Man suffering from workplace injury finally awarded disability benefits

Being disabled can put extreme limitations on what a person can do when it comes to earning a living. Workers who are injured on the job and are no longer able to work make up a substantial portion of people who claim disability in Missouri. In addition to state workers’ compensation benefits, injured workers may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits to help them pay for their medical expenses and cost of living. However, being approved for SSDI benefits is not an easy process.

One man was fully aware of the hardships involved in applying for Social Security Disability benefits for workplace injuries. After he lost faith in the system, he received help from an unlikely source, a Nevada congresswoman.

The man, who had worked for years repairing air conditioning systems on private yachts, was unable to work after a spinal cord injury he received on the job left him with severe impairment. The congresswoman was finally able to get his disability application approved after. He promptly received a check totaling more than $53,000 for retroactive benefits and now receives $1,900 monthly from the Social Security Administration.

The 45-year-old man was at risk of losing his home after years of collecting food stamps and finding other small ways to pay for his bills, including recycling cans. With no medical insurance and out of work, he was unable to pay for his mounting medical expenses. He had applied several times for Social Security disability services but was denied on multiple occasions.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be extremely difficult. One small flaw in the application process may lead to essential benefits being denied. Help from a professional attorney may ensure that the application is filled out correctly, maximizing your chances for getting approved for SSDI benefits.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, “Amid gridlock, Nev. Officials focus on constituents,” Laura Meyers, Apr.5, 2014.

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