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December 2015 Archives

Skin disorders can qualify a person for disability benefits


When people worry about exposure to chemicals in the workplace, the first concern that comes to mind is usually the danger of inhaling those chemicals on a daily basis. Because exposure to chemical inhalation in the workplace can pose such an immense health risk to workers, organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have pushed to implement regulatory changes to guard against these problems. However, inhalation is not the only potential health hazard that people face when they work around chemicals.

How does memory impairment relate to functional capacity?


People in Houston who are familiar with this blog probably know that when a person suffers from a mental or physical problem that limits their ability to work, they may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. But how does the Social Security Administration assess whether a person can work and earn a living?

Help that is available in addition to SSI benefits


The Social Security Administration recognizes that people in Houston and across the nation who have minimal income and are blind, disabled or are 65 years-old and up, need special help when it comes to covering their expenses. Thus, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is designed to help people who are in this position.

New budget act breathes life into SSDI system


During the past few months, the insolvency of the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) system has loomed large while Congress has debated ways to handle the cash-strapped program. As a prior post on this blog explained, the most recent report from the Social Security Trustees showed that the Social Security Administration (SSA) would have to slash Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits by as much as 20 percent at the end of 2016 if Congress was unable to find a solution to the program's dire financial problems.

A back injury can derail a person's career


In a prior post, this blog discussed back pain and the fact that nearly 30 million Americans suffer from it at some point in their life. For many people in Houston, this might mean chronic aches and pains that worsen over time. For others, back pain can be a more immediate and severe problem. In either case, back pain can greatly affect a person's life, leaving them virtually helpless when it comes to doing the things that they are used to doing on an ordinary basis.