When a Pennsylvania resident is faced with a disability that causes them to be unable to work, they can be met with many difficulties. Not being able to generate an income can cause an individual to be unable to meet their basic needs. Luckily, programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can help individuals who qualify. However, there is a concern that some parties who are receiving SSDI benefits may not necessarily need them.
Pennsylvania coal miners know that two miners in Colorado were pronounced dead after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning on Nov. 17. The two deceased workers were identified. One was 34 years old, and the other was 59 years old.
For Pennsylvania spouses who are planning their retirement, budgeting is a crucial part of the process. Understanding the various income streams, benefits and investment income can be tricky, but it is important that families are able to gain a comprehensive understanding of how they will fund their later years. For spouses who are eligible for Social Security disability, this includes becoming familiar with the ability for the unaffected spouse to claim benefits from the other partner's employment record.
A chemical explosion at a Pennsylvania manufacturing plant caused injuries to two workers but did not damage the facility. However, firefighters closed the plant for several hours while they decontaminated the site of the workplace accident.
Families who live below the poverty line typically have enough challenges when everyone is healthy. However, if one of the children in the family is disabled, it can exacerbate an already devastating situation. The Supplemental Security Income program for children with disabilities is designed to help these families, who often have medical expenses far beyond what Medicaid covers. One Philadelphia couple is about to go to federal court again in an attempt to get the SSI benefits they need to take care of their disabled 2-year-old daughter.
Thousands of workers across the country and in Pennsylvania become disabled each year. For many of those workers, their disability keeps them from being able to continue working. In that case, it may be possible to receive disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.
Ongoing reports from the Center of Public Integrity news sources have motivated the U.S. Senate to reform the Black Lung Benefits Acts, which mandates medical payments to coal miners who are severely disabled by the disease. Government investigations reportedly aim to determine if mining workers in Pennsylvania and other states are being wrongfully denied occupational illness benefits due to faulty medical reviews.
The reported case considers the question of whether a social security disability recipient can also receive worker's compensation benefits for a separate work-related disability. It's not a Pennsylvania case but the principle is more than likely applicable here and in most states. An appellate court ruled that an award of Social Security disability benefits does not automatically disqualify the recipient from receiving workers' compensation.