While it may seem like the US Government is determined to deny everyone social security disability, the number of claimants has in fact risen over the last few years. That makes the Government’s position tenuous as they have to ensure that there is a balance between paying out for people that need it, and the money that is coming in. In turn, this can have a big effect on the life of the average American if they find themselves unable to work. To find out more read the post below.
Unfortunately, we cannot always predict what will happen to our health. That is why the Social Security Disability (SSD) system is in place because it allows those us that genuinely cannot work because of a physical or mental condition some financial assistance. This, in turn, allows us to pay for the necessities of life such as rent, utilities, and food. Something that ensures we do not end up on the breadline just because of ill health.
Applying for SSD
However, as you can see from the title of the piece, just because you apply for SSD doesn’t mean you will get it. In fact, the odds are currently weighted against you, with almost three-quarters of applicants not being granted SSD.
That means if you are applying you must ensure that your forms and evidence are of top quality. To help you with this you need to consult what is known as the Blue Book, or to give it it’s proper name The Social Security Administration’s Impairment Listing Manual. This document covers the mental and physical conditions such as hearing loss and cystic fibrosis that are acceptable as a reason for applying for SSD.
It can also be incredibly useful to employ the services of professionals like David Chermol that specialize in the legality of social security applications and appeals. This is because they will know the system and judges well, something that can increase the chances of a positive result in your case. Also, they are likely to be up to date on the most recent changes in the system, and this could give your application the edge of the thousands of other are received daily.
What to do if your application is denied
Even with the best help and most careful attention to detail, there is no guarantee that your SSD application will be granted the first time.
Luckily, there is something that you can do in this case, and that is to make a formal appeal. To do this, it is always better to go with a professional that understands the strengths and weakness of your particular disability and need for SSD, rather than take on the case yourself.
It can even be useful to use the same company that helped you with your initial application, as they are up to speed on your case. Something that puts them in a prime position to help you move it forward through this next step, and secure you the financial allowance that you deserve.
Donald Trump has come again under fire after mocking a New York Times reporter with a congenital joint condition during a campaign rally in South Carolina this week.
The incident occurred as the Republican presidential hopeful was defending his recent claim that he had witnessed thousands of Muslims cheering in New Jersey on September 11, 2001, as the World Trade Center collapsed.
The assertion has since been fact-checked and discredited by law enforcement and government officials who were in New Jersey in the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks.
On November 24, Donald Trump berated New York Times investigative reporter Serge Kovaleski for his recent recollection of an article he had written a few days after the attacks.
Donald Trump appeared to mock Serge Kovaleski’s physical condition; the reporter has arthrogryposis, which visibly limits flexibility in his arms.
“Now, the poor guy – you’ve got to see this guy, <<Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!>>” Donald Trump said as he jerked his arms in front of his body.
The gesture was all the more personal because Serge Kovaleski covered Donald Trump while reporting for the New York Daily News between 1987 and 1993, a tumultuous period for the businessman in which he struggled through several financial setbacks.
“The sad part about it is, it didn’t in the slightest bit jar or surprise me that Donald Trump would do something this low-rent, given his track record,” Serge Kovaleski said.
Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to comment on the record about the incident. A campaign official speaking on background said Donald Trump was “not aware of any condition and was not mocking his physical appearance in any way”.
In his speech on November 24, Donald Trump defended his recollection of the Muslim revelers by citing a 2001 article by Serge Kovaleski, who worked for The Washington Post at the time, noting that “authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river”.
Those allegations were never corroborated but have persisted in online rumors in the 14 years since the attacks. In an interview on CNN this week, Serge Kovaleski said he did not recall “anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating”.
Serge Kovaleski’s friends and colleagues took to social media this week to defend him – and excoriate Donald Trump.
The New York Times also issued a sharply worded statement November 25, saying: “We think it’s outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters.”
On the same day, Donald Trump tweeted: “The failing @nytimes should be focused on good reporting and the papers financial survival and not with constant hits on Donald Trump!”
The EU’s highest court has ruled that obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) was asked to consider the case of a male childcare in Denmark who says he was sacked for being too fat.
The court said that if obesity could hinder “full and effective participation” at work then it could count as a disability.
The ruling is binding across the EU.
Judges said that obesity in itself was not a disability – but if a person had a long term impairment because of their obesity, then they would be protected by disability legislation.
The case centers around childcare Karsten Kaltoft who weighs about 320 lbs.
He brought a discrimination case against his employers of 15 years, Billund local authority, after he was sacked.
The authority said a fall in the number of children meant Karsten Kaltoft was no longer required.
Howerver, Karsten Kaltoft said he was dismissed because he was overweight.
The Danish courts asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify whether obesity was a disability.
The ECJ ruled: “The Court finds that if, under given circumstances, the obesity of the worker entails a limitation which results in particular from physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of that person in professional life on an equal basis with other workers, and the limitation is a long-term one, such obesity can fall within the concept of ‘disability’ within the meaning of the directive.”
Rulings from the ECJ are binding for all EU member nations.
The courts in Denmark will now have to assess Karsten Kaltoft’s weight to see if his case can be classed as a disability.
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