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Disabled woman loses SSD benefits for improved health

The requirements a disabled individual must meet in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits are meant to reserve funds for those who are most deserving. However, the government's tight pocketbook and the interplay between the SSD process and other benefits programs can have dire consequences for individuals who are struggling just to get by.

PTSD affects millions of Americans

When Floridians hear about post-traumatic stress disorder, many think of military service members who have been exposed to explosions and gun fights. While these individuals certainly may develop the condition, they are not the only people who can be affected by PTSD. PTSD suffers can experience a wide-array of symptoms, and the results can have a drastic impact on their day-to-day lives. For some, the condition is disabling, making it impossible for them to find and hold employment. This, in turn, can lead to financial instability.

SSD benefits for respiratory conditions and medical documentation

Social Security Disability benefits can make a big difference in the lives of Florida residents who are unable to work due to an illness or injury. But in order to qualify for SSD benefits, an individual has to meet the strict requirements laid out by the Social Security Administration. This can be difficult depending on the condition from which an individual suffers. Efforts by the claimant to seek treatment for the disease, illness, or injury may make pursuing a claim a little more challenging.

We assist in the fight to recover SSD benefits

It can be distressing to think about, but there is a whole host of diseases, disorders, illnesses, and injuries that strike us, seemingly without a moment's notice. While some of us may fear that one of these conditions will befall us or a loved one, hundreds of thousands of Americans live with disabilities on a daily basis. Many times, these individuals are unable to live what others would consider a normal life. Their daily activities may be limited, their social lives restricted, and their work life nonexistent.

What is "substantial gainful activity" for an SSD benefits claim?

Before an individual can successfully claim Social Security disability benefits, he or she must prove they meet the requirements laid out by the Social Security Administration. Depending on the injury or illness that has left an individual disabled, differing requirements may apply. However, there are certain requirements that apply to all SSD benefits claims.

SSD benefits may be available for those with Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects a significant portion of our population. The condition, which can be classified as mosaic or non-mosaic in nature, can drastically affect an individual's ability to live what many would consider a normal life. Those who suffer from non-mosaic Down syndrome, where there are three copies of chromosome 21, may be physically developmentally delayed and/or suffer from intellectual disability. These individuals oftentimes suffer from congenital heart disease, hearing loss, vision impairment, and other issues that affect certain parts of their bodies.

Confirming cystic fibrosis for SSD purposes

Cystic fibrosis is a debilitating disease that can have a tremendous impact on a Floridian's life. The disease can prevent a sufferer from living a normal life and preclude any possibility of obtaining and maintaining employment. Medical expenses and lost wages may leave the patient and their family with financial troubles that can be long-lasting, especially as the need for long-term care may be very real. These individuals may turn to the Social Security disability system for help, but in order to be successful in their pursuit of compensation, they need to prove their condition qualifies for SSD benefits.

Woman denied SSD benefits for not meeting work requirements

Social Security disability benefits can be a financial lifesaver for those suffering from a disability. Oftentimes, those who are thinking about applying for SSD benefits concern themselves with whether they fit the Social Security Administration's definition of "disabled." It is true that this is a critical aspect of the SSD claims process, but it is not, by any means, the only factor that comes into play. As we have discussed previously on this blog, an individual who is seeking SSD benefits also needs to demonstrate that he or she has adequate work history.

SSD benefits and proving musculoskeletal disability

Those who are unable to work on account of a disability may be entitled to compensation via the Social Security disability system. Yet, before benefits are awarded, a claimant must prove that he or she fits the Social Security Administration's definition of "disabled." Though this sounds like a simple enough word to define, it is fluid depending on the disability in question. As an example, let us look at musculoskeletal issues.