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December 3rd: International Day of Persons with Disabilities


First proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1992, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The observance promotes understanding of disability issues and raises support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. A fully detailed description of the UN resolution is available here.

Closer to Home

In the United States, there are two primary sources of financial support available to persons with disabilities: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits:

  • The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides SSDI to workers with medical issues who are unable to work. To receive SSDI, applicants must be totally disabled. While the SSA considers a range of conditions, applicants must prove they will be out of work for over one year—or that their condition “will result in death.”
  • The VA provides disability benefits to military veterans who have been disabled during active duty. They examine military service medical records and base determinations solely on illnesses and injuries which occurred during active duty. Benefits are based on severity, with an assigned disability rating of 0-100%.

Comparing SSDI and VA Benefits

SSDI and VA Disability differ not only in scope, but in how the two programs are funded. The former is a tax-funded insurance program paid into by workers under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act and Self-Employment Contributions Act. The latter, in contrast, is not considered an insurance program. Rather, it is not funded by taxes paid by military personnel, but is funded through the VA itself.

We Can Help.

If you are disabled and unable to work, contact Daggett Shuler Law for help. An experienced disability attorney can handle all of the paperwork and details necessary to work to secure the disability benefits you may deserve.

If you have questions about disability benefits, or if your claim has been denied, call Daggett Shuler at 336-724-1234. When you call, you will speak with a North Carolina Disability Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the benefits you may deserve. 

Daggett Shuler Law – You Can Depend on Us.

I was seriously injured at work in June of 2016, requiring surgery and hardware to repair the damage done. My ego and ignorance of the law led me back to work after a long and painful recuperating span. After struggling to come to terms with the fact that I was not physically able to do the things I once could, circumstances and my son Tim led me to Daggett Shuler. They were very attentive as I explained my situation and very thorough in explaining my options and what I might expect in pursuing them. I was assigned to Chris Wilkie as my attorney and would be in contact with John Dillard throughout the process. Both gentlemen were complete professionals from start to finish and I would like to express my gratitude to them both and to the whole law firm. Their kindness and knowledgeable guidance now allows me to pursue the next chapter in my life with financial stability no longer an issue. I would recommend Daggett Shuler to anyone in need of legal services. I would also recommend that you do not wait like I did but contact them immediately because the sooner you speak with them, the sooner you will be at ease knowing what to expect and that you have a great team on your side. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!!!

William Gribble