Disabled Americans often face many hurdles in life. Whether deemed as disabled due to a physical, mental or emotional disorder; finding adequate employment is often an issue with which many disabled individuals must contend. One federal office recently announced new regulations making it easier for disabled individuals to gain employment.
For millions of Americans who are living with a disability, daily life is often consumed by worry. In many cases disabled individuals are unable to work or work full-time. A meager monthly income combined with worries over how to pay medical bills as well as provide for necessities such as food and housing are often the sad reality for many disabled Americans.
Pennsylvania State Police and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a man who was an employee of Plum Corp., which manufactures roofing and siding. The western Pennsylvania man was killed in an on-the-job accident in early February. The hope is that details regarding the cause of the accident will emerge as the man's family continues to grieve.The factory accident occurred when the 60-year-old employee was using a 15-ton overhead crane to move a metal coil that weighed 10,000 pounds. In the process of moving the coil, another smaller coil slipped out of position, hit the victim and pinned him against a stack of metal coils. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of chest injuries. Officials have determined that the victim's death was accidental.
They were told that their work sifting through sand looking for lead bullets was perfectly safe. When they became ill with lead poisoning and filed for workers' compensation, they were fired. That is what nine former employees of a gun range are saying in a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.
Imagine having to make the decision of whether to pay rent or buy groceries. This impossible decision between two basic necessities is one that many disabled adults face each month. Information recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that roughly one-third of all disabled adults has difficulty providing adequate food for their household.
Back on Jan. 4, we told our Philadelphia readers about a work accident that amputated a man's arm. Despite the gruesome injury, surgeons were able to keep the arm alive long enough to reattach it. In a new case, a firefighter outside of Pennsylvania also suffered a partially amputated arm in a work injury on Jan. 30. Surgeons reattached the arm and are hopeful that the firefighter will regain use of the limb.
A new report that appears in the journal Neurology states that the number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's could triple by the year 2050. Early onset Alzheimer's was recently added to the Social Security's list of compassionate allowances meaning those individuals diagnosed as having early onset Alzheimer's are now eligible to receive social security disability benefits.
A significant number of Philadelphia residents who receive workers' compensation benefits due to a work injury or illness do not get a traditional check in the mail, but instead use a debit card issued by the state. The program, in which funds are electronically deposited so that recipients can spend them using a debit card, is becoming popular in Pennsylvania. It is estimated that around 40 percent of residents who receive workers' compensation or unemployment benefits use one of the debit cards.