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What's Supplemental Security Income's purpose?

When you have a disability, one of the things that might help you is Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI). SSDI is only made available to workers who have an appropriate number of work credits granted from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

As most people know, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits aren't very high. The amount isn't taxed, but it can still be hard to live on disability benefits alone. That's why it's a good idea to look into Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Worker suffers cardiac arrest from lightning strike

Workers' compensation is something that workers should be entitled to if they are harmed while on the job. Whether they're traveling for work, fall in an office or are hurt on a construction site, the point of workers' compensation is to make sure they get the financial support and medical care they need at no cost to them. Additionally, those who are off work for several days may qualify for a portion of their lost wages, so that they don't have to worry about the time they missed on the job.

In Florida, workers are hurt all the time. One thing that you should be aware of is the risk of hazardous weather conditions. Take for example this worker who was injured by a nearby lightning strike. The worker, a landscaper, had previously taken cover from a thunderstorm, but he went back out in the storm to collect a shovel that had been left in the rain. That's when a lightning strike took place nearby, sending him into cardiac arrest. He was taken to the hospital with injuries, but his condition after receiving medical care wasn't released.

Man in critical condition after alleged fight in restaurant

A man has been hospitalized following an attack at Miller's Ale House, according to deputies in Kissimmee. The June 5 report states that a 51-year-old man was hospitalized for the injuries that he suffered after getting into an altercation with another party at a local restaurant in Kissimmee.

During the altercation, the man fell and hit his head, requiring emergency treatment. When deputies arrived at the restaurant, the man was unconscious. He had been punched by the suspect, a 28-year-old man, according to witnesses. They allege that this caused him to fall and hurt himself.

Seek help if your workers' compensation claim is denied

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance coverage that the majority of employers are required to purchase for their employees. There are exceptions, but in typical jobs, employees will be covered in the case that they're hurt on the job.

In Florida, the Division of Workers' Compensation is in charge of making sure that employees get the benefits that they are entitled to through workers' compensation.

Homeless vets often struggle with undiagnosed PTSD

If you have a family member who served in the armed forces in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or other military operations, you can probably recall the long months of deployment waiting for word of your loved one's safety. When your family member returned home, you likely welcomed him with some kind of celebration. It was not long, however, before you understood that the experience had changed your loved one.

You may be spending as much time now worrying about your loved one as you did during his deployment. This time, however, it is because your loved one is homeless. After struggling to return to civilian life, your loved one's isolation became complete. You may be starting to understand that a proper medical diagnosis could bring hope to your loved one's life.

Florida among states with highest Social Security payouts

If you live in Florida, then you're used to seeing many retired people. Florida is a well-known state for retirement, and people love the sandy beaches, warm weather and tropical vibes.

What's interesting about Florida, though, is how many people collect Social Security there. Whether it's retirement benefits or disability benefits, Florida ranks high on the list.

Drivers in Florida may be uninsured: Here's more

Florida is full of interesting places for tourists to visit, and that could be part of the reason why there are so many traffic accidents there. People unfamiliar with the roads and traffic laws combine with heavy traffic and make for the perfect conditions for a crash.

Floridians have higher insurance rates as a result of those collisions. Between 2017 and 2018, the average insurance premium went up by approximately 10% to an alarming $2,050 yearly. This is a problem, because such high rates mean that there are many drivers who are on the roads without insurance.

Workers' compensation: A right for most employees

Workers' compensation coverage is essential to employees who have been hurt on the job. It provides many important benefits such as medical coverage, compensation for lost wages, vocational rehabilitation and more.

Most workers in Florida have a right to workers' compensation if they are hurt while performing the duties of their jobs. For example, someone driving to a client's site from their primary office will be in the process of performing their work, so if they get into a crash, they should be covered by workers' compensation. Similarly, someone who is injured by an explosion in an industrial facility while on the job can also be covered by workers' compensation.

Crash on vacation? What should you do?

You've been dreaming of coming to Kissimmee for some time because you're a huge fan of Disney and everything the local area has to offer. Unfortunately, along the drive from the airport to your rental home, you were involved in a significant car accident.

Instead of spending time in the sun, you ended up spending time in surgery. Instead of enjoying a sunny day on the beach, you're in a darkened room to help with the migraines you have as a result of your brain injury.

Denied disability claim? You can keep fighting for benefits

Perhaps you suffered serious injuries in a car accident that have left you unable to meet the physical demands of your job. Maybe you have a grave medical condition that leaves you requiring extensive medical care and time off from work. There are many physical, mental and medical conditions that can leave a person disabled, unable to retain gainful employment, and support his or her Florida family. 

If you cannot work because of a medical condition, you may apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. When you submit your application, you may feel hopeful and confident that you will soon have the support you need, but what if you are not initially successful? Many first-time claims comes back denied.