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Texas Trauma System and how its funding can assist SSD

The Social Security Administration has compiled a list of common disabilities that people claim keep them from working for at least 12 months in any significant capacity. These disabilities range from depression to spinal cord injuries. While some are more difficult to assess than others, all can wreak havoc on individuals mentally, physically, and financially.

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits exist to assist in those times of need in order to alleviate some of the financial strain that those suffering from a disability experience. The financial assistance is much needed for those individuals, but sometimes there can be a more substantial financial strain on the system as a whole if inadequate treatment for injuries occurs. This is especially true for a state like Texas which employs many in hazardous industries.

That is why there is a push for the Texas Trauma System to be allowed to access all of the funds dedicated to help support trauma care rather than allowing the Legislature to skim off of the fund to help balance the state budget.

The Texas Trauma System is "an integrated, cooperative network that links all the resources necessary to save lives in the event of traumatic injury." It provides for specially trained first responders, designated hospital ERs and trauma centers, physicians and nurses to be available around the clock in the event of a traumatic injury.

Excellent trauma care can make the difference in the extent of injuries one sustains as both seconds and minutes count in these situations. Traumatic injuries are the number one cause of death and disability for people under 40 and when such accidents occur, there is a large cost to that individual, his or her family, and society as a whole.

SSD is there to offer support in the event injuries prevent individuals from substantial work for at least 12 months, but if trauma care can reduce the number of individuals needing such assistance due to adequate funding and preventative care, that seems to be a win-win scenario anyone should be able to get on board with.

Source: lubbockonline.com, "Rhyne: Funds should be allocated for Texas Trauma System," Dr. Craig Rhyne, Jan. 3, 2013

  • If you have experienced a traumatic injury and need resources in order to better understand what Texas Social Security Disability benefits are available to you, please feel free to visit our website.

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