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August 2018 Archives

Social Security approves 5 conditions for compassionate allowance

The compassionate allowance program is a special fast-track way for certain identified illnesses and disorders to be approved for disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. Conditions identified for this program do not undergo the same review process as others and individuals who suffer from them may begin to receive the benefits they need sooner than they would if they had to go through the normal path to benefits. North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that the acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration recently announced that five additional disorders have been included in the fast- track program.

Disability benefits for spinal cord disorders

There is no such thing as a good injury but North Carolina residents may be aware that damage sustained to certain parts of their bodies may result in more significant impairments than harm endured to other body parts. For example, a person who suffers a shoulder injury may find that they have difficulty moving their arm or performing lifting duties; a person who suffers a spinal cord injury, however, may lose complete function of their arms and even their legs depending upon the severity and location of their wound.

Seeking disability benefits with COPD

Even if you quit smoking years ago or never smoked at all, you may have recently noticed difficulty breathing. In fact, the wheezing and tightness in your chest may have concerned you enough to seek medical attention, especially if you are finding it more difficult to stay on your feet or move around at work like you need to.

What is an intellectual disorder?

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities offers a two-part definition of what it means to suffer from an intellectual disorder. According to this group, an intellectual disorder involves limitations in a person's intellectual functioning and their adaptive behavior. While intellectual functioning has to do with a person's general intelligence, adaptive behavior has to do with how that person social and practical skills in their daily life.

Help for when an injury keeps you out of work

Getting hurt and not being able to work can be very hard on a Charlotte resident. If their injury is something that they can recover from and that will eventually allow them to get back to work, they may have short-term options for getting financial help until they are back on their feet. If, though, their injury is permanent and disabling they may need a long-term option for staying financially afloat.

What happens to disability benefits if I want to go back to work?

Not everyone who qualifies for and receives Social Security disability benefits will be able to go back to working for earned income. In fact, disability benefits exist in order to help men and women who have paid into the system to stay financially on their feet when disabling injuries and illnesses prevent them from holding down jobs. However, in some situations North Carolina residents who have received disability benefits may find that they want to go back to having their own careers.

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