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Social media could ruin your Social Security Disability claim

You know that it isn't easy to get Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. There's a rigorous claims process, long waits for decisions and frequent denials. You also know that disability payments don't exactly allow you to live "the high life."

However, if you listen to the SSD program's detractors, there are all kinds of fraudsters who have somehow tricked their doctors and the claims examiners alike -- and are now out there collecting checks for nothing. Unfortunately, the current government administration agrees with that theory. What they're proposing next could end up seriously damaging the lives of many disabled people -- essentially punishing sick people for having a good day and talking about it.

Minnesota Supreme Court gives injured workers new options

For the last 30 years, injured workers in Minnesota who were discriminated against after their injury were pretty much out of options once they settled their workers' compensation claim. A state Supreme Court ruling known as the "Karst" decision barred injured workers from filing claims for discrimination through the Minnesota Human Right Act under the idea that they would be "double-dipping," or collecting payment twice for the same injury.

That has now changed. A new ruling from the state's Supreme Court has effectively ended the old rule by a 5-2 decision.

Health care workers face constant danger on the job

Can you imagine what it would be like to go to work every day knowing the odds are high that you'll be threatened, sworn at or even physically assaulted during your shift?

That's exactly what it's like for America's health care workers. According to information gathered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) between 2002 and 2013, health care workers see four times as many serious incidents of violence than workers in any other industry.

The wait for a Social Security Disability hearing stretches on

For the majority of disability claimants waiting on that all-important hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), the wait keeps going.

For many Social Security Disability (SSD) applicants, the Administrative Hearing is their last hope. Already having endured two previous denials in order to get there, claimants are waiting on a chance to present their case in person to an ALJ who has the authority to directly grant or deny their benefits. A significant number of claimants are eventually approved that way -- but only after enduring a very long and arduous wait without any type of benefits at all.

Social Security Disability benefits and invisible disabilities

We all know that looks can be deceiving, but imagine what it's like when you "look fine" but are actually suffering from a hidden condition that is severely limiting -- if not outright miserable to endure.

That's the ordinary reality of people with hidden disabilities.

What's a notice of intent to discontinue benefits?

When you're trying to recover from a serious work injury, the last thing you want to receive in the mail is a "Notice of Intention to Discontinue Workers' Compensation Benefits," or NOID.

Essentially, this is a letter telling you that your benefits are about to either be reduced or -- more likely -- outright stopped. Not only are your actual checks likely slated to halt so are your medical benefits for your injury.

Workers Comp agencies eye curbing loneliness to aid health

One of the goals of worker’s compensation is to give injured workers the chance to heal and return to the job. Worker’s comp agencies are eyeing new research that examines how social interaction and loneliness affect healing.

By offering such services as meal delivery, companionship and help with food preparation, worker’s compensation organizations intend to improve injury recovery times.

Who makes the decision on your Social Security Disability claim?

Do you know who actually makes the decision on your Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim?

Most people don't. Knowing that information, however, can make it easier to understand the entire claims process -- and help you understand where to focus your energies.

Can you qualify for disability benefits with psoriatic arthritis?

Psoriatic arthritis is a complicated, painful condition that affects a victim's skin, joints, fingers and other body parts.

But, does having psoriatic arthritis qualify as a disability under the rules used by the Social Security Administration (SSA)? Like most questions involving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the best possible answer is, "It depends." A number of different factors have to be evaluated once you file a claim, including your age, your educational level, your prior work history, the severity of your condition, the length of time you have been ill, any co-morbid conditions you have and what treatments you have already tried.

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