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For decades, Social Security disability has helped Americans

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating the Social Security Board. The agency got a name change to the Social Security Administration with the Reorganization Plan of 1946, establishing four program bureaus in 1965, This included a Disability Insurance program, established Supplemental Security Income or SSI in 1973 and became a full independent agency in 1995.

Millions of Americans benefit due to the Social Security disability insurance programs available to injured or sick victims unable to work. One must apply to receive benefits, which can seem to be an overwhelming endeavor to someone already suffering from disabilities. At times like this, it may be wise to seek assistance from a law professional familiar with Social Security disability.

Social Security Administration talks about 9/11 aid relief

Last week the nation mourned and paid respects to the thousands who were lost on September 11, 2001. Some find it hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since the tragic events of that day. But to the thousands of police, firefighters, emergency response workers, and family, friends and coworkers who were severely injured on that day, every day can be a painful reminder.

Since the beginning of 2016, the Social Security Administration has been working on a social media campaign to improve awareness of the benefits and features of the administration through an active Twitter and Facebook account, as well as a blog and email list available to anyone. Last week they posted a blog about the aid they have provided to those injured on 9/11. Every month, the administration pays out over $8 million dollars in benefits to more than six thousand surviving families and victims disabled in the attacks.

How can a brain injury affect a victim?

As we turn to fall and the National Football League begins its season, it is inevitable at one point discussions will turn towards the impact of brain injuries, often following a play that involved a hard head-to-head tackle or hit. Traumatic brain injuries, commonly known as TBIs, are not exclusive to football or sports; in fact, TBI's are not uncommon workplace injuries, especially for workers in construction and the results can be devastating.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a traumatic brain injury is defined as a sudden violent hit or piercing of an object that causes damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are typically categorized according to their severity. They can be severe, moderate or mild, each of which carry a list of potentially overlapping symptoms.

Social Security Administration reminds us about benefits

You only live once or YOLO, which is a common acronym used by millennials to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, in life accidents do happen, preventing some New York residents from living his or her life to the fullest. Whether it is a slip and fall or a serious car accident, one can never know when an accident can occur. The same can be said for one's health. Illness and sicknesses can come without warning, and medical or health conditions can serious impact all facets of one's life, including the ability to work.

As part of the Social Security Administration's or SSA's efforts to reach out to Americans, at the start of 2016 they initiated the new website "Social Security Matters" and began a stronger social media presence including active accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube as well as a blog. This week, they are reminding Americans to prepare for the unexpected. This is sound advice in many aspects of life, but regarding one's health, remembering to expect the unexpected is especially important.

Summer and fall travel increases auto accident injuries

It's not uncommon for families to hit the road during the summer months for a family vacation. Whether you're heading into the woods or out to the beach, it is important to drive safely. With automobile accidents common due to distracted driving, which include texting while driving, many accident victims are left with serious injuries. Injuries such as spinal or neck injuries and traumatic brain injuries can lead to significant or even life-long disabilities.

The Social Security Administration has various programs to help Americans who are suffering from such injuries. If your injury is expected to last at least a year or end in death and is prohibiting you from seeking and maintaining gainful employment, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits to help.

Understanding the basics of workers' compensation

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for workers to get injured in the workplace. Whether it is due to dangerous working conditions, faulty equipment, worker neglect or simply just an accident, it is important for workers to know and understand workers' compensation laws are in place to help in the event of a workplace injury.

Workers' compensation follows a no-fault system, meaning that regardless of the cause of the workplace injury, a worker is entitled to financial compensation if the injury, disease or condition leads to a lengthy loss of work. For instances of equipment failure or product defect, a worker may focus on a third party to obtain compensation for the injury. In such instances, the employer may also seek reimbursement for previous workers' compensation payments made.

How Social Security Disability benefits help disabled Americans

Living with a serious disability can make things incredibly difficult. In addition to not being able to work to earn an income, disabled people are often burdened with additional costs such as doctor visits, prescriptions, tests, rehabilitation and many other costs associated with the disability.

Filling out the appropriate forms and filing a claim with Social Security is not easy, and it may be helpful to seek professional assistance that can help people along the way. People have enough to worry about taking care of themselves; it is important to not let the application process overwhelm or discourage them from filing for a claim.

Questions remain following crane accident on Tappan Zee Bridge

On Tuesday, July 19, a crane used during construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge collapsed across the existing bridge, crippling traffic on both sides for hours and injuring five people, including two workers. Miraculously, no one died in the accident, though it snarled traffic on the busy bridge, which handles as many as 130,000 vehicles daily. The accident is still under investigation.

To date, the crane's black box, an instrument that documents the operations of the equipment, has not been released to investigators, more than 10 days after the accident. This has led to frustration from officials, including the Regional Federal Labor Department in Tarrytown and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration who both claim they do not have any information from the black box.

Dangers of cancer from alcohol consumption

Throughout the United States and throughout the world, the consumption of alcohol is a common practice among adults. Some like to unwind after a long day's work with a few beers at happy hour, others like to enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner each night and others reserve their alcoholic consumption to special events like parties or barbeques. While it has been noted in the past that low quantities of alcohol does have some health benefits, new research findings may put a dark cloud of many people's happy hour.

According to an analysis by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it was found that even low consumption of alcoholic beverages can increase the risk for up to seven types of cancer. The findings were announced by the University of Otago in New Zealand. Among the forms associated with alcoholic consumption include liver, colon, rectum, larynx, oropharynx and female breast cancer. The findings do debunk a previous theory that moderate consumption can be linked to cardiovascular cancer, as there was little correlation between the two.

Social Security reminds Americans applications can be appealed

As the Social Security Administration continues to keep up with new technology and address how Americans conduct business, they recently announced that the appeal process may be processed online. Earlier this year, the SSA revealed a new blog and has become more active with social media, including active accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and additional features and options to conduct interactions with the administration online.

Previously, the appeals process for Social Security Disability Benefit applications had to be conducted at a local office or over the phone. The administration states that the online process is secure, simple and convenient.

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