Who is actually unfit to work? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 4

Having anxiety and depression disorder can be challenging to work. It can have a major impact on your and in the workplace. A lot of people turn down job opportunities because they cannot be around others, travel, public speaking, do not attend office parties nor lunches, meet with colleagues or unable to cope. Also, a lot of people are unable to work to back pain. They have trouble walking, standing, bending, sitting, lifting, and etc. that causes them unable to work.

Having anxiety and depression disorder can be challenging to work. It can have a major impact on your and in the workplace. A lot of people turn down job opportunities because they cannot be around others, travel, public speaking, do not attend office parties nor lunches, meet with colleagues or unable to cope. Also, a lot of people are unable to work to back pain. They have trouble walking, standing, bending, sitting, lifting, and etc. that causes them unable to work.

This is how Dr. Timberlake make a judgement call if you have a back problem and a college degree then you are not disabled. Without a college degree then you are disabled.

Dr. Timberlake said he has listened to a story about back pain means they can no longer work or a shoulder injury cause them to be out of a job over and over again. Then he would ask them can you get a job that does not require lifting things on a job where you do not have to use your shoulder and sit down to work? After Dr. Timberlake said his patients would look at him like he was asking them to consider becoming an astronaut.

Dr. Timberlake met a woman name Ethel Thomas who is on Social Security Disability for back pain caused by after working many years at a fish plant then working as a nurse’s aide. Then he asked her what is your dream job, and she responded working at the Social Security Office to weed out the cheaters through the disability applications process. But that was not the case because she wanted the job because it is the only job that would allow her to sit all day.

Dr. Timberlake found it hard to believe, but then he started looking around the town and there was a fish plant, truck repair shop, and three McDonald’s. Dr. Timberlake looked at a list of job openings for three McDonald’s, KFC, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, and Truck Driver (heavy lifting) in Hale County, Alabama.

Dr. Timberlake, personally he thinks it may be impossible for Ethel to get a job that would accommodate her back pain.

Here is a story people hear about all the time these days that does not have anything to do with a disability is Local Mill Shuts Down or a Factory closed.

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Who is actually unfit to work Due to Back Pain? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 3

Many Americans have anxiety disorder suffer from irritability, numerousness, concentrating, and problems with sleeping that cause you unable to work Also, depression symptoms are Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed, Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood, Restlessness, irritability, Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts, Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain, Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping, Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex, Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling "slowed down, and Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions that may cause you unable to work.

Many Americans have anxiety disorder suffer from irritability, numerousness, concentrating, and problems with sleeping that cause you unable to work Also, depression symptoms are Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed, Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood, Restlessness, irritability, Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts, Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain, Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping, Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex, Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down, and Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions that may cause you unable to work.

in Hale County, Alabam who told him their back pain keep them up at night which made it hard for them to stand up on the job.  The women informed him they really cried to try to work and one woman said it was too painful to go to work every day

Chana Joffe-Walt said it does not appear the woman was faking the pain, but it is confusing.  For example, Chana Joffe-Walt suffer from back pain and his editor suffer from a herniated disc but he works harder than anyone else.  On the other hand, perhaps millions of people who suffer from asthma and diabetes who work every day.  Who decide if you have back pain then that makes you disabled?

All the federal government is concerned about is if you are disabled with a medical condition makes it impossible for you to work.  The judgment call are made in doctors’ offices and courtrooms around the county.  Many health problems are mental illness and back pain are the fastest growing and causes off disability.

There was one guy in Hale County, Alabama every story were about becoming disabled: Dr. Perry Timberlake, Chana Joffe-Walt started thinking the reason why so many people in Hale County are on Social Security Disability.  Chana Joffe-Walt thinks there is some kind of disability scam, referring tons of people in the Social Security Disability program.

Chana Joffe-Walt was sitting in the clinic waiting room several mornings in a row, and that’s when he met Dr. Timberlake and discover there is nothing wrong about him.  Dr. Timberlake is practicing in a very poor place and people come into his office and complained about their pain.

Now that we have talk about pain and what it is like, Dr. Timberlake always ask his patients what grade did they finished?  Dr. Timberlake said asking patients what grade did they finish is not a medically questions to ask.  However, Dr. Timberlake said the education questions is very important information in disability cases because people who only have a high school education most likely cannot get a sit-down job.

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Who is actually unfit to work? Disability is on the rise in America: Part 2

There is not some common magical line that divides a person health condition/disability as one of the other causing someone to can be fit or unfit to work. All jobs requires many types of physical abilities, skills, intellectual abilities, emotional and or personality attributes, levels of physical mental levels of energy concentration, and mental abilities. Also, jobs require a compete host of a wide variety of different skills, abilities, time, effort, availability, and capabilities etc. Not all jobs are available in all parts of the country, nor flexible to a person needs, that required of the excessive of differences.

There is not some common magical line that divides a person health condition/disability as one of the other causing someone to can be fit or unfit to work. All jobs requires many types of physical abilities, skills, intellectual abilities, emotional and or personality attributes, levels of physical mental levels of energy concentration, and mental abilities. Also, jobs require a compete host of a wide variety of different skills, abilities, time, effort, availability, and capabilities etc. Not all jobs are available in all parts of the country, nor flexible to a person needs, that required of the excessive of differences.

Who is actually unfit to work?Disability is on the rise in America:  Part 2

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When government checks come in every month, banks in Hale County, Alabama stay open late and Main Street there are nothing but cars waiting to unload an old arm chair or TV to have a yard sale.

Chana Joffe-Walt met Sonny Ryan who is a retired judge in Hale County, Alabama did not hear Social Security Disability cases in his courtroomJudge Sonny Ryan remember a man who was on disability and looked really healthy.  Then the Judge Sonny Ryan ask the man from his bench what is your disability?  The man replied I have high blood pressure and diabetes and Judge Sonny Ryan responded so do I.

Judge Sonny Ryan said there is no diagnosis called disability.  You cannot go to the doctor to run the test and the doctor informs you it looks like you have a disability.  It is hard enough to end up with one person with high blood pressure who is categorized as disabled and another is not.

Chana Joffe-Walt talked to a lot of people in Hale County, Alabama who were on Social Security Disability.  They said sometimes the disability seem to be clear.

Chana Joffe-Walt said when he had his accident in his 1990 Jeep Cherokee Laredo, Diane Mitchell he met in the coffee shop told him about the car accident.  Dane Mitchell said to Chana Joffe-Walt you flipped your jeep on both sides, and flew about 165 feet from the jeep and went through 12 to 14,000 volts of electric lines.  Chana Joffe-Walt said after he landed into a briar patch, he broken all of the toes on his right foot, breaking his right rib, seven of his vertebrae, shattering one, cracked his neck, and had a punctured lung.

The stories Chana Joffe-Walt was told it seemed unclear.  He sat with many women in……….

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Social Security Benefits for Adult Children with Severe Disabilities: Part 3

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Income Resources:  In order to be eligible for Supplemental Security Income your child’s things they own and resources cannot exceed over $2,000.00.  Things like land, cash, bonds and stocks etc., or any money use to buy for his or her food and shelter.  If your adult child lives in the same home as you, it will not be counted against him or her as a resource.

How much can my adult child get from SSI?

Your adult child will receive $733.00 per month if approved and some states will provide an additional supplemental to SSI recipients.  However, if your child has an income that benefit amount will be different between countable income and the Federal benefit rate (FBR).  Below is an example.

For Example

Jane Doe is a 34 year-old woman who suffered a really bad stroke that left her badly disabled when she was at the age of 22.  Jane Doe lives with her parents who provide food and medical bills that are not covered by their healthcare insurance companyUnfortunately, Jane does not receive cash payments from her parents, and SSA will consider the value of shelter and food that is given to her as in-kind income.  However, SSA will rule in-kind income will be reduced to the maximum SSI benefit amount that a person will be entitled to 1/3 if you adult child is living with you or someone else and not contributing financially for shelter and foodIf Jane does not have another income for money to pay towards her medical bills will not be counted.  Jane federal monthly benefit income will be $496.34 after $236.66 subtract from $733.00.  Jane live in the state of Washington, that will provide $46.00 state supplement to Supplement Security Income recipients who live with someone else household beside their parents’ house, then Jane will receive a total SSI payment of $542.34 ($496.34 plus $46.00. 

Where does my child apply for benefits?

Your adult child can start an application online on the SSA’s websiteHowever, your adult child can be eligible for SSDI depends on his or her own work record Also, you can make an appointment with your local Social Security office to see if your adult child will be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Disability to see which one to apply for.  Please call your SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find your local Social Security Office or you can visit the SSA’s website to look an office by your zip code.

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Social Security Benefits for Adult Children with Severe Disabilities: Part 2

Your child may be eligible for disability benefits through either social security disability.

Your child may be eligible for disability benefits through either social security disability.

What does protected marriage means?

Now if your adult child is in a “protected” marriage, then he or she may still be eligible for benefits based on your record.  Protected marriages means are between two people who are eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits.

What happens if my child has worked?

However, if you’re adult child was disabled before the age of 22 years old and meet all of SSDI requirements it does not matter if your child never had a job.  If your adult child worked for a number of years then he or she may able to get a higher benefit based on earnings record as long as other requirement and guidelines are met.  Make sure you call SSA to discuss this with them.

How much will my child’s benefit amount be?

They can receive up to 50% of the parent’s benefits amount it depends on if other family members are receiving benefits based on their parent’s work record.

How can My Adult Child be eligible for SSI?

SSI is mean for a test benefit income for disable people who must have limited resources and income.  However, your adult disabled child must qualify for SSI and he or she meets the SSA’s guidelines for not getting disability benefits through their Social Security record, assets and income limits.

What are the Supplemental Security Income’s assets and income limits?

Income:  Your adult child should be found disabled, and accountable income that cannot be more than federal benefit rate of $733.00 for a single person.  Also, the accountable income can be used to pay for shelter and food when you adult child can be counted for toward his or her monthly income.

Below are some sources of money, the Social Security Administration will not consider when deciding your adult child’s countable income, for instance?

  • The first $20.00 dollars of any source of money will be called the general exclusion 
  • And the first sixty five dollars he or she earns from working will be plus half of what is leftover 
  • A number of food stamps he or she will receive
  • The small amounts of money your adult child receives every now and then; and
  • Also medical bills you have to pay for your adult child

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