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Workers' compensation and repetitive motion injuries

Workplace injuries can occur in a variety of ways. Employers failing to provide proper safety equipment or adequate training, third-parties veering into a construction zone, and even inclement weather can all cause a worker to suffer serious injuries. Yet, sometimes injuries are suffered on the job while carrying out one's day-to-day duties. Even in these circumstances, an individual in Iowa may be able obtain workers' compensation benefits.

One of these routine tasks that can cause serious injuries are those that are repetitive in nature. These types of injuries are extremely common, with tendinitis and bursitis leading the way. Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, usually where it connects to the bone. This condition most often affects the shoulder, biceps and elbow. Bursitis, on the other hand, occurs when a sac meant to lubricate areas of friction inside the body become inflamed. This is most commonly seen in the knees, elbows and hips.

SSD claims and the consultative examination

Before a disabled individual In Iowa or elsewhere is able to recover Social Security disability benefits, he or she must prove to the federal government that he or she meets certain requirements. The specific requirements vary depending on the injury or illness at hand, but one's claim usually must be supported by medical evidence that shows the existence of the condition, its severity, and its effect on the claimant's day-to-day life.

Many times, though, claimants put forth evidence that indicates that they have a severe medical condition, but the evidence is not strong enough to make a determination of whether the individual is disabled in accordance with federal requirements. In these circumstances, the Social Security Administration may require a claimant to undergo a consultative examination.

Worker injured at Des Moines construction site

Construction work is amongst the most dangerous in our society. These men and women bravely put their safety on the line in order to build the infrastructure we need to advance our economy and overall well-being. In the process, though, they often perform their duties in close proximity to heavy machinery, fast-moving vehicles and excessive heights. Sometimes, despite utilizing safety equipment provided to them, workplace accidents occur that leave these workers seriously injured.

That may be the case for one man who was injured on the job at a Des Moines construction site. Reports indicate that the man was utilizing some sort of drilling apparatus when it kicked back, causing him to suffer injuries. The extent of the man's harm is unclear at this time, but he was taken the hospital. He apparently was complaining of arm pain at the time.

Workers’ compensation and rehabilitation benefits

Suffering an injury while on the job can affect every area of your life, not only your employment. The time it takes to recover from the injury and get back into the workplace may be short if you are lucky. However, if your injury is complicated or severe, it may takes months or even years before you regain all the function that your injury took away.

In some cases, an injury may permanently impair you, or injure you in such a way that you may make a strong recovery, but simply cannot return to the job you were working when the injury happened. In instances like these, workers' compensation typically provides compensation to cover many aspects of retraining so that you can re-enter the workplace, even if you cannot return to exactly the same position.

Breast cancer and Social Security disability benefits

Cancer is one of those words that we all hate to hear. Yet, it's prevalent enough that this disease has affected just about everyone in Iowa in one way or another, either directly or indirectly. For those afflicted with some variation of this disease, life can take a dramatic turn, and the things that were once easy and enjoyable suddenly become impossible. This includes the ability to work. Those cancer sufferers who are unable to work may not only feel like they've lost their sense of purpose, but also their income. As a result, it can become difficult for them to make ends meet and pay for the medical treatment they need.

Fortunately, these individuals may be able to recover Social Security disability benefits if they can show that they meet the federal requirements necessary to be deemed "disabled." Breast cancer is one of the forms of cancer that may qualify for SSD benefits. In order to do so, though, a sufferer must show one of five existing conditions.

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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