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How do you know if you are eligible for SSD benefits?

For most individuals in Georgia, they do not plan for tragedy to happen to them. However, many are aware that the unexpected does occur. Because of that, it is very common for individuals to purchase various insurance policies. Whether it is damage to a home, an automobile accident or a major health problem, these policies help address the financial pitfalls caused by the matter. However, what can one do if they are seriously injured and no longer able to work.

Social Security disability was designed to help those unable to work because of disabling injury or illness. However, in order for eon to qualify for these benefits, he or she must meet the definition of disability as outline by the Social Security Administration. The SSA defines disability as a medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or end in their death. And, as a result, he or she is unable to work because of the disabling condition.

Helping you get the workers' comp that you deserve

When individuals in Georgia and elsewhere leave their home and head to work, they expect to return home in the same condition. In other words, employers do not expect to experience harms in the workplace, resulting in injuries, illness or even a disability. Unfortunately, any workplace could pose risks to workers, making it important for workers in all industries to explore their rights and options after suffering harm on-the-job.

Workplace accidents vary from worker to worker and from industry to industry. They could be the result of a fall from a great height, due to heavy machinery malfunctions, negligence of an employer, employee or third-party, because of lifting heavy items, repetitive motions or even a car accident while on-the-job.

The SSD programs available to you

There are certain life events that cause individuals to consider many what-if situations. Take getting a new job for example. New employees are faced with decisions regarding life insurance and other accounts regarding disability and dismemberment. No one likes to think about the possibility of being so severely injured that they are disabled and unable to work. However, this is a critical matter to consider.

While it is challenging to think about the possibility of disability, it is very difficult to deal with the challenges that living with a disability presents. Thus, many disabled individuals consider the possibility of easing or bettering their situation. Seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is one of those ways.

SSD benefits will increase 2.8 percent

Living with a disability can present some challenges to individuals and families in Georgia and elsewhere. While accommodations can make it easier to live with a disability, is one is unable to work because of a disability, financial problems can really set in. Because of this, Social Security disability programs are often sought out for assistance. However, many still find it challenging to make ends meet, as it can be rather costly to meet one's basic living needs.

The amount a recipient receives when they are approved of SSD benefits is related to the average cost of living. The Social Security Administration considers the cost of living adjustment when determining how much a recipient gets paid each month, and according to recent reports, this amount for 2019 will go up by 2.8 percent.

Preventing workplace accidents: Ladder safety tips

No matter how often you climb a ladder at work or how comfortable you feel, you always know that a single fall could be devastating. It can lead to broken bones, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries and much more. One simple mistake is all it takes.

After all, falls are the biggest reason for workplace fatalities in the construction industry, which is one of the most hazardous industries in America. Even if you're not doing construction, you have to be aware of the risks. You must know how to work safely at any height, and that means knowing how to use a ladder properly and responsibly. Below are some key safety tips that can help:

Police still sorting out fatal Georgia accident

An accident in a small town south of Atlanta, Georgia, left a kindergartener dead and several other people seriously injured. The mother of the child who died was hospitalized and listed at one point in fair condition, while two of the woman's other children were treated after the accident but apparently released.

The car accident involved two vehicles, and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital in critical condition, meaning her injuries were serious and potentially life-threatening.

What kind of damages can be collected after a car accident?

Motor vehicles are heavily relied on. For many, it is their only way to get around or travel to work. Thus, heavy traffic is often an issue. However, whether traffic is bad or not, car accidents could happen for a wide range or reasons. Whether a driver is negligent, reckless or intoxicated, victims of a car crash should understand the legal recourses available to them.

What kind of damages can be collected after a car accident? The most common and the most sought out damage would be medical expenses. When a person is injured in a car crash, he or she could suffer a wide range of injuries. This could include major trauma like a brain injury. Because some injuries require much medical treatment, even extended well into the future, this could be an ongoing major expense. Having these costs addressed is often the most important for accident victims. This can includes costs like therapy, ambulance fees, healthcare accessories, disfigurement, in home services and consultations with healthcare professionals.

Understanding the Ticket to Work program

No one expects to be able to work one day and not the next. Unfortunately, a sudden injury or a serous illness diagnosis can change this. Suffering a disability can completely alter a person's life, even causing him or her to no longer work This can further frustrates the matter, a one needs an income to cover basic living expense.

Even when a person accepts the fact that they are suffering from a disabling injury or illness, it can be difficult to go from living a normal life to no longer being able to work or even care for oneself. In many cases, the goal is to recover from their current condition, making it a livable condition. Even more so, individuals often seek to return to work to ensure they are secure financially.

Guiding you through the SSD application process

Upon entering adulthood, most individuals in Georgia and elsewhere have plans for their future. That may be obtaining and education, entering the workforce, saving money, buying a home and even starting a family. No matter what a person's plan is, there is one thing that is likely not part of that plan, and that would be suffering a disabling injury. While we cannot predict the future and completely protect ourselves from all accidents, when a serious accident occurs, we are often shocked and ill prepared by the aftermath.

When an individual suddenly suffers a disabling injury, it may seem like the do not have many options. However, just like a person born with a disabling condition, if the condition or injury suffered meets the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, an individual could be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

How does drunk driving compare to distracted driving?

People engage in a lot of dangerous activities in their cars, from breaking the speed limit to neglecting to use their seat belts. However, you could argue that the two most dangerous trends are distracted driving and drunk driving. They both cause many accidents that result in injuries and/or death.

Worst of all, these are easily preventable crashes. By way of comparison, a lack of experience also makes young drivers crash more often, but they cannot get experience without driving. It's a natural risk that is impossible to avoid. With drunk driving and distracted driving, though, drivers could eliminate every related injury if they simply stopped taking these risks behind the wheel.

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