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How To Cope With A Permanent Or Temporary Disability

It’s a scary fact, but we could be affected by disability at any time. There is no telling what is going to happen tomorrow. You could be hit by a bus and suffer temporary or permanent leg injuries. You could wake up tomorrow and for no understandable reason, not be able to move your arms. As horrifying as this sounds, it has happened and there is nothing to say it couldn’t happen to you. With that in mind, I think it’s important to know how to cope with a temporary or permanent disability.

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Continuing To Work

Depending on your job and the disability, it’s quite possible that you will be able to continue to work. There are many jobs these days that allow for someone with a disability to complete their work effectively. Indeed, employers are obligated by law not to discriminate against people who have disabilities. However, a permanent or temporary disability can also put us out of work. For instance, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to continue being a tour guide if you can no longer walk. It might be a temporary problem. You might have broken your legs on a hillwalking trip. But, even if this is the case you could still be off work for some weeks where you are not receiving any income. Or, it could be more permanent and a serious problem with your back. Then, you need to think about bigger changes to your lifestyle.

Getting Help

Whether temporary or permanent you should apply for disability benefits such as social security. This will make sure you can still provide for yourself while you can not work. The problem is that applications for these benefits are often rejected, unfairly. At this point you need to apply, for a social security disability appeal. To make sure this process is smooth and has no other issues, it’s best to hire an attorney. They’ll get you the funds you need as quickly as possible before it starts affecting your lifestyle. It should be noted that if the injury was caused by someone other than yourself, you might be entitled to bigger amounts of compensation.

Working From Home

If you are affected by disability, you might want to consider working from home instead. These days there are lots of jobs that can be completed from the comfort of your home. There are a few reasons why you should do this. Firstly, it will give you the chance to continue to earn a stable income as well as the benefits you are entitled to. This can make your quality of life a lot better. If the injury is only temporary, you may still want to continue working. Doing nothing around the house for weeks on end can quite easily lead to the development of depression or anxiety.


If your disability is temporary, you will recover, and your life will gradually get back to normal. But, if the disability is permanent you will still have to go through a form of recovery. You will have to reach acceptance of this change in your life and learn how to adjust. This can be difficult, but it is possible to do this and live a perfectly normal life. Remember you can’t spell disabled without able.