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May 2017 Archives

Do disability benefits cover depression?

Many people in Houston, Texas, even if they have a hard time admitting it, suffer from depression. Far from simply being a bad day or a bad week, depression can paralyze people's ability to work or even do daily life activities for weeks or even months.

Symptoms and causes of a herniated disc

One of the most common causes of back injuries is a herniated disc, which is different from a "hernia." Although this type of back injury is common, it can also lead to a great deal of pain and discomfort and, in the worst cases, be debilitating.

Proposal would limit federal garnishment of disability checks

Although most creditors cannot garnish the Social Security Disability checks in order to collect a debt, the federal government is an important exception to this rule. Not surprisingly, many people in the Houston area owe money for things like back taxes and, perhaps more commonly, federally backed student loans.

Sometimes it may be hard to pinpoint an injury, but we can help

Working residents of Houston, Texas, and especially those who are in jobs that require intensive physical labor, are prone to work-related injuries. Moreover, anyone in the Houston area can get hurt doing just about any life activity, as nothing is perfectly safe. While one can only hope that someone else will be held financially responsible for the ensuing medical bills and inability to work, such is not always the case.

Post-traumatic stress may qualify you for Social Security

There are myriad ways in which a person can develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is common among military veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders. It is also common in other lines of work. A factory worker could witness a machine malfunction that kills someone or an accident involving dismemberment. A professional truck driver might develop the condition after being in an accident where the passengers in the other vehicle suffered serious injuries. People also develop it because of assaults, violent attacks and accidents.