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Invisible Disabilities: Not all injury, illness, chronic pain, and disabilities are visible! You may have psychological or unseen physical scars that start after the initial injury or illness and last long after medical treatment and or any litigation is over. Problems like this can affect many workers relationships with the people they interact with and love, and will determine how well they readjust to life. These problems can also lead to other complications or can even be fatal. Unfortunately, many workers are not aware that they have these problems, and others fail to seek treatment because they fear being labeled as weak or as losing their status in life.

Mental Health Disorders:

* Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) * Depression * Substance Abuse

Get help for yourself!

* Talk with family and friends * Suicide Prevention Hotline Link & Phone Number * 800-273-8255 (TALK)

 

Pain Syndromes:

CFS, ME, RSD/CRPS, Fibromyalgia, CPS, MPS are some examples!
Pain syndromes are another disability that is not visible to the naked eye, but can be just as damaging as any other. These kinds of disabilities are extremely concerning because not only are they difficult to diagnose, they are just as difficult to treat because of the vast scale of the body they cover. This can also lead to the patient getting frustrated and loosing his/her self esteem and believing that no one can help. This is false? You must stay focused, be resilient, and most of all be patient.

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NAIDW recognizes the importance of working with the right businesses and professionals to maximize our efforts in promoting information, resources, and advocacy for injured & disabled workers and their families.

Our sponsors and advertisers come along side the Association informally and formally to advance the mission of the Association and make a difference in the lives of the men, women, and families in our communities. Although the word "sponsor" is used often we believe they are much more then that! We like to think of them as "partners" who help us advance our mission!

Uniting together under the idea of achieving a common goal is an underlying value within the injured & disabled workers community and one that leads to true change and progress. People with disabilities, injured workers, advocates, friends, family, organizations, businesses, and more must work together in order to realize access and equality for all injured & disabled workers and their families. NAIDW works every day with all members of the community to achieve this goal. Some of the Partners we work with are listed below...

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Workers' compensation links and resources for Injured & Disabled Canadian workers. Find Canada workers' compensation laws and rules, and assistance.


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The Advocator GroupOriginally posted on The Advocator Blog

"Fact: Every second, a worker in the U.S. becomes disabled. Then what?"

That is the question that Jon Arbay, Executive Director and founder of the National Association for Injured and Disabled Workers (NAIDW), found himself faced with after he suffered a disability that halted his career indefinitely.

Injury, illness, pain and disability cases can often pit the interests of an injured or disabled worker against the interests of an employer and insurer. For this reason, the workers compensation, injury and disability claims process can be adversarial and difficult and will often necessitate the use of an attorney who is experienced with regards to your specific claims.

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This wall/monument and museum is not just for workers injured and killed in the line of duty, it is a tribute for all injured & disabled workers who are still fighting the effects!

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Getting Started Work Injuries

If you have been injured, follow these steps carefully!

  1. Contact your employer immediately! (If Work Related)
  2. Seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you are injured.
  3. Follow up with doctors and specialists. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember that they are there to help you. Understanding your injury is vitally important.
  4. Get a second opinion. We are programmed not to question the opinion of doctors. However, a second opinion can make the difference between life and death.
  5. Seek legal counsel. Remember to always ask questions and get the information you need to be an active participant in your case. It is always important to assert yourself and be aware of the process.
  6. STOP spending and start saving. I say this with an extreme emphasis and I understand the difficulty. You have worked long and hard for your current lifestyle and giving it up seems out of the question. In the beginning, it will probably feel like things will remain the same, especially when you are being financially compensated. Yet the harsh reality is that the insurance company can terminate your benefits at any point. It’s important that you are prepared for them to do so because your medical and monetary benefits can be gone when you least expect it.
  7. Apply for Social Security Disability. Take this action if you believe that you will be out of work for more than one continuous year. This determination is only made by you and your doctor. However, it’s important you recognize that applying for Social Security Disability is a long and tedious process, and it’s always best to get a head start.
  8. Start talking to people. Friends and family will become vitally important. This is a very lonely process in which you need to stay mentally sharp and uncluttered. However, never discuss specific details about your case with anyone other than to your attorney, doctors, and immediate family.
  9. Seek mental health care if needed. Again, you need to keep thinking positive and moving forward.
  10. Stay strong, stay focused, don’t stand down, and do not allow yourself be taken advantage of—ever!
     

Getting Started With illness

If you have a chronic illness, follow these steps carefully!

Illnesses and Pain can range from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy to diabetes, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, and painful conditions like back pain and migraines.

 


Getting Started With Pain

 

If you have a pain disorder, follow these steps carefully!

Illnesses and Pain can range from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy to diabetes, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, and painful conditions like back pain and migraines.

 


Getting Started With Disability

 

If you have a disability, follow these steps carefully!

 

 


Getting Started Veterans Benefits

 

 

 


Financial Stability "7 Steps to Financial Stability for Injured & Disabled Workers"

 

1. Knowing for sure it’s possible! Understand that you can be financially stable if it's a priority for you (and it should be). Realize that any roadblocks you have about money are correctable. Others have done it and so can you.

2. Re-orient your thinking around becoming financially stable! This might require you to make substantial changes like cutting expenses by 25-40% and using the extra money tocreate a nest egg to sustain you until you are healthy. Invest in your own skills training in order toincrease your earnings. Make the emotional and self-worth shifts that are required to experience abundance.

3. Get yourself fully informed about the topic of finances! Read a book or find a financial planner who will help you understand your taxes, what compounding interest is, what good investments are, how much you’ll need when you retire etc. Start hanging around people you like who already have money and learn from them. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel here folks.

4. Create income where non existed! Increase fees, decrease expenses, be more productive, or find a new career entirely. Get into a field that offers opportunity, demand and growth (and pays well). Now might be the perfect time to pursue your dream job.

5. Build a cash base! There is a psychological feeling of security that comes with having more than you need. Create a plan to achieve this within 10 years, or sooner. Be realistic yet aggressive. Properly set up structures, supports and follow through will make having a cash reserve possible.

6. Protect what you have! Get plenty of insurance: medical, life, disability, homeowners/renters, business, and liability. Invest in very safe investments; no more than 10% in speculative investments. Remember, that without the “fear of loss”you’ll move forward naturally.

7. Start living well and include rewarding yourself periodically!

You don't have to wait to start enjoying your financial independence efforts; reward yourself now and again to keep it fun and stay motivated. In the meanwhile, spend money on truly valuable things like fresh food, a good quality mattress, clothingthat fits and makes you look your best.

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Disability Facts & Statistics

The statistics show that this can happen to you!

* In the last 10 minutes, 498 Americans became disabled. National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2008 Ed.

* In the U.S., a disabling injury occurs every 1 second, a fatal injury occurs every 4 minutes. National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2008 Ed.

* 3 in 10 workers entering the work force today will become disabled before retiring. Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet January 31, 2007

* 1 in 7 workers can expect to be disabled for five years or more before retirement. "Commissioners Disability Table, 1998," Health Insurance Association of America, the New York Times, February 2000

* An illness or accident will keep 1 in 5 workers out of work for at least a year before the age of 65. Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education, November, 2005

* Unexpected illnesses and injuries cause 350,000 personal bankruptcies each year. "Ilness and Injury as Contributors to Bankruptcy," Health Affairs, February 2, 2005

* Disability causes nearly 50% of all mortgage foreclosures, 2% are caused by death. Health Affairs, The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere, 2 February 2005

* Over 51 million Americans are classified as disabled, representing 18% of the population. U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office, November 2008

* Workers today are 3 times more likely to suffer a long-term disability than to die during their working years. The Council of Disability Insurers. Long-Term Disability Claims Review, 2005

* While many people think that disabilities are caused by freak accidents, the majority of long-term absences are due to back injuries and ilnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. Council for Disability Awareness, Long-Term Disability Claims Review, 2007

* The average long-term disability absence last 2.5 years. Commissioner's Individual Disability Table A

* Less than half- 39% of the 2.1 million workers who applied for SSDI benefits in 2005 were approved. Social Security Administration, Office of Disability and Income Security Programs

* The average monthly Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) payment is $1,004, replacing on average, about 33% of your current income. Social Security Administration, Fact Sheet, 2008

* 32% of individuals receiving long-term disability insurance benifits do not qualify for SSDI benefits, and 95% are not eligible for workers' compensation.

* According to the Federal Reserve, 44% of U.S. families spend more than they earn. Federal Reserve Board, Survey of Consumer Finances 2004

* 71% of American employees live from paycheck to paycheck. American Payroll Association, "Getting Paid in America" Survey, 2008


 

 

Workplace Injury & Death Statistics

The raw statistics are always startling: In 2009, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,340 workers were killed on the job—an average of 12 workers every day—and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases. More than 4.1 million work-related injuries and illnesses were reported, but this number understates the problem. The true toll of job injuries is two to three times greater—about 8 million to12 million job injuries and illnesses each year. And the cost in dollars alone? The cost of job injuries and illnesses is enormous—estimated at $159 billion to $318 billion a year for direct and indirect costs of disabling injuries.


 

 

Chronic Pain Facts & Statistics

Chronic Pain Community Facts and Statistics:

Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults and costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. - Source: IOM - http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Relieving-Pain-in-America-A-Blueprint-for-Transforming-Prevention-Care-Education-Research.aspx United States Department of Health and Human Services
- Source: P.A.N.D.O.R.A.

Disability Facts & Statistics

Disability Community Facts and Statistics
  • 650 million people living with disabilities (“PWD”) worldwide!
  • 50+ million PWDs living in the US alone!

 

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