Our nation seems to be slowly recognizing the importance of mental health. While public awareness programs and increased treatment options go a long way toward ensuring that those in need are able to access the treatment they deserve, the truth of the matter is that many individuals are so severely affected by their mental condition that they are unable to live a normal life. In addition to being unable to carry out day-to-day functions and social activities, many of those suffering from mental health conditions are rendered unable to work.
Many first-time Social Security disability claimants are surprised by the number of claims that are initially denied. This can leave them concerned about their own claim, as well as their financial future, as they may be unable to work on account of their condition. However, by understanding disability law and how to use it to one's advantage, an individual stands a better chance at succeeding on his or her claim and recovering the benefits he or she needs.
Generally speaking, before the Social Security Administration will grant disability benefits, a claimant must show that he or she sought treatment for the condition and that treatment was ineffective. Of course, each medical condition is different, meaning that the requisite course of treatment prior to SSD benefits being awarded can vary significantly. However, knowing about this aspect of the SSD claims process is crucial, as far too many disabled individuals find their initial claim denied because they failed to satisfactorily show that they sought out appropriate treatment.
Many New Yorkers take their safety for granted. However, many of us find ourselves in danger as an everyday part of our lives. This is especially true for construction workers. These men and women may perform their job duties in close proximity to machinery that can pinch and crush them, or they may be struck by passing traffic that fails to slow down or move over to provide the room to work. The hazardous situations these workers can face are almost limitless, which is why strict safety regulations are in place.