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Why are spinal cord injuries so serious?

An injury to a person's spinal cord can be a life-altering event. Although different spinal cord injuries may result in significantly varying symptoms and degrees of harm, serious trauma to the spinal cord can render a person disabled and unable to work. This post will offer Oklahoma residents some insights into the true challenges that spinal cord injury victims may face but, as with all medical information offered on this blog, this post should not be read as medical or legal advice.

Harm suffered at any point along a person's spinal cord may result in a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord runs down a person's body and carries nerves throughout the body. These nerves carry signals from the brain to all bodily system to ensure that they respond and function as they should for a person's survival.

Reporting requirements for SSI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Social Security program for individuals who have limited incomes. There are different ways to qualify for SSI. Those who are successful in recovering these benefits are subject to a number of reporting requirements that exist to ensure that they are getting benefits that they actually should. Oklahoma residents who wish to maintain their SSI benefits must provide continual reporting on the following topics, but readers are reminded that this information is not comprehensive and additional requirements may apply.

First, any changes in a person's income or access to financial resources must be reported. If an individual starts to earn more or less money, then it should be reported, as should any changes in the incomes of their spouses or others in the SSI recipient's household. If an SSI recipient starts to receive financial help from someone outside of their household, that also must reported.

What is anxiety and how can it be disabling?

Anxiety is the common term used to describe a host of mental conditions that may affect how a person lives their life. The symptoms associated with anxiety disorders are wide ranging and can include nervousness, fear, trembling, exhaustion, sleep disturbances, worrying, and having trouble concentrating. When these symptoms become unmanageable, an Oklahoma resident may find that they are unable to focus on the important aspects of their life, including their job.

Because anxiety can be so pervasive, the Social Security Administration recognizes it as a disability. Fleeting episodes of anxiety do not qualify individuals for benefits. Instead, like other disabilities, anxiety must meet the definition set forth by the federal government and last for at least one year.

Liver diseases and disorders are serious medical conditions

The human body is an amazing collection of cells that group together into systems that perform the many necessary functions that must occur in order for it to stay alive. Any Oklahoma resident who has ever suffered a serious illness may be aware of how damaged one's health may become when their body must fight off an infection or disorder. Disorders that affect the liver can be especially damaging and may lead to significant disabilities and harm in those who experience them.

The liver is a large organ that filters toxins and harmful substances out of the body. It also helps the body break down and digest the food it needs to live. In essence, when the liver is not working properly it is very hard for the rest of the body to function well.

3 things to know about SSDI and mental health

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is available for a wide range of permanent disabilities. The Social Security Administration determines the disabilities it covers under this federal benefits program.

SSDI not only covers physical disabilities and impairments that prevent work, it also covers mental health impairments. It is important for you to understand the way that SSDI covers mental health to properly proceed with your SSDI claim if you intend to seek benefits under this program.

How does a disability freeze help disability benefits recipients?

Individuals who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration generally must have worked for a certain number of years prior to their disability prior to qualifying for access to such support. During the period in which they work credits are earned toward receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration and may be applied toward their disability benefits when they are unable to work. In most cases, a person's work history is used to assess just how much they may receive in support in the form of disability benefits.

Imagine that an Oklahoma worker had twelve years of work history that counted as credits toward later receiving disability benefits. If they then suffered a disabling injury and could not work, then they may seek to collect benefits, but their years of qualifying work would cease to grow. In fact, if the Social Security Administration continued to count years out of work on account of disability against years of qualifying work, then a disability benefit recipient would later find himself or herself no longer eligible to receive q benefits.

Get help when mental illness prevents employment

Living with mental illness can mean living with a disease that no one else in the world can see. It can mean facing misunderstandings about one's condition by those who are close to them and discrimination from those who do not understand the true nature of struggling with depression, anxiety, or another mental disorder. Oklahoma residents who struggle with mental illness may feel the isolation of fighting a war that few others are aware are raging on inside of them.

Mental illnesses are more than just sadness. They can be crippling, life-controlling afflictions that require therapy, medication, and other treatments. Even with excellent medical care and support from loved ones, many individuals who suffer from mental illnesses are unable to live independently or take care of their own needs.

What can I do if I think discrimination affected by SSD benefits?

Social Security disability benefits are often an important part of maintaining an individual's financial lifeline. Without them, Oklahoma residents who are unable to work may be left without the resources they need to secure housing, pay their utilities, and put food on their tables. While not every application for disability benefits will fulfill the requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration, individuals should not have their request for disability benefits denied due to discrimination.

Discrimination happens in many places and under various circumstances, including when an applicant submits paperwork to request disability benefits. Individuals are protected from discrimination based on their race, gender, religion, national origin, and other protected classifications. If one of these classifications is used to make a detrimental benefits decision, then the individual may have recourse with the Social Security Administration.

Burn injuries and disability benefits

Burns can be painful and disfiguring. When they are left untreated they can become infected and result in secondary illnesses that can threaten the health and well-being of their victims. While most Oklahoma residents have suffered burns from hot pans, electrical equipment, or even the sun, only the most unfortunate have experienced burns severe enough to keep them out of work.

Burns are graded by degrees. For example, a first degree burn is one in which the victim's skin is only superficially burned on its outermost layer. A second degree burn, by contrast, affects the dermis, a layer of tissue below the skin.

Why you should keep seeing a doctor during the SSDI process

Have you become disabled and can no longer work? You may be able to qualify for Social Security benefits, specifically SSDI. Maybe you have already started the application process and are waiting on a response from the Social Security Administration.

Whatever your situation, one thing remains the same: Seeing your doctor regularly is vital to the success of your case. Here are the reasons why you should continue making follow-up appointments with your medical provider.

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