An unemployed and disabled man moved from Michigan to Toledo in hopes of finding a job. Unfortunately, he still has not been able to find a job and at one point did not have enough money for rent. With a wife and six children, the family was evicted and the homestead soon became their mini-van. The facilities the family used were the restrooms at various truck stops.
The disabled man had suffered a stroke that required a week of hospitalization. They were able to locate temporary shelter through the assistance of charity. However, the reason that they finally were able to get into a home of their own was disability benefits that he received from the government. However, the disabled man is also awaiting Social Security Disability Benefits as well to supplement the other sources of income that he has received.
The process for filing for such benefits is often frustrating. “I got tired of being turned down, so I quit filing,” the disabled man was quoted as saying. Though such frustration is understandable, it is worthwhile for individuals to be persistent in filing for such benefits in order to not be at the whim of private charitable organizations to financially survive.
Many successful Social Security Disability Claims have previously been denied. Often the only reason for denial was inaccurate information contained on the application or forms not being filed correctly. For this reason, it’s obviously important to get the best legal advice from counsel experienced in filing Social Security claims for a variety of injuries and illnesses.
It appears that the story of the disabled man did have a happy conclusion as they were able to move into a home just prior to Christmas. Let’s hope others can receive the assistance that they need as well.
Source: Toledo Blade, “Toledo family finally at home after year of hardship,” by Julie M. McKinnon, Dec. 25, 2011