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What can you expect from the SSDI appeals process?

Someone may have warned you that an astonishing number of applications for Social Security disability benefits come back denied after the initial application. Even so, you are in need of those benefits, so you applied anyway and received the expected denial.

Fortunately, you do have the chance to appeal that denial. This process may be complex and probably won't be easy, but you may avail yourself of this opportunity to restate your case. This time, it may be worth your while to seek support in your endeavor in order to help increase your chances of success. Time is of the essence, however. You have 60 days from the date of your denial letter to start the process.

Kentucky's workers' compensation system set to change

Kentucky is planning major changes to its workers' compensation system for the first time in decades -- but workers may not appreciate some of the new measures once they're in place.

In fact, the changes that have been approved are supported primarily by employers because they cut insurance costs. Labor groups tried to oppose them, saying that some of the "improvements" aren't really beneficial to workers at all. Opponents have even called the new plan "ant-worker" in nature.

Will my lost wages be repaid after a work injury?

When you become injured while at work in the state of Kentucky, you will probably need to take time off work in order to recover. This will be unpaid, and therefore, you will lose wages in the short term. When the injury occurred at work, it will seem unfair that you have to suffer financially because of an injury that occurred while carrying out your duties. This is where workers' compensation comes in.

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that is compulsory for the majority of employers to take out. This insurance means that employees will be supported financially when they become injured at work. In general, this means that their necessary medical services will be paid for, and a certain proportion of their lost wages will be reimbursed. However, many workers in the state of Kentucky are uncertain about what their rights really are, and they are often given inaccurate information from their employer.

The aftermath of a coma due to a car accident

Being involved in a serious car accident can mean that a patient enters a coma. A coma is a state of unconsciousness where the person retains basic life support functions, but they are not able to respond to external stimuli or think in a conscious way. It can be a way for the body to make a recovery due to head trauma.

Comas can often last for 2 to 4 weeks. While the potential for recovery can vary widely based on the situation of the patient, it is possible to make a full recovery. However, making a full recovery will never be easy, and the patient will require a great deal of medical support in order to do so.

Eligibility for other programs as a disability benefit recipient

If you are someone that qualifies for Social Security Disability (SSI) benefits, it means that you are a disabled person that is unable to earn a meaningful income because of your condition and the associated challenges. Many recipients of SSI do not realize that they may be in fact eligible for many other state programs.

It is important as an SSI recipient that you take the time to understand the different programs that you could also benefit from. This could result in an increased quality of life, and more disposable income than you have currently.

3 reasons for back pain on the job

Back pain can become so bad that you feel like you can barely move. You certainly cannot work safely when experiencing extreme back pain. Back pain is also known for lingering and often lasting for years. After some back injuries, you could have pain for life. It's nothing to take lightly.

To help you avoid a serious back injury at work, consider these three main reasons for on-the-job back pain:

  1. Inactivity: Some chronic back pain simply comes from sitting for too long, a common issue with office workers. It can be made worse if you're forced to sit in a chair that does not have proper support.
  2. Repetition: Even relatively easy movements can lead to pain over time. For instance, perhaps you have to twist to pick up the next part on an assembly line. It's easy on your first day on the job. Ten years later, every twist is painful.
  3. Improper lifting: Maybe your boss never gave you training to show you how to lift properly with your legs. Perhaps you were not given safety gear. Maybe you were told to move something you knew was too heavy, but you did it anyway because you did not want to get fired.

You could get certain benefits for work-related hearing loss

As a worker in Kentucky, you can encounter a number of things on the job that could be a threat to your safety and well-being. Depending on the nature of your job, it is possible that excessive noise levels could be a threat to your hearing. In fact, your job could lead to either temporary or permanent hearing loss.

If your job conditions resulted in the loss of hearing, even partially, you could have grounds to seek workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers generally have the right to support after a work-related accident or the onset of a work-related medical condition, including hearing loss. Many people find it beneficial to seek guidance as they navigate the workers' compensation process.

Dealing with toxic exposure at work

As a worker in the state of Kentucky, you have the legal right to be protected from harm as far as reasonably possible. This means that your employer must do what he or she can in order to prevent injury from occurring in the workplace, but he or she must also put procedures in place to limit the risk of exposure to other safety hazards, such as toxic exposure.

In many industries, toxic exposure is a daily risk, but as a worker, you should be provided with as much information as possible to help you keep safe. If there are toxins present in your workplace, you have the legal right to seek more information. This will help you be aware of the risks that you are facing at work, and what to do about them.

What can I do after an accident injures my spine?

One of the most devastating injuries to suffer in an auto accident is to the spinal cord as this type of trauma frequently causes paralysis. Even when the victim isn't completely or permanently paralyzed, the repercussions can still be quite severe.

Learning what to expect after a disabling injury to your spine can help you adjust to the situation and face your considerable challenges head-on.

Social Security benefits and immune disorders

When you are suffering from an immune disorder, some of the most basic tasks can become seemingly impossible. Depending on the type of immune disorder you are suffering from, you may feel fatigued, anxious, depressed and suffer from fever. Immune disorders have the potential to affect all organs and muscles, causing weakness and a whole variety of illnesses.

Because of the broad range of symptoms that can result from immune disorders, it is impossible to be able to predict the rights to Social Security benefits that each person will have. However, there are some general pointers that can be helpful to all immune disorder sufferers.

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