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Get a deep understanding about how SSI benefits affect you

It can be extremely troubling for Texas residents when they don't know how they are going to make ends meet. They may not know how they are going to pay for basic living necessitates, let alone extras. However, this is reality for many people who are living with disabilities. Residents who are severely disabled may be unable to work, and, therefore, unable to provide for their basic needs. Additionally, the nature of the person's disability may actually increase the person's everyday expenses, medical requirements and need for expensive therapies.

How does the appeals process work for SSI benefits?

As some readers of this blog already know, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that the Social Security Administration handles to help elderly, blind and disabled individuals who do not have other substantial forms of income. The program is supposed to provide cash benefits to these people so that they can pay for necessities including food and shelter. In many cases, however, the SSA denies applicants the benefits that they believe they should get. When this happens for SSI benefits, what can an applicant do?

Benefits that Houston workers can get to help with lost wages

If a person gets hurt or sick while he or she is working, he or she may be able to get workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are designed to be like an insurance program for workers. The employer pays into the program, and if a worker suffers an injury while on the job, the benefits will cover his or her medical expenses and some portion of his or her lost wages. Under most circumstances, in exchange for taking the benefits, injured workers give up their rights to file a workplace injury lawsuit against their employers.

Social Security Disability fund faces looming crisis

Based on data from last year, roughly 10.9 million people in the United States receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. For many of these people, including some in the Houston area, their reliance on SSD benefits is the result of an injury from a work accident. On the other hand, some people receive SSD benefits because of a disability that arose outside of the workplace, but is severe enough that it prevents them from working.