For those suffering from a disability that is preventing them from working, even doing typically normal everyday tasks may become difficult or impossible to accomplish. If you are suffering from a debilitating injury, illness or mental condition, such as depression, even leaving your house may be a chore.
If you've been injured in the workplace, you may be entitled to benefits for your injuries. In addition to state laws, there are also federal laws, protections and insurance to assure an injured worker is properly compensated for any work-related accident. In most cases, an injured worker will seek benefits through workers' compensation.
Typically, any form of injury while in the workplace is included in workers' compensation insurance, regardless of who is at fault for the injury. There are however exceptions. If for example, it can be proven that an employee was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the accident was a result of the worker's intoxication, the workers' compensation may be denied. If the employee was involved with illegal activity or violated company policies, an employee may also be denied.
Lupus erythematous is an autoimmune disease that targets a group of organs, cells and tissue that protect the body from infection. It is a chronic disorder that may last as long as several months. Unfortunately, residents in New York and elsewhere suffer from this illness, making it challenging to work and even live a normal life.
According to recent reports, acclaimed singer Toni Braxton's representative made a statement last week regarding her health and recent stay at a hospital involving her battle with Lupus. Thankfully, it appears she is back home, resting and will be fine, according to the statement. This was not the first time in the hospital for Braxton; she was also in the hospital in 2012 under similar circumstances.
Last week, Bruce Springsteen's long-awaited autobiography "Born to Run" hit bookshelves across the country. Fans of Springsteen may think of the rock and roll legend as immortal. Writing, recording and churning out music for over 40 years, Springsteen or "The Boss" as he is affectionately called, is known for his legendary live shows, which can last as long as four hours. But Springsteen is human, and humans are flawed. Springsteen recently opened up about his decades-long battle with depression, which he said affected him like "a freight train bearing down."
Springsteen also opens up about his strained relationship with his father, who also suffered from mental conditions, including agoraphobia and hair-pulling disorders, which were neither diagnosed nor discussed. As a child, Springsteen reflects that his father's condition was ordinary and embarrassing. In the midst of his own depression, Bruce feared he was becoming too much like his father.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.