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Armless woman stands as inspiration to the world

A lot of people see living with a disability to be a challenge that a person must face every day. And while this may be the case for some, there are others who refuse to let their lives be defined by their impairments. One of these people is an armless woman in Arizona whose story may stand as an inspiration to many the world over because it shows us what it really means to overcome a disability.

Some of our Ohio readers may have heard about Jessica Cox on the news because of an achievement she received several years ago from Guinness World Records when she became the first person certified to fly a plane using only their feet. But as those who have heard her whole story know, this isn't the first challenge she has met head on.

The bionic eye: giving eye sight to the blind

Imagine that you are diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that will eventually cause you to lose your ability to see the world around you. If you're like a lot of people, you'd probably be terrified to receive this news. After all, you're probably like most people who consider their sense of sight to be their most important of the five senses.

While some have embarked on bucket lists of sight -- choosing to see as much as they can before they can't -- others choose to accept their disability and make the best of a difficult situation. Whatever you would choose to do, scientists are hoping that one day, people with degenerative eye diseases won't have to live in a world without their eyes sight. Instead, the hope is that they will choose to see again with the help of a bionic eye.

Can an injury suffered at work lead to SSD benefits?

Imagine for a moment that you are a nurse who has suffered a musculoskeletal injury while on the job. Your employer refuses however to pay workers' compensation benefits that would help pay for your medical bills and offset your lost wages from missed work days. You're immediately struck with a sense of panic. What are you going to do? How will this affect you financially? Are there any other forms of compensation you can receive for your injuries?

Even though this may seem like a scenario we just made up, it's actually becoming commonplace across the nation. According to a recent article for NPR, musculoskeletal injuries cost nurses and orderlies a significant number of workdays each year. In a growing number of cases, hospitals are refusing to acknowledge these injuries, brushing them off as part of the job are trying to blame the worker for their own injuries.

Chemical flavorings and the risk of illness for workers

As many of our readers know, disabling injuries and debilitating illnesses can arise from a work-related event. When this happens, in most cases, a worker becomes eligible for workers' compensation benefits, which help cover medical bills and lost wages that may be incurred. These benefits are not forever though, which leaves some, who are permanently disabled by an injury or illness, asking important questions about what will happen to their financial stability down the road.

One way to offset the loss of workers' compensation benefits is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. As some of our more frequent visitors know though, SSDI benefits are only awarded to those who meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, meaning a condition will last at least a year or result in death, and the condition prevents a person from doing the work they did before.

How can a brain injury affect you and can it lead to benefits?

If you're an avid follower of the national news, then you've probably noticed a growing number of stories about brain injuries and the lasting effect they can have on a person, especially if they suffer multiple blows to the head over the course of their lifetime.

If you haven't seen or read any of these stories, we encourage you to continue reading this post because today, we are going to address the long-term effects of a brain injury and how these symptoms could lead to disability benefits down the road.

A look at a problem some disabled workers face in the US

"Few white-collar people understand the degree to which manual labor chews up workers’ bodies," explains the writer of a recent article in the Atlantic. Her words may ring true for some of our Cincinnati readers who are accustomed to blue-collar work that oftentimes puts repeated stresses on the body that can result in damaging and even debilitating injuries down the road. In some cases, injuries can become so disabling that a person is left unable to work and wondering how they will continue to meet their financial obligations.

Although Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are available to people who are disabled and unable to work, as our readers know all too well, it can take months before a decision is made on an application. And in the end, it doesn't always result in a favorable one the first time around. Appeals are often needed, sometimes with the help of a lawyer too.

Does restless legs syndrome qualify for SSD benefits?

Restless legs syndrome is a condition in which a person experiences an uncomfortable feeling in their legs that is typically followed by the "irresistible urge to move [your] legs to relieve the sensation." If you're like 10 percent of Americans, you too have experienced this condition. And if you're like some of our Ohio readers, then you're probably wondering if it's a condition that can significantly impact someone's life.

Depending on the severity of the sensation and the frequency in which a person experiences RLS, this condition can have an impact on a person's life, particularly their ability to sleep. That's because most people experience RLS symptoms in the evening, just before bed, which can affect their quality if sleep. As our readers may know, some sleep disorders, such as insomnia, have been known to cause other health conditions that can also be disabling.

When it comes to Social Security, legal support can be crucial

When people read about or discuss Social Security disability, it can be easy to get a little lost in the discussion. Many people across Cincinnati may just try and ignore the topic of SSDI because it is overwhelming, confusing and politically charged in ways that can be difficult to put into the context of individual lives.

However, SSDI is critically important to millions of people across the United States. Even if you aren't interested in the complex background, process and future of the system, it can be crucial to work with someone who is and who understands the value of Social Security for the disabled workers and families who rely on it.

House adopts rule that will either hurt or help SSD trust fund

Anyone who understands basic math knows that if you spend more than you make, eventually you will run out of money. This can leave you in a very serious financial situation. How will you pay your debts, your bills or every day expenses?

Since 2005, the Social Security disability trust has been doing just this: paying out more in benefits than it has been taking in from payroll taxes. Applying the same rule as above, it became clear that the Social Security Administration would have a major problem on their hands if they didn't equalize the debt-to-income ratio. After crunching the numbers, the trustees discovered how quickly this would happen: 2016.

Top 5 things to consider before apply for SSDI

Whether you are just starting to fill out your application or are already deep into the process, there is one thing that you have probably learned by now: the process for Social Security Disability Insurance is a long and complex one. If you're feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by it, you're not alone. This is something just about everyone has felt at one time or another when they applied as well.

To cut down on this frustration for people just starting the process, we want to present five important things we'd like our Ohio readers to consider before applying for benefits. These tips may not only increase your understanding of the disability benefits you are applying for but may expedite your application as well.

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