House Fire in Troy, Texas Injures One
A house fire on November 22, 2013 in Troy, Texas left one man injured. Depending on the nature of his injuries, the man could be unable to work in the same capacity as he did prior to the fire. Life changing accidents happen every day in El Paso, Houston, Fort Worth, Tyler, Beaumont and all throughout Texas. What happens when you are injured and can no longer work?
What is Social Security Disability?
We all know about “social security.” It’s one of the categories of taxes that the government takes out of our paychecks every pay period. We hear about the retired and elderly receiving their checks. Social Security Disability benefits, however, are not necessarily for the elderly. The SSD and the Supplemental Security Income programs are designed to provide assistance to disabled workers. That is, for people who were working and are not retired but now are prevented by some mental or physical disability from continuing their work. This is a government program meant be a safety net for those who have no choice but to prematurely leave the workforce. Those who need SSD are not lazy, but they are the truly injured who can no longer work to survive. It makes sense in a country as wealthy and industrious as ours that we do not want to punish people, or let people starve or lose the roof over their heads, just because fate dealt them a rough hand.
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You could be eligible for SSD or SSI as the result of either a physical injury, a mental condition or both. For example, you may no longer be able to work due to severe and unrelenting back pain. That is a physical injury. Or, you maybe be unable to work due to developing or worsening mental disease, such as schizophrenia. The SSD and SSI should be able to help people in either position.
However, the government has to be very careful about who gets approved for SSD and SSI. SSD and SSI might seem appealing to those who merely want to stop working because working is inconvenient. As a result, sometimes people who truly need SSD and SSI have difficulty being approved.
The SSD and SSI programs take many factors into consideration when determining who should receive benefits. For example, they will request medical evidence of the condition you are claiming. They will inquire if you have the ability to do work different from the work you did prior to your injury. If so, they will investigate if such jobs are available to you. The evaluation process has many more questions than just these.
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If you have applied for SSD or SSI and have been denied or are planning on applying for the first time, please contact an attorney immediately. Your attorney will help you throughout the entire process. A skilled and experienced attorney, like us here at Loncar Lyon Jenkins, will know what evidence, paperwork and steps are required for your application. It is a long, complex, bureaucratic process with lots of different procedures and requirements. An attorney will be able to help you through the red tape, file for hearings and appeals, make sure your doctors are cooperating, and much more.
If you are unable to come to our office due to your injury, we will gladly come to you. Please contact us with any questions.