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West Virginia is rated with the highest number of disability recipients probably due to the coal mining & chemical industries being two of the top employers' in that state.
Those two industries are probably the top two polluters in that state and they are probably the reason why there are so many disability claims related to asbestos, black lung & back/neck injuries.
These states all have the right to work for peanuts! Where are the Red State ignoramuses crowing about the lazy people in the Blue States - which average $10K+ more in household income than any Res State except socialist Alaska?
Try standing for so many hours that your feet swell so much that your toenails bruise and pop off or they swell so much that you can't get your shoes off....
Yeah...go through stuff like this then come back and bash people on disability.
I would love to be able to work again. The only way I can work is to sit at home and do my home business..that way when I can't sit in the same place for long I can go lay down or prop my feet up. It's not fun.
I feel for those who can't do anything at all.
Thank God I have a husband who supports me.
And for those who are so judgmental and saying hateful things, well, you may very well find out how it feels some day. You never know what your future holds.
Folks, please think for a minute, before labelling ALL Disability recipients as "freeloaders". I worked at least 40 hours a week, for over 22 years, with chronic, severe pain. In that time, I maybe took 15 sick days, due to pain. Now, I've had 2 spinal surgeries, neither successful; and have been diagnosed with "Failed Back Syndrome", meaning I'm not a candidate for further surgery. Finally, in August of 2010, I HAD to stop working. I loved my job, and my carreer in Heatlh Care. I WISH I could still do it! There are days I can't even leave my apartment, due to the pain. Can't sleep; can't sit or stand more than 10 minutes at a time; and have had to give up wearing regular shoes, because I can't bend enought to tiee them.
Since 2010, I have been fighting to get Disability. I've been denied twice, without explanation as to why. I had 2 different court hearings "postponed" due to illness of Disability staff members. Finally, had a hearing in April this year. It lasted a total of 14 minutes!!!!! And now, I wait for my 1st check. I've had NO INCOME at all, since June of 2012. Had to sell my car (couldn't drive it anymore, anyway); had yard sales selling everything that meant anything to me. My niece, thank God, was able to pay my rent since last October, or I'd be homeless.
Now, I KNOW there are a lot of undeserving people "on the dole". But, I'M NOT ONE OF THEM. So, please stop lumping us all into the category of freeloaders, bums, and losers. Thank you.
Good point....Willing, not able...Won't !!....(.Belonged there too)
Absolutely correct...Laywers have found a new way to line their pockets with easy cases..
Although most places, I believe they are limited to fees on disability cases...
Mostly making sure the paperwork is filed correctly, with the right wording.
Underlings or Para-Legals in the office can do that..
It might take two visits to the Court, but pretty much slam dunks in many cases.
It has way too easy to get SSDI over the last few years, maybe about 20 ??
Some of us, a large majority worked through the pains and problems and made a good life for ourselves.
I've got a funny feeling you posters that complain about Disability have never tried living on Disability. The maximum SSI Disability check is a little over 700 dollars a month and it goes up from there on SSDI, but only depending on how many earned quarters you have. I can't give you an exact figure because every state is different on the amount they contribute, but If you think you can live on 700-800 dollars a month go ahead and give it a try. I know because I get Disability and I'd rather work. I went from making or $2500 a month to peanuts because of my injury, so I know.
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