I'm Still Too Ill to Work. What Happens If My Claim Is Denied?

The SSDI application process is complicated, even for the most educated and prepared individual. According to data from the Social Security Administration (SSA), less than 40% of Social Security disability applications are approved at the initial application level.

If your case is one that receives an initial denial, you may appeal the decision. Depending on the state in which you live, you may be able to request a reconsideration. In certain states, a second individual who has no experience with your application will make a new decision.

October: AIDS Awareness Month

As of 2015, over 36 million people around the world currently live with HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that over a million people die of the disease each year.

Thanks to continuing medical advancements, this mortality rate is no longer on the rise. However, treatments can be costly, and are only available to a little more than half of all people suffering from the disease.

Even still, there is also a large stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, which can also contribute to people remaining silent about their diagnosis and failing to seek proper treatment.

September: World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s can be a deeply painful disorder for those with the condition and their loved ones. Since it can cause severe memory loss, it leaves people unable to engage in the activities they used to enjoy and interact with the people they loved. Worse yet, it remains relatively mysterious-- we don’t know for a fact what causes it.

Lymphoma, Social Security Disability Benefits, and You

You may have had your job for one month, one year, or even one decade. Either way, it can be a shock when you suffer from an illness or accident that leaves you unable to work. Suddenly, things like buying groceries and paying your bills are impossible due to your new lack of cash flow. At this point, you probably feel stuck.

What Are Some Differences Between SSDI and VA Disability?

Over 1 million American veterans have a VA disability rating of 70% or higher. According to the VA’s disability percentage breakdown, a rating of 70% or more indicates that a veteran’s condition is severe enough to prevent them from working regularly or living without assistance of some kind.

This is also part of the requirement for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), which is provided to Americans who are considered “totally and permanently disabled”.

June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month

Around 1 in 30 Americans experience some degree of scoliosis. It is both the most common spinal deformity as well as the least predictable one, seeing as we are still unsure of what causes almost 80% of cases. However, with recent medical advancements, treatment allows the majority of people with scoliosis to heal and continue living normal, healthy lives.

Continue below to learn more about scoliosis and see why, this June, it is time to spread awareness, knowledge, and motivation to fight for a future without scoliosis.

Celebrating Men’s Health Month - June 2017

Every June since it’s beginning in 1994, people around the world wear blue in support of men’s health. Men’s Health Month was created to inform people about the medical problems that males are at risk of facing in their lifetime, such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer. While some forms of these cancers have a rapid onset, the majority of testicular and prostate issues can be diagnosed and treated much easier if caught early on.

Continue below to learn more about men's health and see how you can help the men and boys in your life to stay healthy and supported.

March 1st: International Wheelchair Day

Around 3 million people in the United States rely on a wheelchair every day. From daily tasks to general mobility, wheelchairs provide people with a way to overcome their disability and live relatively normal lives. However, even today, accessibility issues isolate wheelchair users and prevent them from seeing much of the world.

This International Wheelchair Day, do your part to learn about the afflictions that limit mobility and bring awareness to the struggles wheelchair users face. With education, the future will continue to become accessible for all.


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