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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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Special Thanks To Our Sponsors & Partners!

These companies and organizations recognize the impact NAIDW has on families, communities, and the healthcare system. Their support provides the NAIDW Association with an opportunity to increase awareness of injured & disabled workers and to raise much needed funds to further our mission.

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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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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Some work may be performed by, or referred to, other attorneys licensed within your State. Case evaluations are always free to members and clients. A fee will only be taken by the attorney if there is a recovery for the client (contingency fee). Financial compensation for lost wages, injuries, and other damages is not guaranteed and may vary depending on individual circumstances.

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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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Federal Fraud: Whistle Blower Hotline!


Report Medicare Fraud:

http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/

http://www.healthreform.gov/fraud.html

Please use this link to report any fraud. You may or may not remain anonymous depending upon your state laws. You may also need to testify.

Keep in mind that the image of workers submitting fraudulent claims is, for the most part, false! Studies show that only 1 to 2 percent of workers' compensation claims are fraudulant. However, there are still people out there that are abusing the system.

Insurance companies have shaped this stigma through decades of similar claims. Remember, fraud is not commited by workers only. You can also report your insurance company, employer, and any doctors or treatment centers with inflated claims. - http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/

 


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

Our members, 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.

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NAIDW is a one stop destination and the "Go To" resource for all injured & disabled workers and their families suffering from the results of injury, illness, pain, and disability. With an audience composed mostly of individuals looking for support and guidance for their related injury, illness, pain or disability, NAIDW provides a host of resources for visitors and members, including a comprehensive online directory of professionals, numerous financial aid grants, as well as other relevant information.

NAIDW is one of the most trafficked sites about injured & disabled workers on the web. It gets well over 23,410 unique visitors a month and close to 52,618 pageviews. At NAIDW, we're constantly keeping up on news and issues that are most relevant to our visitors, and pride ourselves on publishing premium content all the time. At NAIDW, we provide a wide variety of sponsorship and advertising opportunities to help bring visibility to your business. We've created a platform that will help you engage with your clients and present your brand at the forefront of the industry.

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Disability Community Facts and Statistics:

650 million people living with disabilities ("PWD") worldwide!
50+ million PWDs living in the US alone!

The US PWD Economy consists of:

- $300 billion spent annually on goods, services and activities specific to their disabilities
- $1trillion in purchasing power
- $135+ billion in discretionary income
- $13.6+ billion on travel in 2004

Research shows that US PWDs are highly motivated to spend money in areas that significantly improve their quality of life PWD excludes people "directly affected by" disabilities or functional limitations: i.e., caregivers, immediate family member or friend, recreation or rehabilitation providers. Adults with disabilities spend on average, twice as much time online as adults without disabilities. 25 hours per week compared to 10 hours per week. - Source: American Demographics Chronic Pain Community Facts and Statistics:

It is estimated that 116 million Americans are suffering from chronic pain! It is estimated that 20 MILLION AMERICANS are stricken by Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders. Worldwide the estimates can be staggering. Recently a demographics expert suggested that between 23-28 million individuals are now suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME worldwide.
- Source: P.A.N.D.O.R.A.

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Welcome Members and Visitors:

The National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers NAIDW® is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable foundation that advocates on behalf of injured & disabled workers and their families. 

NAIDW's purpose is to provide FREE unlimited resources, support, guidance and short-term financial assistance to injured & disabled workers and their families that suffer from the result of an injury, illness, chronic pain, disability and death. Best of all, an NAIDW® membership is absolutely free for all injured & disabled workers and their families. 100% of all donation funds are put directly to work for those who need it most.

Since 2009, NAIDW.org has been the official workers' rights & disability benefits website for all workers. We are proud to have served millions of workers and their families in their time of need, providing them with easy, online access to information and eligibility criteria for local, State and Federal benefit and assistance programs.

Our mission remains the same as it was when we began: reduce the time and difficulty of injured & disabled workers and their families searching for resources while increasing access to support and benefit information.

The site’s core function is the community support groups and forums, a tool that allows workers to interact with other injured & disabled workers as well as service providers, and industry professionals who are also dedicated to our cause.

The Realities of Injury, illness, chronic pain, disability and death!

Did you know that, every second, a worker is injured in the United States—a country where most families live paycheck to paycheck? In fact, 50% of all home foreclosures occur as a result of income loss after disability. Yet, Workers' Compensation benefits only pay 66% of your lost income, which might not be so bad if you are one of the lucky ones who's claim is not being disputed and denied! And if that wasen't bad enough, social security disability benefits only pay about 33% of your lost income. And as if that weren’t hard enough, these vital benefits are denied to injured & disabled workers over 60% of the time.

Disability Community Facts and Statistics

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

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 to 12 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 Community Facts & 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 -  It is estimated that 20 MILLION AMERICANSare stricken by Neuroendocrineimmune Disorders. Worldwide the estimates can be staggering. Recently a demographics expert suggested that between 23-28 million individuals are now suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME worldwide.
- Source: P.A.N.D.O.R.A.

What’s more is that injury, illness, pain and disability doesn’t just affect income; it damages relationships within families and drains the joy from our lives. The physical and emotional effects of this stress and isolation lead to depression and mental illness. With no way to earn a living, and no support for our cause, how are we expected to survive?

The world looks down on people who have been injured or disabled, assuming that we are lazy, or taking advantage of the system. Insurance companies have shaped this stigma through decades of similar claims. As a result, injured or disabled people feel completely alone.

Join NAIDW and start the process of recovery. We know what you’re going through and what you need to pull through, because we are injured & disabled workers ourselves. Get the help and information you need to put the pieces of your life back together. Through the community of vital support and resources, you can take a step toward change.

Benefits of Free Membership:

  • You'll get our bi-monthly NAIDW publication, the INJURED INSIDER - an online e-action newsletter sent right to your computer with critical information about issues you need to know about and act upon.
  • You'll have access to a wide variety of benefits exclusive member only discounts on products and services.
  • You'll be eligible to apply for grants for financial assistance.
  • Plus, you'll get access to the NAIDW Community Online - an interactive network of other injured and disabled members that share your experience:
    • Connect with other members, Join Groups, share conversations...
    • Full powered discussion forums built directly into groups that allow for more conventional in-depth conversations.
    • Private messaging allowing members to talk to each other directly, and in private.
    • Global, personal and group activity streams with threaded commenting, and direct posting.
  • Access to the entire NAIDW website
  • Extensive directory of professionals that can help you get back on track
  • Clear and accurate information on topics directly related to injured & disabled workers
  • Discounted services from quality professionals

The NAIDW Directory

Our professional directory offers quick access to service providers who are dedicated to helping injured & disabled workers and their families. And many providers offer discounted services up to 20% for NAIDW members.

The NAIDW National Discount Drug Card

NAIDW's National Drug Card, was created to help people with little or no prescription drug insurance to save money on their prescription drugs.  This includes, but is not limited to, injured & disabled workers and their families, veterans, senior citizens, on fixed incomes and Medicare; self-employed business-people who have to pay their own medical costs; families; college students; and those who have recently lost their jobs and benefits and may be struggling financially.

Additionally, many people who have prescription benefits use our card to receive discounts on drugs not covered by their prescription plan (e.g. dermatology, elective procedures, weight loss, anti-smoking, and hormone therapy drugs).

Our Free Discount Prescription Card can save 10% - 85% on all FDA approved brand-name and generic drugs.  The card can be used at over 58.000 pharmacies nationwide including:

CVS, WALGREENS, RITE-AID, WAL-MART, TARGET,  KROGER, K-MART, PUBLIX, SAFEWAY, COSTCO, SAMS and many more including local independent pharmacies and regional chains.

NAIDW is proud to provide our FREE prescription drug card to millions of people across the country to help them reduce their healthcare costs. We hope this money savings card will benefit you, your family and friends.

If you are a injured or disabled worker or a family member, you know how difficult it is to find the help you need. The lack of resources and support can turn your life into a shell of what it once was. But you don’t have to fight this alone. We connect people who have experienced a injury, illness, pain, disability and death first hand. We understand what you’re going through: the frustration, fear, and hopelessness. But here, you will unite with a community of peers and professionals who have joined together to fight back.

We believe our ideas can change the world, and we want to let other people know how they can join in and make all of our lives better.” – Jon A. Arbay, Executive Director & Founder of NAIDW®

Warmest Regards,

Jon A. Arbay

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