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Early therapy doesn't improve pain-related back disability

We all suffer from aches and pains from time to time. Maybe you ran a half marathon, spent a day doing yard work or had to shovel the driveway. Whether it is because of doing housework, work or a leisure activity, when an individual suffers from back pain, it can cause major impacts to one's health. In some cases, the pain can be so severe that it can be disabling, making it difficult to leave the house or hold down a job.

In order to address serious, debilitating back pain, individuals must undergo medical treatment. For some this means seeking therapy. In order to gain a better perspective on this, a study was conducted on the reduction of back pain-related disability. Researchers focused on physical therapy, understanding whether early treatment versus usual care improved disability.

Factors to consider when applying for SSD benefits

When individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere enter the work world, they likely see Social Security taxes being taken out of their check. The idea is that by paying into the program, the program will be there for you when you need it. Take for example a disabling injury or illness. No one expect to experience such an event. However, individuals throughout the nation are met with this fate. While many are able to adapt and accommodate their life to live with a disability, others find it challenging and nearly impossible to live the life they once did. In some cases, one is no longer able to work because of a disability. This is where Social Security could be very beneficial.

Applying for Social Security Disability might seem like an obvious choice and clear answer. However, there are some factors to think about before taking the plunge and applying for benefits. To begin, it is vital to understand what the SSA uses to determine eligibility for SSD benefits. Three key factors are used to assess eligibility. First, whether there is a lasting medical condition that is so severe that it prevents you from working. Second, the medical condition must have lasted or is expected to last for 12 months or result in death. Finally, an applicant must have worked enough in order to qualify for SSDI.

What is the compassionate allowance program?

We all get ill from time to time. This usually means taking time to rest, get prescriptions if needed and using over the counter and home remedies. With time, we tend to be as good as new. This is the case with lesser ailments. However, this is not the case for more serious health conditions. When a person is diagnosed with a serious illness, this likely causes a shock in their life. In some cases, the illness can impede a person's ability to live their normal life, leave them unable to care for him or herself, leave the house or hold down a job.

In these cases, one is likely to face financial hardships. No matter his or her age or how much one has saved up, it is likely challenging to make ends meet. For individuals suffering from serious illness that are likely to shorten his or her life significantly, there are programs designed to provide financial assistance to them. The Social Security Administration started the compassionate allowance program as a means to provide assistance to those living with a terminal illness and other serious conditions.

Obtaining a better understanding on disabling mental conditions

As previously discussed, not all disabilities are apparent to the naked eye. Some individuals suffer much more quietly. However, this does not make them any less disabled. Mental conditions can make it difficult to carry out cognitive tasks, relate to others, complete daily tasks, care for oneself and even hold down a job. In some cases, a mental condition can become so severe that one finds it impossible to leave his or her house. And while it might not look like much is going on from the outside, these individuals could be suffering tremendously on the inside.

Because our understanding of the brain only goes so far, our knowledge of mental health issues is sometimes bounded by these understandings. A mental condition can look vastly different from one person to the next, thereby causing cultural confusions when it comes to whether a mental condition is in fact disabling.

Chronic pain conditions are reason to seek disablity benefits

When a person is unable to work due to a disabling medical condition or injury, it can leave that person and his or her family in a precarious financial situation. If you find yourself unable to work because of severe and permanent injuries or you have a serious illness, there are options available to you. 

One specific medical condition that could impact your ability to hold gainful employment in New Jersey is fibromyalgia. This is a chronic pain disorder, and while you may not be able to see outward evidence of this condition, it can seriously impact your life in many ways. Often, people with this illness are not able to continue with their jobs or enter the workforce.

Helping you secure SSD benefits for mental conditions

While it is the physical impairments that come to mind when we think about disabilities, there are many disabilities that impact individuals mentally. Those living with a mental disorder may not know initially that it is a mental disorder from which they are suffering. Individuals in New Jersey and elsewhere attempt to live with a mental impairment, not knowing what it is and whether it can be treated. For some, the mental disorder, diagnosed or not, can become debilitating. This is when individuals might seek options to help them live their life when his or her disability is preventing them from doing so.

Mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder can impact individuals significantly. These mental disorders make it challenging to have relationships, carry out daily tasks and even go to work. When these mental disorders become so significant that it is impossible to lead a normal life, this is where Social Security disability could help out.

Can you recover SSD benefits following a brain injury?

Much like one does not expect to suffer great harms in an accident, one also does not expect to be unable to work because of this serious injury. Unfortunately, however, tragic accidents can happen. People are suddenly and shockingly disabled by a severe injury, such as trauma to the head. Such an injury not only impacts a person cognitively, but a brain injury could also impact a person's ability to move his or her body or control their reflexes.

With regards to Social Security disability, one is able to apply for these benefits after suffering from a TBI. In order to obtain these benefits, one must apply for SSD benefits, providing documentation that proves that he or she meets the definition of this disability.

Appealing an SSD denial

Life tends to present us challenges. In most cases, we can overcome them. However, some challenges require assistance to overcome them. Take, for example, disabilities. While some individuals living with a disability can lead a normal life, others are not only unable to care for themselves but also cannot work because of a disability. In these matters, applying for Social Security disability might be a necessary step to take.

The main concern applicants have when they apply for SSD benefits is being denied. It is well known that there is a long wait to appeal a denied decision. Therefore, many applicants are apprehensive about even entering this process. Nonetheless, the appeals process can be a very valuable step to take, as it often results in individuals obtaining the benefits that they seek.

Addressing the growing SSDI backlog

It is not easy to start the Social Security disability application process. While these benefits might be necessary, it can be overwhelming to compile all this information. Even when an applicant believes and is confident that they can evidence that they have an eligible disability, it is possible to still be denied benefits. Missing information, incomplete information and gaps in an application can cause it to be a lengthy process to recover disability benefits. In some cases, this means going through the appeals process, which is even more overwhelming that the initial application process.

According to recent reports, the U.S. Senate is considering a formal nomination for the Social Security commissioner position. While this is long overdue, this delay does not compare to the wait millions of Americans have to endure while they wait for an appeals hearing. The Trump administration nominated Andrew M. Saul. However, during his confirmation process, many believe he should be questioned directly on how he plans to tackle the current 600-day SSDI backlog.

Determining SSDI eligibility can be challenging

Knowing that you are under the legal age of retirement but are unable to work due to injury or illness may cause you to worry about your future, especially if you happen to be the sole breadwinner in your family. The U.S. government understands the need to help workers who are no longer able to carry out their duties or earn income because of physical or mental disability. The Social Security Disability Insurance program works to provide benefits to sick or injured workers who satisfy qualification requirements. 

You may be less-severely disabled and able to take care of most of your personal daily needs, such as feeding yourself, performing basic hygiene functions and even moving around from one place to another. On the other hand, you may be one of many New Jersey residents who need an in-home nurse or other living assistance support system to get through an average day. Either way, if you meet eligibility requirements, you may be able to collect benefits to help make ends meet when you are unable to work. 

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