Under the social security administration's definition, there is a wide array of conditions of varying degrees currently listed as qualifying as mood disorders. In recent years, the number of individuals across the country and in states like Pennsylvania who are diagnosed as suffering from some sort of mood disorder that receive disability benefits has grown significantly.
New research from the University of Sydney has increased awareness and concern regarding the physical effects of long hours on the job for office workers. According to the results of the study, some of the new techniques used by many employees in offices to combat these painful symptoms are not as successful as they might imagine.
While injuries on the job may seem relatively common, in some rare and terrible circumstances, the injuries sustained are so severe that they result in the death of the worker. At times, these accidents may have been preventable, if proper care and safety measures had been taken by the employer.
As baby boomers age and enter into retirement, there is growing concern among many economists and every day Americans alike related to the funding of Social Security. In an effort to try to control costs while maintaining certain governmental programs, advocacy groups are trying to determine ways to cut costs. One program that is coming under increased scrutiny is Social Security Disability Insurance.
Military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are exposed to many dangers of varying degree every day. While one may expect dangers related to hostile actions by enemy combatants, those related to environmental concerns often receive less attention. As of Aug. 11, however, military personnel exposed to harmful materials found in burn pits have been added to the "compassionate allowances" list to expedite the approval process for Social Security disability benefits.
Recently, OSHA announced the citation of Insinger Machine Company for violating safety guidelines and exposing workers to serious safety and health hazards at the company's Philadelphia location. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration started an investigation into the company in February of 2012 as a part of the agency's Site Specific Targeting Program. The program looks at companies with the highest rates of illness or injury.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has been called in to investigate a dangerous accident that took place in a manufacturing plant last month.
Individuals found to be suffering from Parkinson's disease often experience symptoms of varying severity. A neurological disease, those impacted may be unable to stand, walk or perform tasks that require a degree of manual dexterity. Individuals suffering from Parkinson's disease may be unable to work and qualify for social security disability benefits.
An example of the importance and necessity of unions in the U.S. was recently displayed in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where public workers' salaries were temporarily cut to minimum wage last month.
When thinking about retirement savings, most would agree an individual with a savings of only $2,000 is in trouble. For disabled individuals receiving Social Security Disability benefits, $2,000 is the maximum amount of retirement funds they are allowed to ensure the continuation of Supplemental Security Income benefits. A new bill being proposed in Congress, however, may increase this amount.