorneys would probably be able to tell their clients - that about six out of 10 applications for benefits are denied on the initial review.

This can leave many Texas residents wondering why these claims are denied. Well, as most people would expect, the vast majority of denied claims are due to the failure of the applicant to meet the requirements as they are outlined by the Social Security Administration. For instance, to qualify to receive SSD benefits the applicant must have a disability that is expected to last more than 12 months - if the impairment is not expected to last this long, the application will be denied.

Administrative judges with the SSA are still under fire

There a quite a few government agencies that are on the receiving end of almost daily criticism. Besides the Internal Revenue Service, there is probably no bigger target than the Social Security Administration. But, as any Social Security Income Attorney would probably be able to tell our readers, oftentimes this criticism is misdirected.

For instance, many of our readers probably remember seeing media reports last year about the manner in which Social Security Disability administrative judges were reviewing application appeals. Several of the judges in question presented themselves before a Congressional committee in order to answer to reports that they were approving applications at an unusually high rate, oftentimes in the upper 90 percent of cases reviewed. Now, these administrative judges are in the spotlight again.

Getting the right information and taking action

When Texas residents suffer injuries or illnesses that leave them with a complete inability to work, they face a great deal of uncertainty. For some, the biggest question is whether or not the disability is temporary or permanent. For others, the need to find an alternative means of earning an income, despite their disability, can be a daunting task. In many cases, one big question needs to be answered: Should I apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

The Social Security Disability attorneys at our firm know that uncertainty can make a person careful - considering all options before making any big decisions is always a good idea. However, in some cases being careful can trump the need to take action, which may be detrimental down the road.

Can you work at all while receiving SSD benefits?

Millions of Americans have a disability that leaves them with a complete inability to work in any job whatsoever. For those individuals, their monthly Social Security Disability benefits may be all they have to live on and pay their bills. However, most Social Security Disability Attorneys would probably be able to tell our readers that in many cases an opportunity comes up for someone who is receiving SSD benefits and that person thinks, "I can do that job, even with my disability."

But, those same people may be thinking, "Am I even allowed to work when I'm receiving SSD benefits?" It is a valid question. While a person may be willing to take a chance that they can work and earn an income, there is always the uncertainty about whether or not the job will be long-term, or whether or not the potential employer will accommodate the person's disability. This can leave a Texas resident wondering if the risk is worth the reward.

Reporting a work-related illness

Most Americans go their entire lives without having to worry about getting injured on the job or being diagnosed with a work-related illness. Work environments are much safer today than they were even 20 years ago, with the ever-increasing focus on enhancing safety equipment and educating workers on how to avoid illness and injury.

Unfortunately, injuries and work-related illnesses do still occur despite the best efforts of employers and employees. When this happens, the injury or illness must be reported. The catch, however, is knowing whether or not the injury or illness is truly work-related.

Bipartisanship effort passes disabilities bill

Most of our Texas readers know that changes to any Social Security plan are usually subject to intense debate in the public arena, often for years. However, as many Social Security Income Attorneys would be able to tell our readers, that doesn't mean that our national leaders in Washington, D.C. don't want to help individuals who are facing challenges in life.

Take, for instance, a recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. By a vote of 404-17 the legislative body passed a bill that would probably make life easier for Americans with disabilities, if it becomes law. According to reports, the bill authorizes disabled people to set up tax-free accounts in order to help them pay expenses associated with healthcare, housing and education.

The right approach to Social Security Disability issues

When a Texas resident is dealing with an inability to work due to a work accident injury or any type of illness, the prospect of attempting to navigate the Social Security Disability application process can seem daunting. Most people know that there are quite a few federal regulations that must be met for an applicant to be approved for SSD benefits, and for some people that can be too much of a mental hurdle to overcome.

The Social Security Disability Attorneys at our firm know what people are going through when they find themselves with few options to deal with their disability. However, our readers can rest assured that when it comes to meeting the requirements to get approved for SSD benefits, the attorneys at our firm attempt to help in whatever way they can.

Overview of the disability determination process

The inability to work due to a disability can be frustrating. And, as most Social Security Disability attorneys would be able to tell our readers, the frustration doesn't necessarily end upon applying for SSD benefits - on the contrary, that may be the point when even more frustration begins.

Applying for SSD benefits is a step-by-step process, and patience can be very important during this period of time. For most people the application process starts by filling out the proper paperwork and gathering all of the documentation that will be necessary to show that the applicant meets the medical requirements. An applicant's initial paperwork is usually processed at a local Social Security Administration office.

Fibromyalgia can make working impossible

If you are someone living with fibromyalgia, you know just how real the pain is. However, what you may not realize is that if this chronic condition is making it impossible for you to work, you may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits.

According to the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition affecting 5 million Americans. An overwhelming majority of those with the condition - 80 to 90 percent - are women. The exact reason behind this, or the cause of the condition itself, is still unknown.

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