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How children qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Many of the discussions that focus on the Social Security disability system revolve around adults who have been rendered unable to work by a serious illness or injury. While these adults in Iowa and across the U.S. certainly make up the vast majority of disability claimants, they are not, by any means, the only individuals who may qualify for disability benefits.

Children, for example, may qualify for Supplemental Security Income if they meet certain federal requirements. Amongst these requirements are a limitation on the amount of income the child has earned in the given year. For example, disabled children who are not blind cannot earn more than $1,180 per month and still qualify for SSI benefits. These children must also demonstrate that they a medical condition that severely limit their functional abilities. Also, the condition in question must also be expected to last for at least a year or result in death.

What benefits can you pursue through workers' compensation?

If you are injured in a workplace accident, then you'll likely face some financial hardship. Although you may have some paid time off built up, it may not be enough to cover the amount of time you'll be away from work. This means that you might end up losing wages during a time when you have to absorb unexpected medical expenses. This hardship can be difficult to overcome, particularly if you don't have significant savings.

Fortunately, Iowa residents may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits. If successfully obtained, you may be able to recover up to 80 percent of your income after taxes, depending on your condition. Other factors can play into the amount you can receive through the system, but the maximum recoverable amount for those deemed to have a permanent partial disability is $1,583 a week. Those who suffer from a temporary total disability or a permanent total disability can recover up to $1,720 a week. This latter amount is the maximum that can be recovered through workers' compensation death benefits, too.

What are the phases of a Social Security disability appeal?

Individuals in Iowa and nationwide who have been rendered unable to work on account of a medical condition may be able to pursue financial benefits through the Social Security disability system. If successful on their claim, an individual can ensure their financial stability while focusing on adequately treating their medical condition.

Yet, for a variety of reasons, many initial SSD claims are denied by the Social Security Administration. Although receiving one of these denials can be disheartening, it is not the end of the road for those who want to continue to fight for benefits. This is because there are several appellate options available to those whose initial SSD claims have been denied.

Your wait for disability benefits will increase after a denial

When you develop a serious illness or suffer a debilitating injury, the consequences to your life are immediate. You may find yourself unable to work a job. You may have a gigantic stack of medical bills that you have no way to pay.

After you leave your job, you may find yourself without health insurance. The combination of bills and no insurance in addition to a drastic drop in income can be financially devastating. Your family may struggle to cover even the most basic living expenses.

The top five most dangerous professions in America

While everyone understands that some professions come with more risk than others, there are certain jobs that you may not consider as a dangerous career. Some of the jobs listed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of highest fatal injury rates may just surprise you.

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