Although readers of this Social Security disability blog have read recent stories about traumatic brain injury, they may be surprised to learn that one potential condition arising from repeated brain trauma -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- may not be possible to diagnose while an individual is alive.
Georgia sports fans may be familiar with the expression of walking off an injury. Professional athletes often embody this advice on the field, attempting to keep moving and “shake off” painful jolts or bruises. Although immediate movement is not advised after sustaining certain injuries, such as those to the skeletal system or spine, soft tissue bruising may be minimized by this advice.
For many office workers in Augusta and throughout Georgia, the strains of daily computer work might take a toll. Although knowledge of ergonomic practices has increased, fatigue can sabotage even the most knowledgeable workers, and bad habits might resurface precisely at those moments when office workers are at their most vulnerable.
A recent breakthrough in retinal therapy may offer hope to disabled workers in Georgia with an inherited vision disorder or impairment.
According to one study, more than 200,000 kids in the U.S. public school system have some sort of orthopedic disability.
Georgia readers who are fans of fiddle-playing country music performer and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels may be adding his latest album to their holiday gift wish list. The album, a Christmas project entitled "Hallelujah It's Christmas Time Again," contains holiday-themed tunes styled with the artist's usual mixed style of rock, country, bluegrass, blues and gospel.
Within Georgia and across the country there is a growing awareness of the complexity of brain injuries. From the former NFL players' lawsuits against the League to the effects concussions have on veterans, more people in Augusta are considering what changes a brain injury can cause on a person. For some people living with traumatic brain injuries, the damage is so severe that they are no longer able to work, making them eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration, one in four 20-somethings will become disabled before they reach the age of 67. These people, in Georgia and throughout the country, will need some form of monetary assistance to help them pay for basic needs. These payments will likely come from either the Social Security disability program or a private long-term insurance plan.
Many Augusta residents know that Social Security disability benefits can be a lifeline for those who can no longer work to earn an income. The payments assist injured or ill workers with basic needs, including food and rent. The SSDI payments can also help with the high medical costs associated with some diseases and injuries.
Georgia residents suffering from serious injury or illness often find themselves unable to work, and maybe even unable to travel far outside their home. Fortunately, Social Security Disability is available to help those with a disability to pay their bills and for assorted living expenses. Going without SSD too often means an inability to provide for oneself. However, for readers in the Augusta area, it may be no surprise by now that the wait time between applying for SSD benefits and receiving them can be extremely long, even as much as 800 days.