As we celebrate the Fourth of July this Thursday, keep in mind the people who keep this country safe: law enforcement officials, firefighters, EMS workers, veterans and troops. These great people are the backbone to our democracy and they deserve our support at all times, not just holidays.
Because these workers have such high-pressure, high-stress, high-risk jobs, it is important to remember that many suffer from debilitation injuries. Some of the most common disabilities sustained by first-responders, troops and veterans include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eye injuries
- Hearing loss
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Toxic exposure to radiation
- Diseases related to air exposure
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
While some of these great Americans seek relief for their injuries through workers’ compensation or veterans benefits, many are unaware that they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. It is possible for many disabled Americans to structure their workers’ compensation or VA benefit payments to minimize the impact that the benefits will have on SSDI benefits.
If you are out celebrating this Thursday and you see a veteran or a first-responder, show your gratitude and shake the person’s hand and pay him or her a compliment. Also, remember to stay safe this weekend—avoid drunk driving or boating under the influence of alcohol. If you or a loved one has questions about disability benefits, do not hesitate to contact our Tulsa Social Security Disability lawyers for a free consultation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404.