There has been a lot of talk in the news about how long it takes for a Florida resident, as well as those in other parts of the country, to get a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge after having an application for disability benefits denied.
Although there is supposedly a looming funding crises that Social Security will have to address at some point, 2018 is starting as a quiet year for Social Security.
Many Osceola County, Florida, residents have probably heard stories that the trust funds administered by the Social Security Administration, and which pays for disability benefits like SSDI, is on the brink of a collapse because the money going to the trust simply isn't matching what is coming out.
There's some good news on the horizon for disabled recipients of Social Security benefits. The Social Security Administration has announced a 2 percent increase in payments for 2018. We'll review what this could mean for our Osceola County readers; this information is intended to be general in nature, not specific legal advice.
Whether it is through medical diagnosis or an injury suffered, being told that you are disabled, temporarily or permanently, is never easy to hear. This can greatly alter a person's ability to get through their normal routine. In some cases, it can be challenging to care for him or herself or even obtain and maintain employment. Thus, the financial burdens associated with a disability can be overwhelming. In order to address and reduce these financial hardships, individuals will apply for Social Security disability benefits.
While getting older is of course inevitable, some elderly citizens are unfortunately afflicted with severe maladies. These sicknesses range from severe physical issues to debilitating mental conditions such as dementia. For those suffer dementia, maintaining a grasp on their finances, including Social Security, can be all but impossible. The Social Security Administration, however, has a program in place designed to assist those with dementia that few many know about.
Hearing from a medical professional that you are diagnosed with a serious medical condition is life-altering news. Suddenly, your world pauses and you think about what this really means. Is there a cure? What medical procedures will I need to undergo? Will I be able to maintain my normal life? How will I afford medical treatment? While these questions can be daunting and stressful, obtaining benefits from Social Security disability can reduce them.
When we picture people with disabilities in Florida and nationwide, we typically think of people in wheelchairs or those requiring in-home care to get through the day. While these are examples of individuals living with disabilities, this doesn't fully capture this vulnerable population. In fact, many disabled individuals do not have access to the same health care as others, causing an even more challenging and burdensome predicament.
No matter our age or what we do for a living, suffering a serious injury or illness is unexpected. Whether you have been informed of a diagnosis of a severe disease or you suffered a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident or workplace incident, it is important to understand there are resources available. If a debilitating injury or illness has made it difficult or even impossible to maintain a job or obtain gainful employment, it can be challenging to meet your financial needs. Thus, some individuals in Florida and elsewhere seek to utilize Social Security disability benefits to offset these financial difficulties.
Whether you are born with a disability or acquired one later in life due to an injury, illness or medical condition, it is likely this disability is anything but easy. In fact, those living with disabilities sin Florida and elsewhere are frequently faced with challenges, such as being unable to work, care for his or herself or return to their old life. This can significantly impact a person's quality of life and ability to meet his or her basic needs, such as food, shelter and medical care.