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Service Animals – Comfort and Help for those with Disabilities

Appealing for benefits is best done under the guidance of an experienced disability lawyer.

Many people with disabilities find service animals help them navigate everyday life.

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Many establishments don’t allow pets, but they are required to allow service dogs to go where the general public can go by the ADA. An SS Disability Lawyer explains

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Many places don’t allow pets, but they are required to allow service dogs to go where the general public can go by the ADA.

Dogs are the most common service animal and the one with the most legal protection under the ADA.

When most people think of a service dog, the first thing to come to mind is a guide dog for the visually impaired. An estimated 2% of visually impaired people use service dogs, which correlates to an estimated 10,000 guide dogs in the United States.

There are many other types of service dog.

A well-trained dog can alert its owner of allergens, calm people with autism, prevent falls, detect blood sugar levels, alert the deaf of alarms, ease symptoms of mental illness, respond to seizures, or retrieve objects for those with mobility issues. Dogs can be trained to do incredible things and can be invaluable companions to those with a range of disabilities.

One of the most interesting applications of service dogs is the detection of medical emergencies.

When a diabetic has low blood sugar, their body produces isoprene which can be detected in their breath. A dog’s sense of smell is refined enough to pick up the scent and alert their owner. This is very useful when the owner is asleep and needs to be woken up to eat.

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The ADA requires that service dogs be allowed wherever the general public can go.

Many establishments have rules against allowing pets, but they are required to allow service dogs. Service dogs are required to be leashed and under the control of the handler. When a service animal enters an establishment, the staff are only allowed to ask if the animal is required because of a disability and what task the animal is trained to do. They cannot require documentation of either the dog or the individual.

Service Animals offer comfort

Dogs are the most common service animal and the one with the most legal protection under the ADA.

There are not many federal rules regulating service dogs.

A service dog is defined solely by its ability to perform a task that helps with its owner’s disability. There is no requirement for dogs to be professionally trained, registered or identified. There are companies that sell registrations, but these registrations do not give your animal any additional rights and are generally regarded as a scam. The ADA does not even make it illegal to say your pet dog is a service dog. However, many states, including Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas, do have criminal penalties for misrepresentation of an animal as a service animal.

State laws vary greatly on their treatment of service animals, but it should be noted that state law cannot supersede the ADA.

Texas has laws in place to prevent harassment of service animals and criminal penalties for those who deny access to service animals. Texas also has special provisions for helping service dogs in the event of a disaster.

Long Term Disability Lawyers

Unfortunately, service animals are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid and can be prohibitively expensive. While there are many non-profit organizations dedicated to providing service animals to the disabled, many people pay for their service animals with disability benefits. If you are incapable of working due to injury or illness, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance. Applying for Social Security benefits can be a difficult process and the majority of claims are initially denied. If you are considering applying for disability benefits, or if you have applied and your claim has been rejected, the disability advocates at Bemis, Roach and Reed are here to help. Having a professional representative who has experience filing claims can help improve the chances your application is approved. Contact the social security attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.

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Attorney Lloyd BemisAuthor: Attorney Lloyd Bemis has been practicing law for over 35 years. He is Superlawyers rated by Thomson Reuters and is Top AV Preeminent® and Client Champion Gold rated by Martindale Hubbell. Through his extensive litigation Mr. Bemis obtained dual board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Lloyd is admitted to practice in the United States District Court – all Texas Districts and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bemis is a member of the Travis County Bar Association. He has been active in the American Association for Justice and is a past Director of the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Bemis and all the members of Bemis, Roach & Reed have been active participants in the Travis County Lawyer referral service.

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