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Can children receive Social Security disability benefits?

Having a disabled child can be a trial; watching them struggle to adapt and thrive with their disability can bring as much pain to your heart as their presence brings joy into your life. While you love your disabled child deeply, there is no denying that the cost of caring for a disabled child can cause undue hardship and stress that can impact the child's life and the lives of the entire family. This includes impacting your ability as a parent to work full-time to meet your family's needs. Can your child receive Social Security Disability benefits to defray some of those staggering costs?

Recognize a traumatic brain injury before it's too late

Traumatic brain injury is a serious issue that can impact quality of life or even result in loss of life if it is not treated swiftly enough. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 30 percent of traumatic brain injuries result from automobile accidents. After a minor fender-bender it can be tempting to walk away thinking you only sustained a minor bump to your head, perhaps against the steering wheel or seat. However, due to the unpredictable nature of traumatic brain injuries, it is best to take advantage of Michigan's no-fault insurance laws to seek the best possible diagnosis, treatment and preventative care.

PTSD after a work-related traffic accident

People are hurt while working in many ways, some of which may occur on the road. It is important to bear in mind that the consequences of work-related traffic collisions may extend beyond immediate financial challenges (hospital bills and lost wages) as well as injuries and physical pain. In some instances, a worker who is involved in a crash while carrying out his or her job responsibilities may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can be particularly hard for injured workers and those they love, which is why this part of workplace accidents should not be overlooked.

Respiratory illnesses can negatively impact your ability to work

There are various respiratory conditions that can affect a Michigan employee's ability to work. These types of illnesses can make it difficult to participate in everyday activities, enjoy a certain quality of life and meet the requirements of a person's job. If you are suffering from a serious respiratory condition, you may be concerned about your career and your ability to support your family.

Can you be fired for reporting a safety hazard?

You may face unsafe conditions in your Michigan workplace on a daily basis, but with the reasonable expectation that your employer will make every attempt to eliminate or protect against safety hazards. What if you uncover a safety hazard that your employer will not mitigate, however? If you choose to report the safety hazard to OSHA to prevent a workplace accident, can your employer fire you if they discover you reported?

What is SSI?

You may be familiar with Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), or the federal social security disability benefits program that offers disability income for disabled and injured workers. But what is Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who is it for?

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