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What are work credits?

When you apply for Social Security benefits, the Social Security Administration basis part of its decision on how many work credits you have. Work credits, according to the SSA, are something you earn based on the number of hours you work. While the conversion of how much you earn to the number of credits changes, currently, you earn one credit for every $1,360 you earn. You can earn up to four credits per year.

Understanding the symptoms and treatment of head injuries

Head injuries can vary significantly in terms of severity. In extreme circumstances, a head injury could result in a brain injury that causes debilitating side effects including memory loss, reduced motor function and even severe handicap. Less-severe injuries can create short-term risks that must be carefully monitored to prevent further injury. If people suspect that they have received a head injury in Kentucky, it is in their best interest to immediately see their medical provider to ensure that proper treatment and therapy is begun right away. 

Establishing SSI and SSDI medical eligibility

According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the mission of the Disability Determinations Services department is to confirm your medical eligibility for state-run assistance programs such as Family Medicaid, Kentucky Transitional Assistance program and Adult Medicaid. Although the DDS acts on behalf of Social Security Administration, it does not accept applications, nor does it determine the technical eligibility for Kentucky residents. 

Social Security disability benefits for wounded veterans

If you or a loved one is like many returning Tennessee war veterans, life has irrevocably changed since deployment. Permanent physical damage to the body such as brain injuries and loss of the use of one or more limbs are common. At Debra L. Broz Attorneys at Law, PLC, we understand that military benefits may not be enough to cover your living and medical expenses. Military service members can receive Social Security disability in addition to those from the Department of Veterans Affairs to supplement finances.

How can you help someone with a diagnosed mental illness?

Whether you have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with a mental illness in Kentucky, it can be challenging to determine how to continue to be supportive despite the changes in his or her demeanor. Behavioral traits and personality characteristics that may have been normal in the past may now be obsolete and you may be left wondering if the person you love will ever be the same. Fortunately, when you understand how to effectively help someone with a mental illness, you can provide encouragement and stability in his or her journey to healing. 

What evidence do I need to include with my SSD application?

Since your injury, you have been unable to go back to your Kentucky workplace and resume your career, and now it appears that you never will. Bills do not stop coming in when income is lost, but it appears that your disability will be covered by Social Security disability insurance. 

How can you help a wounded veteran?

If you have a family member or friend who has served in the military, you may have been faced with the sometimes-debilitating fear that he or she will be hurt while serving abroad. You may even know someone who has experienced the traumatizing effects of war and is currently trying to adjust to a new normal with mental and emotional challenges or physical disabilities that are the direct result of combat. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to provide support, reassurance and encouragement to veterans in Kentucky who have been wounded and are faced with an uncertain future. 

What are my options for appealing an SSD denial?

Your injury has kept you from returning to your Kentucky workplace, so it seemed as if applying for Social Security disability benefits was the right thing to do. However, now you have received a denial. How will you support yourself if you cannot work? Is this the end of the line?

Can income sources reduce Social Security disability benefits?

When you cannot hold a job in Kentucky because of a disability, you rely on certain income sources to keep you afloat financially. Some of these are independent and not affected by other income sources, but some may be reduced based on the combined total. In the case of Social Security disability benefits, whether the amount is lowered depends on the particular source of income.

Key information about Social Security disability benefits

When people in Kentucky earn income from a job, they pay Social Security taxes. According to FindLaw, if people become disabled, the money that they paid into this system makes them eligible for benefits based on the contributions they made. The more taxes a person paid into the system, the higher the amount of benefits he or she will qualify to receive.

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