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What you should know about disability income in 2017

You know that you may be able to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) because of your long-term struggle with sight and hearing loss, but something you aren't sure about is how Supplement Security Income (SSI) works.

Supplemental Security Income is paid to those who are blind, disabled or 65 or older and have limited incomes. Children may also obtain SSI if they suffer from disabilities or blindness.

Social Security: When most Americans deal with retirement

Americans claim Social Security at different times depending on their needs, but what is the most common time? It's actually an interesting topic, because most Americans actually claim Social Security benefits before they actually reach retirement.

Social Security retirement benefits are normally paid out early or exactly on time, not late. According to a chart regarding 2015, 32 percent of men and 37 percent of women took retirement at 62 instead of at their full retirement age. The number of people who took retirement at full retirement age was only 34 percent for men and 28 percent for women.

You can get financial help after a traumatic brain injury

In the military, you know that you're going to be exposed to hazards beyond what you'd see in civilian life. You might have faced explosions or gunfire, hand-to-hand challenges or other situations that led to injuries.

As someone who now struggles with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is hard to live a normal life. You're relearning to speak, walk and speak. You're trying hard to get back to doing the things you love to do.

Disability Hearings and Vocational Experts

One thing that always confuses clients about disability hearings is the role of vocational experts.When you attend a disability hearing, the judge and your attorney will ask you a variety of questions about your past work, your symptoms, and what you now do on a daily basis.A medical doctor or psychiatrist may then offer testimony about your medical history.But then, the hearing will always conclude with the testimony of the medical vocational expert (VE). The judge will pose several hypotheticals to the VE about what sort of jobs you're capable of based on your impairments. The VE then testifies about the types of jobs that are out there that you could potentially perform based on your age, education, and experience, and how many of those jobs exist in the national and local economies.Your attorneys may also ask questions of the VE about what types of jobs you could perform. Indeed these questions can be critical.It is important to make sure that every potential impairment is considered by the VE. Many judge's decisions are overturned or sent back for rehearing because a judge did not consider every impairment that a claimant suffers from.For example, a claimant may have multiple physical and mental impairments, including severe arthritis of both hands. How often an individual can use their hands on the job can have a drastic effect on whether they can perform available jobs. If a judge does not ask the VE about this impairment, it could completely change the outcome of the case.It is also common for judges to fail to consider mental impairments at all in their questioning, which can be particularly important in cases involving claimants over the age of 50 when some disability rules change.Dealing with vocational experts is understandably complex, but having an experienced Social Security disability attorney on your side can ensure the right questions are asked at your disability hearing.

An attorney can help you get Supplemental Security Income

When you suffer from a mental or physical condition that makes it impossible to work, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These benefits are there for those who need financial support following a disability.

The Social Security Act allows people who have paid enough into the Social Security system to seek Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if they suffer an injury that makes it impossible to work. For most, they may qualify for up to 100 percent of the total retirement benefits they would receive upon turning 65.

Social Security Disability: Reform is a potential solution

Social Security Disability (SSD) is a program that helps people have an income when they no longer have the ability to work. Some individuals who can work a small number of hours use SSD to supplement their income as well.

Social Security Disability is often in the news and is a growing controversy in the United States. It is incredibly expensive, costing $143 billion in 2015 alone. It's also a concern that the Social Security Trust Fund may run out of funds for disability payments by 2022, an issue that could affect thousands upon thousands of people.

New technology aims to reduce nursing injuries in VA hospitals

There is no question that it's difficult to take care of patients. Nurses in particular have long been known to suffer from serious injuries as a result of the activities they perform each day. Fortunately, there are changes happening that can help.

If you've ever suffered an injury on the job because you were trying to lift a patient, technology is there to help. At the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals, they've decided to take steps to reduce nursing injuries by reducing the rate of injuries caused by lifting patients.

Claiming Social Security Disability and workers' compensation

Workplace accidents result in many of the injuries people deal with today. In fact, a great proportion of disabilities in the United States are a result of workplace accidents or an individual's work. Workers who are injured on the job know that they can seek out workers' compensation in most cases, but some misunderstand their right to Social Security Disability.

In fact, disability payments are available to those who have a sufficient work history to claim them. The amount paid to workers is not to exceed 80 percent of the workers' average prior earnings, and if the combination of Social Security Disability and workers' compensation exceeds 80 percent of the person's previous earnings, it's reduced by the Social Security Administration or the state.

Coping with Disability-Related Stress

Everyone copes with stress in their lives, but not everyone must deal with a disabling impairment. According to a 2010 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have a disability (Americans with Disabilities, 2010). More than half of the adults reporting an impairment indicate that it is severe, with trouble concentrating or coping with stress being one predictor of severity (Id.). The report also showed Americans with severe disabilities are less likely to be employed and more likely to experience persistent poverty (Id.).

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