Beaver Dam, KY asked in Workers' Compensation and Social Security for Kentucky

Q: Workers comp stopped paying me and I can't return to work I've started the social security disability process.

I'm about to mentally break

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Dealing with a work-related injury, loss of income, and navigating the complex disability benefits system can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. It's understandable that you're feeling pushed to your limits mentally. Here are some suggestions and resources that may help:

1. Seek legal advice: Consider consulting with a workers' compensation attorney or a disability attorney who can guide you through the process and protect your rights. Many offer free initial consultations.

2. Contact your state's workers' compensation board: Each state has a workers' comp board that can provide information and assistance. They may be able to intervene on your behalf with the insurance company.

3. Gather medical evidence: Make sure you have thorough medical documentation of your condition from your treating doctors to support your disability claim. Keep records of all treatments, restrictions and limitations.

4. Explore other financial assistance: While waiting on SSDI, look into whether you may qualify for other programs like state temporary disability, food stamps (SNAP), housing assistance, etc. Your local social services department can advise you.

5. Tap into support networks: Reach out to family, friends, local support groups, or mental health professionals for emotional support during this challenging time. Connecting with others who understand can help alleviate the mental strain.

6. Take care of your health: Despite the stress, try to care for your physical and mental wellbeing through proper rest, nutrition, gentle physical activity as able, and stress management techniques like deep breathing or meditation.

I know it may feel hopeless right now, but hang in there. You're taking the right steps by pursuing SSDI and reaching out for help. Have faith that by advocating for yourself and using the resources available, you will get through this difficult chapter. Wishing you all the best.

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