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How can a brain injury impact your life?

Most people take every precaution to avoid suffering any type of injury. When we drive we wear seatbelts. When we ride a bicycle or motorcycle we wear helmets. But, sometimes no matter what type of precautions we take an injury can still occur. A brain injury can be particularly troublesome for a Texas resident. How could a brain injury impact your life?

Health experts have estimated that nearly two million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year. About 25 percent of these injuries require hospitalization. The majority of these traumatic brain injuries are suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Falls are another common cause as well.

Getting the right information about SSD benefits

When a Texas resident suffers a debilitating injury or is suddenly diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, the change in lifestyle can be startling. On top of that, the inability to work due to the medical condition could leave a person with more questions than answers. If the medical condition looks to be so serious as to limit a person's ability to work for the long-term, such a person may qualify for Social Security disability benefits under the right circumstances.

However, for most people even the decision to apply for Social Security disability benefits can bring on more questions than they are prepared for. Any of our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that there are many different requirements that must be met, including medical requirements, before the Social Security Administration will make a finding that a person truly does suffer from a disability. And, if the initial application doesn't outline all of the necessary information for the SSA to make such a finding, there is a chance that an applicant will be denied Social Security benefits.

Will the Social Security Administration face scrutiny over jobs?

The Social Security Administration makes it a primary focus to get the decision right when it comes to determining disability. After all, this is the type of decision that could change a person's life, giving them the financial resources they need when that person is suffering from an injury or illness that makes it impossible to return to work.

However, the SSA may be facing some tough choices in the coming years as government leaders from both political parties begin to eye some benefit programs for restructuring. One question in a recent news article is almost certain to come up: Why, in today's world full of technological advances, is it so hard to find work for disabled people?

A neck injury that leads to permanent disability

Neck pain is an issue that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis. For most people, the pain is a passing problem, one that requires one or two pain relievers and the person is able to go on with their day. However, for many other people the pain might be a sign of a much more serious issue.

Pain associated with a neck injury, or a gradually building and persistent problem, could actually be an issue having to do with the person's spine. If the pain is accompanied by any type of loss of feeling in your extremities, or numbness, the problem may be caused by a nerve issue. In this type of situation, getting a medical evaluation could be a necessary step.

How do medical expenses affect your life?

By now most Texas residents know that medical expenses are a significant burden for many Americans. Despite the efforts of the federal government, as well as many state governments, the costs for most medical procedures and medications seemingly just continue to rise. With wages stagnant in many parts of the country, the situation seems to be untenable.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when data was gathered for the year 2012, approximately 25 percent of American families reported that they had to deal with the financial burdens that are associated with medical care. Families with minor children were more likely to be dealing with these financial complications than other families.

It's tax time: some but not all disability benefits are taxed

Spring has arrived in Austin. The buds are beginning to show on the trees, the grass is turning bright green again and it is time to file your taxes. This last little event is something many people dread and for different reasons. Many of our readers who receive disability benefits may have questions about taxes, especially if this is your first tax season after approval.

Public policy reasons protect certain types of income from taxation. For instance, child support is an off-limits income; it is neither deductible nor taxable. Tax law also recognizes Social Security disability benefits as a type of income that needs special treatment, but there are some rules.

What should you include in an initial SSD application?

When it comes to Social Security disability applications, your chances of approval do not depend on your first impression. You have several opportunities to appeal an initial denial. We cleared this bit of misinformation up in our last post. Even though you get several chances for approval, you still want to try to make a good first impression.

The Social Security Administration provides some general guidance as you prepare to file your application in Texas. The agency lists the information you should have ready and available as you complete your application. This includes information about your person, finances, work history and medical condition.

Initial impressions on applying for Social Security Disability

Most of our Texas readers have probably heard the old saying "You only get one chance to make a first impression." In general, this is true. However, at our firm we try to make sure that our clients and potential clients understand that sometimes the initial impression regarding the application process for Social Security Disability benefits can be a bit deceiving.

For instance, many people who apply for SSD benefits may feel like they should just give up if their initial application is denied. But, as any Social Security Disability attorney would probably be able to tell our readers, that could be a mistake. There is an appeals process for anyone who is denied Social Security Disability benefits, and in many cases going through the appeals process can result in a different decision. In the right circumstances, we try to encourage applicants not to give up.

Seizures and Social Security Disability

Some of our Texas readers may have suffered a seizure at some point in their lives. For some people, this was a one-time event in their life with a common cause. However, for others who have suffered repeated seizures, just going through daily life can become a question mark - "Will I have a seizure today?" The sudden and unpredictable nature of seizures has even led many states to issue driving restrictions for people who have a known history of seizures.

When some people have a seizure they actually suffer other injuries because of their rapid body movement, or perhaps from falling. These injuries could include broken bones, head injuries or joint dislocation. Even worse, however, is that some medical professionals believe that repeated seizures may actually lead to changes in the person's brain, making the condition worse over time.

Who determines disabilities in Texas?

For most people in Texas, the process by which they apply for Social Security Disability benefits is a mystery. The Social Security Administration does everything it can to inform people throughout the country on how to go about applying, but unless you've actually been in this situation the process can be daunting at times.

In most cases, the most important question on a potential applicant's mind is "Who determines whether or not I am disabled?" Social Security income attorneys in Texas would know that the answer is the Division for Disability Determination Services.

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