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When joint disease is eligible for disability benefits

If you have joint pain in Michigan, you may think that this automatically allows you to qualify for benefits through SSDI. This is usually not the case, though, and we at Adler Stilman, PLLC, know that it is beneficial for you to understand when your joint pain can qualify for disability benefits.

Joint pain is typically not enough to receive SSDI benefits. You usually must demonstrate that your joint pain is a disability which has interfered in your daily life. Sometimes you may need to show that your fine motor skills have been affected by joint pain or that you have encountered difficulties walking. While the Social Security Administration does not list specific causes of joint pain, it does offer indications about the severity of your symptoms. Your joint pain generally needs to be accompanied by stiffness, limited motion or deformity. You are usually more likely to qualify for SSDI if your condition meets the requirements of the SSA.

Workers' compensation benefits for complex regional pain syndrome

While you may know that workers' compensation is available for many injuries and conditions, you may not know exactly which conditions qualify. We at Adler Stilman, PLLC, understand that you likely have many questions about your complex regional pain syndrome and whether or not it qualifies for workers' compensation in Michigan.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that sometimes you may develop complex regional pain syndrome after being injured at work. This means that you might experience more pain throughout the entire injured limb. You may also find that your wounded body part has tremors or is difficult to move. This prolonged pain can occur if your nervous system was harmed when the injury occurred. You do not need to seriously hurt your nervous system to incur CRPS. Sometimes damage to part of your peripheral nervous system can trigger this condition. Additionally, you may be more likely to develop CRPS after an injury if the limb has been harmed in the past.

Suffer injuries as a passenger in an accident? You have rights.

Suffering injuries in a Michigan car accident is traumatic, no matter if you were driving the car or were riding as a passenger at the time of impact. Passengers injured in car accidents sometimes do have a rightful claim to financial compensation, but in many cases, these victims are unaware that they have this option. If you were hurt in an accident while riding in a car, you may find that someone could owe you restitution.

When people think about motor vehicle accidents, many think solely about the driver, asking questions about which driver was at fault or what the respective drivers doing at the time of crash. As a passenger who suffered harm because of a negligent or reckless driver, you may feel that you are facing an uphill battle to claim financial compensation, no matter the nature or severity of your injuries.

Frequency of amputations in the workplace

Many Michigan workers may consider workplace accidents to be incidents such as slips. However, people can get more serious injuries at work and these can sometimes include amputations.

Amputations occur more frequently than some people may expect. CNN says that 2,644 people experienced amputations after a workplace accident in 2015. More of these injuries may occur each year, though, as only about 50 percent of the incidents which occur are reported. Reported incidents indicate that 30 people were seriously injured at work each day in 2015. Many amputations happen to people who work in manufacturing. People from this industry experienced 57 percent of the amputations which occurred.

Medical requirements for social security disability

Individuals in Michigan who have certain medical conditions may be eligible for social security benefits if these conditions impair the ability to work. In order to apply for these disability benefits, the impairments must be documented correctly by a medical professional and approved by the social security administration.

According to FindLaw, musculoskeletal issues are common reasons for requesting medical disability. Other medical conditions, and examples of each, include:

  • Mental disorders - includes anxiety, depression and autism
  • Cardiovascular illnesses - CAD or heart failure
  • Respiratory conditions - includes cystic fibrosis and asthma
  • Blood disorders - hemophilia
  • Digestive tract issues - IBD or liver problems
  • Immune system problems - kidney disease, HIV and lupus
  • Neurological disorders - cerebral palsy, epilepsy and MS
  • Problems with senses such as hearing and vision - complete or partial loss

Factors behind rollover accidents

A car crash can be a frightening incident for Michigan residents, especially when the accident involves a rollover. To keep themselves safe on the road, it is important to understand how these incidents occur and what drivers can do to keep themselves safe.

Some drivers may not be surprised to learn the factors which can lead to a rollover accident. SaferCar.gov says that alcohol and speed are usually involved in these incidents. Alchohol plays a role in almost half of the rollovers which cause fatalities, and people are also more likely to die if they are speeding. Roads with a speed limit above 55 mph are where almost three-quarters of fatal incidents occur, and excessive speeding is a factor in 40 percent of these deadly accidents.

Reviewing Michigan's workers' compensation requirements

You likley go to work in Detroit every day secure in your assumption that were you to be injured on the job, your employer's workers' compensation insurance would cover a good deal of your accident expenses. Unfortunately, several of the clients that we here at Adler Stillman PLLC have worked with in the past have had to learn the hard way that not all employers offer such a benefit. If you have also recently discovered this sad truth, then you will want to understand what the workers' compensation requirements are in Michigan so that you can plan your next move. 

In many cases, companies that do not carry workers' compensation coverage may try to tell their employees that they do not have to. However, according to Michigan's state government website, all of the following types of employers must offer such protection: 

  • All public employers 
  • Private employers who employ three or more people at one time (including part-time employees)
  • Private employers who have employed one or more people for an average of 35 hours per week for 13 weeks or longer during the preceeding 52 weeks
  • Agricultural employers who employ three or more people for an average of 35 hours per week for 13 or more consecutive weeks
  • Households that have employed domestics for an average of 35 hours per week for 13 weeks or longer during the the preceeding 52 weeks 

When is high blood pressure considered a valid disability?

High blood pressure is a serious medical condition that can have detrimental consequences for those who suffer from it. Some individuals who deal with hypertension find that their case is very difficult to manage, and as a result, it affects their ability to work and financially support their Michigan family.

This type of physical condition is rather common, and many people who apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration for hypertension find that their claim comes back denied. If you believe that you have a rightful claim to financial support because of severely high blood pressure, you do not have to walk through the application process alone.

Older workers experience rise in death rates

Michigan residents may not have considered how older workers are affected by workplace accidents. However, unforeseen incidents happen to both young and seasoned workers, and sometimes older workers may experience worse injuries or death.

While statistics demonstrate that fewer workers died each year by 2015, the number of older workers who died while working went up. In 2015, 1,681 older workers died, and over a 10 year period, employees over 55 experienced on-the-job deaths at a rate which ranged from 50 to 65 percent above those of younger employees. Michigan is one of several states which has experienced more fatalities among older employees while the rate has decreased as a whole. These increased death rates have caused one heatlh and safety group to advocate for a safer workplace for seniors. The co-director of the organization has said that changes such as better lighting can help older workers be safer on the job.

Understanding accidents in confined spaces

Workplace accidents can come in a variety of forms, and Michigan residents may not give much thought to those which occur in confined spaces. These accidents have the potential to be deadly, and it is important for people who work in these environments to be aware of the risks.

A confined space may take many forms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sewer manholes, silos, dumpsters and elevator shafts are all considered confined spaces. They are dangerous places for workers because they are not designed to contain people. While in them, someone may experience an amputation from a moving part or become submerged in water. Flammable gases can also build up in these areas. Additionally, a confined space typically has a narrow entrance which may sometimes be difficult to navigate, giving it poor ventilation.

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