Social Security disability is an important resource for disabled individuals to be aware of and is not simply limited to individuals who have been injured at work. In general, Social Security disability benefits may be available to disabled individuals who have the necessary work history to qualify and are prevented from working due to their disability. Suffering from a disability, and being unable to work and support themselves, can be exceptionally challenging for disabled individuals.
Construction workers have protections available to them when injured on a job site that is not safe. A construction accident in a neighboring borough resulted in 3 construction workers being seriously injured and having to be rescued. The construction workers were trapped when the upper portion of a construction project they were working on collapsed, causing the roof to collapse. The construction workers were trapped in the basement of the house they were working on following the construction accident.
Disabled individuals suffering from disease such as lupus may soon encounter additional application-related challenges when applying for important Social Security disability benefits. Currently, 45 percent of disabled individuals obtain Social Security disability benefits when they first apply. In addition, the waiting period for a hearing, which is one of the steps in the appeals process, is 600 days on average. There are presently greater than 100 million individuals waiting for a hearing.
Many New York office workers do not realize that workers’ compensation does not just provide protections for people who work in dangerous occupations. Employers in any industry must carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the costs associated with workplace injuries, including those that occur in office environments.
Workers' compensation benefits are available to protect workers and families impacted by a workplace accident. A Middletown native recently fell to his death in a construction accident in New York City. The fall at the New York City construction site claimed the life of 62-year old victim who was well known as a drummer over several decades. The worker fell 10 stories to his death when the platform he was working on collapsed beneath him. The victim was working 16 stories up at the time of the construction accident and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after landing on the sixth floor of the building.
Injured workers and other individuals suffering from a disability may be able to claim Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits which can help them with some of their everyday costs and expenses when they are unable to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a list of medical impairments that qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If the disabled individual suffers from a medical condition that is not on the list, they may still qualify for benefits based on other guidelines used to establish their disabling medical condition.
Many people believe they automatically qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits because they have taxes taken out of their paychecks and are unable to work. The eligibility requirements for SSDI are much more complex than that. Anyone who is considering filing a claim to receive SSDI should first understand the following criteria.