According to the American Immigration Council, about 8 percent of North Carolina’s total population is foreign-born. Immigrants make up an even larger share of the state’s labor force. For instance, 44 percent of those working in farming, fishing and forestry industries are immigrants.
More than 60 years ago, the Social Security Disability Insurance program began its mission of helping workers who are disabled by illness or injury. It is difficult to apply for benefits and then obtain approval for SSD benefits because of the narrow definition of “disability” in the Social Security Act that was made into law in 1956.
Everyone who reads or watches the news knows that the current political landscape is chaotic. While we don’t make political comments in our Raleigh legal blog, there are some issues that merit attention, even though they have political overtones.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complex process that requires a lot of paperwork and patience. When you either receive approval for your claim or successfully appeal an initial denial, you might think that the worst of the process is behind you. However, although you are getting SSD benefits now, there is always a chance you can lose them in the future.
The combination of skills and experience in Julie Whitehead is unique. She’s not only a writer with a disabling condition, but she’s also a former Social Security Administration employee who decided whether or not claims for SSD benefits were valid or not.
While it might only take most of our readers a few minutes to get to Raleigh’s Social Security office at 4701 Old Wake Forest Road, it can take months to get an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits filed and approved there.
On Veteran’s Day, we honor the millions of men and women who have protected our freedoms by serving in our nation’s military. A recent editorial pointed out that politicians of every stripe love to talk about their support for our veterans, but action speaks much louder than words.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis is like living with war: your body’s immune system is attacking your body’s tissues. No one wins, of course. This autoimmune disorder can make it difficult to walk or stand and can also come with pain and fatigue issues that make it impossible to keep working.
There are some annual traditions around this time of year worth noting: North Carolina State’s football season is well underway and basketball season is not far off. The World Series is approaching and the state fair is just around the corner.
Raleigh weather can be a real pain. Hot and humid days fill our summers and we’re not immune from healthy doses of rain and even the occasional city-stopping snowfall. While our unpredictable weather can snarl rush hour traffic or put crimps in the weekend plans of families, weather can have much more ominous meaning to those with disabilities.