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Workplace exposure to fumes, dust linked to lung disease

One of the things that make Charlotte such an attractive place to live is the ease with which we can escape urban life and enjoy hiking, boating, camping and many other outdoor activities in which we get plenty of sun and fresh air.

Report: Social Security Disability fund healthier than expected

The good news is that the Social Security Disability trust fund is a little healthier than expected. The bad news is that the fund is healthier, in part, because of the increasing backlog in the SSDI approval process.

More than earned: A warrior's fight for SSDI benefits

The young Army lieutenant did not want to listen to combat-tested veterans in his platoon, so he ordered the group to use the road in Afghanistan rather than a less obvious route to their destination. The result was that an improvised explosive device buried in the road detonated and tore the left leg off of one of the soldiers. The explosion also shattered the soldier's left arm and severely damaged his left ear.

Plenty of work to do to fix Social Security Disability backlog

The United States has a seemingly endless supply of problems, including issues related to the economy, terrorism, infrastructure, education and more. One of the headaches we face is "ensuring the financial stability and service levels of the entire Social Security system," states a recent editorial by political news publication The Hill.

SSDI approval process: slow and difficult

The odds and waits are long, but Social Security Disability Insurance applicants usually have little choice but to take their chances with the federal program. The odds of approval are less than 50-50, according to a recent National Public Radio report. (Charlotte's NPR station is WFAE.)

SSDI income is taxed at varying rates

The cycling of money through the Social Security system can be confusing. Forbes recently undertook to explain one facet of it: the several ways in which Social Security Disability Insurance income can be taxed by the same federal government that writes SSDI benefits checks.

Smoke clears around source of added pain

One of the worst injuries a person can suffer is to their spinal cord. The effects of the injury depend, of course, on severity, but also on which vertebrae is damaged. According to new research, there is evidence showing that pain is worsened in people with spinal cord injury by a substance well known for the damage it causes to humans: cigarette smoke.

Going without: Disabled Americans often struggle to get good food

We see the stories in Charlotte news media and in articles and broadcast reports from newspapers and broadcasters from around the nation: skewed portrayals of the lives of people forced to give up work and apply for disability benefits. So many of these reports present political opinions rather than accurate descriptions of people struggling with illness or injury and trying to get by on SSDI.

Fighting for the rights and independence of disabled Americans

Some of our North Carolina law blog readers might not be familiar with Jim Sensebrenner. The unassuming Wisconsin congressman has been in the House of Representatives since Jimmy Carter was president. One of Sensebrenner's major causes over those decades of service has been his dedication to the creation of legal protections for disabled Americans.

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