December 9th, 2014|
There are currently more than 216,000 Alabamans who receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits because they’re unable to work due to medical conditions. Despite these benefits, many recipients still struggle to make ends meet.
Many believe the disabled are trapped into the program due to archaic laws that limit the amount of money and assets recipients of SSD funds can accumulate. Current standards prohibit those who collect payments from the program from having more than $2,000 at any given time. This prevents the disabled from saving to purchase transportation, pay for medical bills or an education, or buy homes.
But elected officials are working to change these rules, and a bill was recently passed through the House of Representatives that would allow the disabled to establish better savings. According to an article from News 6, Social Security Disability recipients would be allowed to set up a tax-free savings account, in which they could deposit up to $14,000 annually without penalty. The accounts would be unable to hold more than $100,000 to cover expenses.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we support any measure that allows the disabled to improve their lives. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful the bill continues to move through the approval process successfully.
September 23rd, 2014|
When a person is no longer able to work because of a debilitating injury or medical condition, they may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. There are currently millions of Americans who depend on such payments as their main source of income, many of whom live in Alabama.
A recent survey found there are currently an estimated 237,000 individuals living in Alabama who receive disability payments from the federal government. If spouses and children of those individuals are included, the number of disability recipients in Alabama swells to more than 300,000, or roughly 6 percent of Alabama’s population. According to Al.com, this leaves our state with the second highest number of Social Security Disability recipients in the nation.
Experts contend there could be several factors that have caused Alabama’s disability numbers to inflate, including the types of medications injury victims are prescribed. Data indicates states with high numbers of opioid painkiller prescriptions —such as Alabama—can expect to see higher rates of citizens applying for and receiving Social Security Disability.
Alabama’s top industries, such as manufacturing, mining, and construction, could also play a part in high accident numbers, as these are some of the most dangerous lines of work one could be involved in.
If you can no longer work due to an disability or medical condition, an Alabama Social Security Disability Lawyer from Norris Injury Lawyers can help you get the benefits you need—even if you were denied in the past. Call us at (888) 318-4245 to learn what we can do for you.