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November 2019 Archives

Crippling anxiety is a real disability

There are a hundred different ways or more that people deal with their stress and anxiety. Some meditate. Some take up yoga or martial arts. Some people just unwind with Netflix over the weekend before they face another week full of responsibilities and decisions. Life is so uncertain; anxiety may just seem normal to many people. However, when that anxiety becomes overwhelming to the point where it interferes with your ability to make a living or even function normally, that's nothing that can be fixed with a little meditation or a weekend off.

Poverty Thresholds Call for Supplemental Security Income Restoration

Let's do some math! Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. At 40 hours per week, full time employment under the federal minimum rate equates to $290 per week, or $15,080 per year. Although some states, cities, and counties have a higher minimum wage rate, the federal rate has not increased since July 2009.

Many veterans are still very young

Military veterans are all those who served, even if they served very recently in modern wars. Throw out the stereotypes about aging veterans from World War II. While many vets do fall into these older age groups, it's problematic that they are what people think of first in many cases, ignoring the realities of young veterans.

Tips for those taking care of someone with a disability

A loved one suffers serious injuries and ends up getting disabled. While they do work with medical professionals for rehab and things of this nature, you basically become their in-home caretaker.

Peripheral Artery Disease and Disability Benefits

Per the Mayo Clinic, peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs. The extremities, typically the legs, do not receive enough blood flow, which causes leg pain when walking. This is known as claudication. Claudication symptoms can include muscle pain or cramping in the legs or arms with activity. Sometimes this pain can be debilitating. The condition may also be reducing blood flow to the heart and brain as well as the legs.

The mental and emotional impact of losing friends in combat

Many difficulties come along with joining the armed forces. It's a physically demanding job. You run a high risk of injury or even death. This is especially true for those who see active combat, but it's worth noting that even training can be more dangerous than what many people do on civilian jobs.

Substantial Gainful Activity and Social Security Disability

The first step in any social security disability case is whether the claimant has performed "Substantial Gainful Activity" (SGA) during the period they are alleging they were disabled. Substantial gainful activity is used to describe a level of work activity and earnings. By definition "substantial gainful activity means work that involves doing significant and productive physical or mental duties and is done (or intended) for pay or profit." 20 CFR ยง 404.1510. Whether a job or activity is considered substantial gainful employment is generally based on gross earnings per month. This amount of monthly earnings changes every year based on standard of living. There is also a different monthly amount allotted to blind individuals. In 2019 the monthly substantial gainful activity amounts are set at $1,220 per month for non-blind individuals and $2,040 per month for blind individuals. This amount then increases in 2020 to $1,260 per month for non-blind and $2,110 for blind. For example, a non-blind individual requesting disability benefits cannot be performing at or above $1,220 per month (in 2019) for the time period they are alleging disability. It is also important to note that an individual must have a continuous twelve month period (prior to the date of the hearing) of either not working or earning under SGA in order to qualify for any type of benefits. Overall, there are several exceptions and nuance to this rule such as the issue of self-employment and that is why it is crucial to consult with a social security disability lawyer to better understand whether any issues relating to this topic are present in your case.

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