Federal disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) are intended to serve as a financial safety net for recipients who have a qualifying disability. Unfortunately, many Michiganders have died after applying for Social Security Disability benefits and while awaiting their appeals of denied claims.
In 2015, Congress made changes to the disability insurance program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stave off depletion of its financial reserve. However, this did not address underlying problems with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Seven years ago, forecasts predicted that SSDI reserves would be depleted in 2016 for Michiganders and residents of other states. This would cut benefits for 11 million SSDI beneficiaries by almost 20 percent.
It is a sad reality that even in the safest workplaces, employees in the Detroit still get hurt and at times get injured very seriously. When this happens, as other posts on this blog have mentioned, an employee may be able to get compensation through Michigan's workers' compensation program.
Expert testimony can play a vital role in determining whether a person is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. In fact, the US Supreme Court agreed to rule on an appeal involving these witnesses. At issue is whether vocational expert testimony, without complying for a request for supporting information, is sufficient evidence that other jobs were available to an injured worker.
Michigan workers who are injured or become ill while on the job are able to use workers' compensation for medical and financial assistance. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which is administered by the Social Security Administration, is designed to help those who become ill or disabled and are no longer able to work or unable to work for a long period of time. Yet, most disabled workers will not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
When an individual develops a skin disorder or receives a serious injury to their skin, it can be debilitating and affect one's ability to do perform their job duties at work. If this happens, the financial repercussions can be devastating. In the cases of more serious skin disorders or injuries, a worker may be able to qualify for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. Social Security Disability offers benefits to workers whose injuries or impairments prevent them from working over a long period of time or permanently inhibit their ability to work at all.
The Social Security Administration's (SSA) budget struggles and associated service delivery issues have been splashed across the media for quite some time now. Members of Congress have suggested that private disability insurance could be used to shore up the foundering Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The program's ability to deliver its services to claimants in Michigan and elsewhere has been seriously compromised by budgetary, personnel and technology issues.