The prognosis for serious illnesses can change dramatically over time as research and technology improve. What may be a disabling, life-threatening condition today could ultimately be treatable in the near future with ongoing studies and research.
When a worker becomes disabled, they need financial help, and since most lack private disability insurance, it means they must turn to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) program to help keep a roof over their heads and food on their table. The application and approval process can be complex and confusing, but there are some things that you can do to improve your chances of your claim being approved.
Social Security Disability (SSD) is essential. The current SSD program is not replicated by anything provided by any other public or private entity. Many of those on the program suffer from conditions that are progressive in their disabling effects. This means that most of those who are approved for benefits will never become healthy enough to return to work.
With the topic of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), it is easy to become wrapped up in the global policy issues the program faces. The size of the program is immense, and the administrative operations are equally immense. Hundreds of thousands of applications must be processed every year and the Social Security Administration (SSA) must manage billions of dollars in disability payments.
Whether because of their job, their study habits or their television preferences, many people would likely classify themselves as "night owls," meaning their sleeping patterns are such that they often go to bed late.
We all know that there are some activities that have a higher risk of leading to a serious or fatal illness than others. We know that being around asbestos can lead to mesothelioma and that too much UV exposure can lead to skin cancer. But what about washing your hands? Could such a common behavior actually result in a potentially debilitating disease?
Cancer is perhaps one of the most difficult diagnoses a person can get from a doctor. That's because your life expectancy depends heavily on the type of cancer you have and when the disease was caught. Then there is the frustration element of having to go through weeks and sometimes months of treatments.
As frequent readers of our blog are well aware, we like to highlight particular diseases and conditions on our blog that are not only common among our readers but can be debilitating as well. One such disease is multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease we emphasized in an article we wrote a few years ago.
As some of our readers may not know, in 1969, the federal government established the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act. Designed to provide benefits to coal miners who had become disabled because of black lung disease, also known as pneumoconiosis, the benefits program was only supposed to be temporary, relying on each state to bolster its own workers' compensation programs to accommodate black lung cases.
Most people across the nation, including many here in Missouri, have heard of insomnia. It's a common enough condition that most people consider to be relatively benign and more or less treatable in most cases. But for people with Fatal Familial Insomnia, the term benign couldn't be further from the truth, which is likely why the Social Security Administration has this condition listed as a Compassionate Allowance.