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.
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.
Previous posts on this blog have discussed how Social Security disability benefits for injuries can be a critical part of an injured Houston, Texas, worker's plan for covering the unexpected medical expenses and lost wages following a work-related accident.
Those who have never suffered from a "bad back" might not realize how seriously debilitating a back injury can be for a Houston, Texas resident. Although the severity of back injuries vary, the more severe injuries can leave a Houston resident unable to work even in an office environment, that is, of course, assuming the end result of the injury is not paralysis.
A person's inability to work due to a work-related injury, or even an accident injury outside the workplace, may qualify the person for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. When the injury is severe enough that the person will be unable to work for an extended period of time, SSD benefits can help him or her cover medical expenses and other normal living expenses. But what is the typical wait time to secure these benefits?
Workers in Houston can suffer any of a multitude of injuries while on the job. Back injury, for example, is something that can plague workers in just about any industry, from oil and gas to construction or manufacturing. But even people who work white collar jobs could end up with a disabling back injury just from sitting at a desk for long periods on a daily basis.
Many people in the Houston area know what it's like to work in jobs like construction or manufacturing, where they are exposed to certain dangers on a daily basis. Dealing with, or trying to avoid, occupational hazards is a way of life for many workers. Ultimately, however, millions of people end up suffering injuries while on the job. Among these injuries, hearing loss is the most prevalent.
Some people in Houston probably assume that they are unlikely to ever suffer a serious injury that would prevent them from working. But, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), more than 25 percent of people who are 20 years-old today will have a disability before their 67th birthday.
Many people in the Houston area work jobs that are physically demanding. For example, like other parts of Texas, Houston has its share of jobs that are related to the oil and gasoline industry. Also, the growth of the area has meant construction jobs and other work tied to developing and maintaining infrastructure.
People who are injured and cannot work can face a variety of difficult circumstances including dealing with lost wages and medical expenses, as well as the prospects of long-term unemployment. Regardless of whether the person suffered a work-related injury or was injured outside of work, Social Security Disability benefits are designed to help people who are disabled to the point of not being able to work.