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Researcher: Chronic fatigue more debilitating than cancer

The Mayo Clinic says symptoms of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis include pain, extreme exhaustion that can last more than 24 hours after exercise, loss of concentration or memory, unrefreshing sleep, headaches and more. The condition is best known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.A DePaul University researcher has been studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME, for a quarter of a century and says the disabiiling condition "is more functionally debilitating than chronic congestive heart disease and cancer." 

Amtrak off-track on disability discrimination

Its formal name is the National Passenger Railroad Corporation. But it is better known to the public as Amtrak. The national rail system has the Hiawatha line running from Milwaukee to Chicago at least a dozen times a day, its website says.The site makes no mention of a recent settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit, however. According to the agreement, Amtrak is to pay $112,000 in lost wages and compensatory damages to a man it once offered a job. 

The benefits of long-term disability insurance

As some Wisconsin workers may know, long-term disability insurance is useful as a way to support themselves and their family if they are unable to work. Due to economic changes and the introduction of new health care laws, many employers no longer pay for coverage. In addition, LTD insurance benefits are limited to 60 percent of one's monthly salary, and an employee-paid supplement may help. Generally, such riders are inexpensive, and it may be possible to obtain one through one's employer.

Legal assistance with long-term disability claims

Being faced with the inability to work can be stressful for a Wisconsin employee. As your health is affected because of a disabling condition, it is important to address the challenges that could result. Being unable to continue to work can be an extreme financial issue, but disability insurance is meant to counter this by providing an income. Unfortunately, you may find that an insurer is unwilling to honor its policy.

Chronic pain and fatigue in the workplace

Chronic pain is becoming an increasingly common diagnosis for employees across the nation, and Wisconsin residents dealing with such issues can be affected in their ability to work. In some cases, chronic pain may even be connected to work-related activities. If you are attempting to continue in your job while enduring such pain, you may find that your performance is affected significantly. In some situations, disability accommodations or benefits may be needed.

Learning about disability benefits

Wisconsin employees may be interested in learning more about applying for disability benefits, as well as denials and cancellations. In order to receive an application and an estimate for compensation, people interested in obtaining disability benefits are advised to contact the Department of Employee Trust Funds by phone or in writing. Employees are required to file a series of forms and are prohibited from applying for these benefits before the last day on the job.

How to apply for disability benefits in Wisconsin

Workers in Wisconsin who are unable to perform their jobs due to an injury may be able to apply for disability benefits. These benefits may replace some or all of the income lost as a result of that inability. As many as 25 percent of all workers are expected to become disabled before age 67, according to the Social Security Administration.

A new possible treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma

As those who are battling the disease in Wisconsin may already know, Hodgkin's lymphoma can be deemed incurable and potentially fatal for some people who are resistant to the available treatments. The disease strikes a large number of younger adults, potentially leaving them scrambling as they go through rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and other assorted antineoplastic therapeutic treatments.

What is long-term disability insurance?

Workers in Wisconsin may have questions about long-term disability insurance. Many employers offer this type of insurance as an optional benefit that workers can purchase through their employment. Many workers forgo this insurance, especially those that are younger who may feel that it is unlikely they will become disabled. However, choosing to purchase this type of insurance may provide some help to many people.

Q&A: How do I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

The criteria for obtaining Social Security Disability benefits are the same in Wisconsin as they are elsewhere in the country. The first requirement is that an applicant must have sufficient work history before they are eligible to receive benefits. In certain circumstances, an applicant may receive benefits under a parent's Social Security record.

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