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Is your back pain serious?

You might figure that a little back pain is normal, especially given your age and your lifestyle. You've probably even experienced a little minor back strain from time to time.

So, how do you tell whether your back pain is something that will probably heal on its own or that requires medical care?

Asking a doctor to support your Social Security Disability claim

A lot of people feel very uncomfortable about bringing up the subject of disability with their doctors. They may tell themselves something like, "Surely, if I'm really disabled, my doctor would tell me!"

Well, that's not actually likely.

How does pain affect your claim for Social Security Disability?

When people talk about why their condition is disabling, they often mention the pain they experience. Pain is, after all, very limiting. It can exhaust you, make it difficult to concentrate and make it impossible to sit, stand, walk, lift or otherwise function normally throughout your day.

But, since everyone experiences pain differently, how does pain figure into a claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?

What happens when you return to work after an injury?

Getting an on the job injury was a stressful incident for multiple reasons. While you nursed your body back to health, you probably worried about paying bills and keeping up financially. Thankfully, workers’ compensation was able to help you out. There’s the assumption that with time to rest, you will be able to come back to work feeling good as new. However, that can be quite far from the truth. While a doctor or a quick internet search might be able to give you a general idea of how long you’ll be waiting, there’s no telling for sure.

What’s more, after suffering an injury, one of the worst things to do is put pressure on it. While returning to work might feel like a necessity, there’s the chance that it will hurt more than it helps. Luckily, there is something in place to help.

Hepatitis and medical workers: A different type of injury

When most people think of on-the-job-injuries, they think of bad falls, being hit with a piece of equipment, injuring their backs or something similar.

In the medical field, however, the type of injuries someone can experience can be much different. Acquiring a hepatitis infection, for example, is one of the risks that many medical workers face daily.

Could you be raising 'red flags' with workers' compensation?

Let's be clear about something from the start: No employer likes to hear that an employee is injured and needs workers' compensation. In addition, no insurance company likes to pay out even $1 more than necessary on a claim.

So, despite the fact that the majority of workers' comp claims are legitimate, that doesn't stop claims adjusters and investigators from "digging through dirt" to try to deny your injury claim.

What are some of the most common injuries in the medical field?

Doctors, nurses, nursing aides and nursing home workers -- they all run the risk of suffering injuries at work at a rate greater than construction workers, people in manufacturing jobs or loggers.

Does that surprise you? It probably doesn't surprise anybody actually in the medial field. There are a number of factors that combine daily to make occupations in medicine far more dangerous than outsiders might expect.

Considering retirement because of a disability? Read this first

If you're over 60 years of age and suffering from a disability, you may be trying to eke out a living despite your condition while you wait to reach your minimum retirement age for Social Security.

Instead, you should consider filing for Social Security Disability benefits. Here's why:

Social Security can be a lifeline for the disabled

Have you ever wondered why some areas seem to have more Social Security Disability recipients than others? It's not an illusion. Disabled people tend to "cluster" in certain areas due to numerous complex socio-economic factors and the way that the disability approval process itself works.

Nationally, about one out of every 25 people is disabled enough to qualify for Social Security programs. However, about one out of every 12 people in some northern Minnesota counties is considered disabled.

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