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Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits If I Am Receiving Workers’ Comp in Illinois?

Social Security Disability Attorney Workplace accidents remain a serious issue in Illinois. Depending on the severity of the accident, a worked-related injury could keep an employee off the job for months, years, or even permanently. Injured workers are protected, in part, by the state’s workers’ compensation insurance system.

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Disability makes finding work much harder

Those who suffer from a disability have a harder time finding work than those who do not, according to a recent Labor Department report. About 12 percent of Americans who are 16 and older have a disability, but this group only accounts for 3 percent of those who have a job in the U.S. It’s not hard to imagine why the number of applicants filing for Social Security Disability has been on the rise over the years.

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What to know before applying for Social Security disabilities

Whether people want to think about it or not, disability is a very real threat. Elliot Raphaelson of the Tribune said the Social Security Administration reported that one quarter of current 20 year olds will be disabled by the age of 67. It is imperative for people of all ages to know what are considered disability qualifying benefits and figure out how they can apply with the Social Security Administration when they need to.

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Depression in elderly linked to increased dementia risks, cognitive impairment

Depression is never an easy Social Security disability case to prove, as there needs to be a lot of medical records and proof lined up that the disease is truly affecting someone’s work life, but a recent study may give some more weight to this disorder. Dr. Edo Richard of the University of Amsterdam and colleagues recently found that depression in the elderly may be associated with an increased risk of dementia and prevalent mild cognitive impairment.

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Lawsuit filed for in-house nursing funding

According to Courthouse News, a class action lawsuit have been filed in Illinois in response to drastic cuts of in-home nursing for disabled people once they turn 21 years of age. The lead plaintiff of the class action suit, Don Harris, sued director of the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services Julie Hamos in federal court. Those affected by these cuts with disability qualifying conditions should consider filing with the Social Security Administration.

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VA cuts benefits for service dogs

Although many veterans of the United States military may be in need of service dogs due to the effects of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD,  ABC news reports that according to the Federal Register, these veterans benefits are being cut. The Department of Veterans Affairs told the news source that there is not enough medical evidence to support the need for these dogs. This new rule will start October 5, according to ABC News

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