Florida Personal Injury & Social Security Disability Attorney
View our Practice Areas

Kissimmee Social Security Disability Law Blog

Florida senator supports proposal to modify SSD benefits programs

Many Florida residents are aware of the concerns surrounding Social Security benefits. In fact, most Americans have heard of various proposals and changes made to Social Security in order to maintain its viability for years to come. While there is no clear fix to keep these necessary programs running smoothly, there are some proposals being currently debated.

According to recent reports, Florida Senator Marco Rubio has joined ranks with two other conservative lawmakers to propose reform for Social Security disability benefits. After noting that SSD benefits are currently consuming more in government dollars, their new proposal will alter the evaluation process and how the SSA determines eligibility of applicants.

Is bipolar a qualified mental condition for SSD benefits?

Suffering from a mental illness or condition can be life-altering. Many residents in Florida suffer a wide range of mental conditions, some of them long-term and disabling. When a person is battling bipolar disorder, for example, it often means that he or she will not be able to maintain gainful employment.

In these situations, the SSA has provided two related programs that are often vital to applicants. While SSDI and SSI can help individuals suffering from this mental condition, he or she must first qualify for these government programs.

Helping you navigate the SSD process for a debilitating injury

When residents in Florida become injured, he or she likely has a plan to recover from this unfortunate situation. Even during tough times, it is likely that individuals will receive the care needed for the injury. In matters where the injury is debilitating, however, this can be challenging to maintain the money flow for treatment and offset the financial hardships caused by the inability to work. In these cases, Social Security Disability benefits hold a useful and necessary position in society.

Disability programs are complex, so it not always easy for injured individuals to initiate the process. Additionally, obstacles and hurdles are frequently encountered, making it difficult for applicants to navigate the process on their own. Although it is not always easy to ask for help, it is often imperative that applicants understand the process, what requirements are needed, what benefits they could potentially receive and how long these benefits could remain in effect.

Seeking SSD benefits for an organic mental disorder

Suffering from a mental illness can be a very debilitating situation. It is not only a condition that causes an individual mental and even physical impairments, it can make it challenging to enjoy life or maintain gainful employment. Therefore, it is not only important to take any type of mental disorder seriously but it is also imperative to consider what financial options are available to those suffering from a mental condition.

For some, it is difficult to ascertain what is considered a mental condition and what makes it a debilitating disorder. This post will focus on organic mental conditions, which is a dysfunction of the brain that could have permanent or temporary results. It is described as a condition that causes reduced brain functions as a result of illnesses rather than a psychiatric condition.

Understanding if you qualify for SSI benefits

When individuals hear Social Security benefits, it is likely they think about the government program in which individuals must pay into in order to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits should they later need them.

But not every one who needs financial assistance because of a disability is eligible for this program. This is often because they have not earned enough work credits by holding a job. But when a disabling injury or illness makes it impossible to work, individuals in Tampa need help meeting their basic needs.

Helping you seek SSD benefits for disabling injury or illness

Whether you were born with a disability or acquired one during life due to an injury or an illness, living with a disability can be life altering. The complications stemming from a debilitating condition can often make it difficult or impossible to work. And for Tampa area residents unable to obtain or maintain gainful employment, it can be problematic when it comes to medical expenses and affording the cost of living.

Living with a disability is not only emotionally, mentally and physically challenging, it is also likely to cause much financial hardship. That is why our law firm is dedicated to helping individuals obtain the Social Security Disability benefits he or she is entitled to. At The Lawrence Law Firm, our experienced legal team is prepared to help our clients at any phase of the process, helping them overcome the challenges presented by a disability.

Don't navigate the Social Security process alone

For many citizens, the importance of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cannot be overstated. In distressing times and situations, these programs provide a vital safety net, allowing individuals facing extremely difficult circumstances to stay afloat. Applying for these programs can sometimes be a confusing process that involves many different elements, information and steps, so it's important to be aware of the necessities.

Even more difficult, however, can be keeping up with the various changes and transitions the programs undergo over time. Sometimes, qualifying conditions change depending on what ailment a person is experiencing or there may be different types of medical proof one needs to present in order to make their case as solid as possible. It's important to be aware of these types of changes as they could potentially affect the assistance an individual is receiving or an application about to be submitted.

Obtaining SSD benefits after disability has improved

Those who are familiar with the Social Security disability system know that the claims adjudication process can be quite lengthy. Some individuals find themselves waiting for months, or even a year or more, just to have their initial claim heard. Then, if that initial claim is denied, these individuals may need to wait longer to obtain a decision on their appeal. As the Social Security disability system seeks to provide compensation to disabled individuals while they are unable to work, some Floridians may find themselves wondering what happens if, while they are awaiting a claim adjudication, their disability improves and they are able to return to work.

This is a common issue that the Social Security Administration recognizes. As a result, the SSA has implemented what is known as a closed period of disability. This period of disability is considered closed because its start and end dates are already established at the time the disability claim is adjudicated. This means that, provided there is enough evidence supporting the granting of SSD benefits, an individual may be able to recover compensation even if his or her claim is not heard until after the disability has improved.

Government workers more likely to be injured on the job

Working can be a dangerous activity. Construction workers may operate near heavy machinery and fast-moving traffic, firefighters can run into burning buildings, and even office workers can be subjected to repetitive motions that can leave them injured. Although the workers' compensation system may prove beneficial for those who are unable to work for a certain period of time, for many Floridians, their injuries are too severe to resume normal life. For these individuals, it may be wise to seek out Social Security disability benefits.

These benefits may be useful to more individuals than many think. In fact, a study recently found that government workers are more prone to workplace injuries than those in the private sector. Statistics show that there were approximately five injuries or illnesses per every 100 government workers, with police officers and firefighters being the most susceptible. This compares to just three injuries or illnesses per 100 private sector workers.

Breast cancer may qualify for compassionate allowance

Social Security Disability benefits are available to those who can prove that they have an injury or medical condition that renders them unable to work. The process of recovering these benefits can be lengthy, as claims adjudicators are backed up and gathering and presenting evidence can take some time. But some disabled individuals can't wait the many months it takes to receive an adjudication. For these individuals, their condition may be so severe that they may not expect to live long enough to go through the process as normal. Yet, bills stop for no one, and even these disabled individuals need to find a way to make ends meet.

The good news is that the Social Security Administration gives out compassionate allowances. Under this program, the SSA quickly adjudicates claims where the medical condition is so obviously disabling that full medical documentation is unnecessary. Similar to a standard SSD benefits claim, the SSA has created a list of medical conditions that may qualify for a compassionate allowance.