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SSD benefits for military members and veterans

Serving in the United States military is a bold and courageous thing to do. These men and women, many of whom live and serve in Florida, put their safety and well-being in jeopardy for the betterment of our country. Even those who are merely preparing for military conflict via training exercises can find themselves facing serious injuries. In some instances, these injuries can be so significant that they interfere with an individual's ability to work and earn a wage. When this happens, he or she may qualify for Social Security disability compensation.

Cerebral palsy sufferers may qualify for SSD benefits

It's a sad reality that there are a number of illnesses and injuries that can affect the neurological functioning of an individual. Sufferers of these conditions may find it difficult to live what others consider a normal life, and merely functioning from day-to-day can be frustrating, painful, and downright difficult. Although these individuals may be able to obtain assistance to make their lives easier, it often comes with a great financial cost.

Those pursuing SSD benefits for mental conditions can seek help

Last week on the blog we discussed substance addiction and how it can play a role in obtaining Social Security disability. For many people in Florida and across the nation, substance addiction is a disease that has reshaped their day-to-day lives. Sometimes the addiction is the result of an underlying mental health condition, or sometimes substance use results in a mental or physical condition. For example, if an individual can show that his or her anxiety or panic attacks meet the Social Security Administration's requirements for disability, then he or she will be awarded SSD benefits even if that condition was caused by substance addiction.

Changes will speed up determining disability for veterans

Anyone in Florida who has had experience with the Social Security disability system knows that the wait times can be a nightmare. At a time when a disabled individual is struggling to make ends meet, wait times of months or even a year or more can spell financial ruin. For years now, advocates have been voicing the need for a more efficient system that allows individuals to have their claims adjudicated more quickly, thereby leading to faster benefit recovery for those who qualify.

Substance addiction and Social Security disability

Substance abuse has become an ever-growing problem across Florida and the country as a whole. Those who suffer from an addiction can face significant hardship in their personal and professional lives. As scientists continue to study addiction, there is growing consensus that addiction is a disease. With that in mind, many may find themselves wondering if they qualify for Social Security disability benefits if their addiction has rendered them unable to work.

What is the true cost of a spine injury?

Every year, thousands of Americans suffer from spinal cord injuries. These injuries may occur in car wrecks, workplace accidents, or medical conditions. Regardless of the exact cause, a spinal cord injury can leave a victim with a life that is far different from what they once considered normal. They may be left totally or partially paralyzed, and their motor and bodily functions may be jeopardized. While it can be extremely challenging to overcome this sudden and drastic shift in one's daily life, causing serious physical and emotional pain, it can also be financially devastating.

SSD benefits may be available to HIV sufferers

Human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV, is a sexually transmitted disease that can reshape and even end a Floridian's life. Although medical researchers continue to search for a cure and develop treatments to extend the length and quality of life for sufferers, the reality is that this disease continues to strip away what sufferers may have once considered a normal life.

Social Security disability planner is a good place to start

Disability is far more common than many of us think. In fact, about 25 percent of those the age of 20 today will become disabled at some point in their lives before reaching the age of 67. This large portion of the population can face tremendous financial hardship when their disability prevents them from working and earning a wage. They might struggle to pay for their medical care, their rent or mortgage, and even food for themselves and their family.