For many disabled adults and children, social security disability benefits provide a much-needed source of income. As the stigma associated with certain physical and mental disabilities dissipates, some disability advocates have called for changes in the language of how disabled individuals are described and addressed.
For individuals who suffer from some sort of disability, life can be challenging. Oftentimes, their conditions or illnesses prevent these individuals from being able to work. Thankfully, the majority of individuals who are disabled qualify under the terms established by the Social Security Administration and thereby are able to receive social security disability benefits. The process of applying for and keeping disability benefits, however, can be confusing and frustrating.
People in Philadelphia who work in fields with a high risk of serious injury may be encouraged by new government data that shows that the rate of fatal workplace injury may be dropping in Pennsylvania. The number of on-the-job fatalities in the state went down about 16 percent from 2011 over 2010, which closely matched the trend across the U.S. during that time period.
When the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates a workplace in the Philadelphia area, typically matters involving safety equipment and the facility itself are in question. However, one recent OSHA investigation was quite different. This time OSHA was looking into violence prevention efforts to protect employees at a psychiatric clinic in western Pennsylvania.
Multiple sclerosis is medically classified as an autoimmune disease. Individuals stricken with MS are often subject to a variety of adverse health side effects including stiffness, loss of coordination and movement, blurred vision and problems with incontinence. Oftentimes, due to the varied and unpredictable side effects of the disease, individuals who suffer from MS are unable to work and many qualify for social security disability benefits.
Most New York residents are likely tired of hearing about the dreaded "fiscal cliff". While thankfully republicans and democrats were able to come to an agreement related to tax hikes, they failed to reach a consensus on several other important matters that may greatly impact individuals living with disabilities.
Construction workers in Philadelphia know that the tall metal cranes that are used on projects involving large buildings sometimes fall down, potentially causing serious injuries to the workers below. That is what happened in an incident in another state on Jan. 9 that injured seven construction workers, including three who were buried under rubble caused by the crane collapse.
Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding experiences an individual can hope to have. It also, however, can be extremely difficult and stressful. While parents of healthy and able-bodied children often report to feeling tired and stressed, parents of children with physical or developmental disabilities experience these feelings with far greater frequency.
Some potential workplace injuries people in Philadelphia can suffer cause permanent disability, possibly impacting their ability to work again. One of the most serious types of work injuries you can sustain is an amputation of a limb. Losing an arm or a leg is potentially fatal, and when the injured worker does survive, it may be impossible to reattach the limb.