When we’ve worked hard all our lives and are proud of that work ethic and what we’ve achieved, it can be hard to admit that a job accident injury or injury at home has left us disabled in some way. Everyone who becomes disabled is entitled to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, but sometimes that can be a difficult and daunting step to take. In a rural community, disabled SSDI needs can be even more urgent, since access to health care and treatment is often harder to ensure.
Tulsa, Oklahoma personal injury lawyers Hansen Dirani & Associates Law Offices know that for people living in more remote areas, disabilities are more likely to develop and they are often exacerbated by poverty. According to the Kansas City Star, a recent survey of nationwide data shows that most communities surviving on disability benefits live in poor, rural settings. “They’re often places where two-lane highways wind around wooded hills, where mining or manual farm labor once put food on the table, and access to medical care has long been limited. Poverty begets bad health and greater rates of disability, experts say, and disabilities often lead to deeper poverty.”
Very often, though, the process of collecting rightful SSDI payments is complicated and sometimes with SSDI applications denied. Being unable to work, injured and/or in physical pain is difficult enough but when a person has to fight for their right to Social Security Disability payments, disabilities seem yet more of a burden.
Since the recession began, every year more than 400,000 people have been added to the disability roster, with an average monthly payment of $1,000. So it is becoming more and more common for those who are disabled to apply for what is rightfully theirs, and for those living in rural areas, disability payments can mean the difference between food on the table and empty cupboards.
National Bureau of Economic Research says that a large part of the rise in disability rolls is due to more and more claims being granted for mental disorders and pain. These conditions are tough to diagnose and even more difficult to assess in regard to work productivity, but they are involved in over 50% of claims that are awarded.
The fact that more people are acknowledging mental health and well-being as a priority and are pursuing assistance when suffering from a mental illness, makes exploring legal support even more important. Very often, the wounds that cannot be seen but that are on the inside are the hardest to prove and take the longest to heal
If you or a loved one are disabled and/or can no longer work, contact Hansen Dirani & Associates Law Offices. We help clients pursue the Social Security Disability Insurance they rightfully deserve. For a free consultation call 1-877-583-0700 or complete our online contact form today.
Hansen Dirani & Associates Law Offices
4815 S. Harvard Ave., Ste. 380
Tulsa, OK 74135