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What tests are acceptable for best-corrected visual acuity?

This blog has previously discussed vision loss as it related to Social Security disability. Those who are deemed legally blind, or have significant vision loss even after being corrected, may be able to qualify for SSD benefits, enabling them to receive compensation to help cover medical expenses and lost wages. Yet, the rules for determining vision loss can be painstakingly complicated. Therefore, it may be beneficial to discuss how the Social Security Administration assesses vision loss.

Pursing SSD benefits for injuries when initial claim denied

Throughout time, fate throws curveballs that can change the direction of our lives. For many Floridians, this means a suffering a disabling injury or illness that leaves them unable to work. As we discussed last week, these conditions can often arise in the aftermath of a serious car accident. Recouping from these injuries can take a significant amount of time, and for some the healing process never ends. When these individuals are unable to work for a significant period of time on account of their disability, then it may be time to seek out Social Security disability benefits.

What accounts for the rise in SSD claims?

Time has had an effect on every aspect of our lives, and the Social Security disability system is no exception. In 1990, less than two-and-a-half percent of all working Americans qualified for Social Security disability benefits. In 2015, though, more than five percent of working Americans qualified. This large increase has put strain on the financial viability of the Social Security disability system, a strain that leaves many disabled individuals concerned about their benefits.

Can I receive SSD benefits after a car accident?

Whether or not you can successfully claim Social Security disability benefits after a car accident really depends on the severity of your injuries. The Social Security Administration lists a number of injuries and illnesses that qualify for SSD benefits. However, merely meeting the qualifications listed for a given medical condition may not be enough to qualify you for benefits, as the disabling condition must also lead to an inability to work.

How are SSD benefits paid out?

Many Floridians who have suffered a disabling injury or illness and are thus no longer able to work know that they need money so that they can pay their living expenses. We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing how to successfully obtain SSD benefits, but in this post we wanted to take a look at the logistics of disability pay. What, exactly, will happen once your claim is approved?

Disabled woman has SSD benefits reduced after baseball gift

For those who have suffered debilitating injuries and illnesses, Social Security disability can provide the financial lifeline they need to get by. Depending on the severity of their disability and their work history, a disabled individual may be able to recover hundreds of dollars a month in benefits. Those who are unable to work come to rely on these funds to pay for their housing and food.

Florida firm utilizing evidence to pursue SSD benefits

The Social Security Administration tries to be as specific as possible when defining disabilities that qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. This effort is an attempt to make adjudication of SSD claims easier, and leave little room for disagreement. Yet, as readers of this blog know, despite the SSA's efforts, the Social Security Disability process is full of gray areas. This is why even those who have their claims denied have the ability to appeal their denial in hopes of recovering the compensation they need.

Untreated digestive impairments may qualify for SSD benefits

Every illness and injury that may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Social Security Administration. In addition to determining whether or not you meet the federal requirements for a listed disability, the SSA will also look to see if you have received any treatment for your medical condition and how, if at all, it has affected your condition. This holds true for many conditions, including those that affect the digestive system.

Obesity and its effect on SSD benefits claims

Readers of this blog know that there are a number of medical conditions that may qualify them for Social Security disability benefits. Physical, emotional, and mental conditions may all fall under "disability" as defined by the Social Security Administration. Yet, there are some health issues that do not directly fall under disability, but they may contribute to other medical conditions that do qualify as a disability. For example, one of our previous posts discussed substance abuse and how, if it creates a disabling condition, then an individual may recover benefits under that specific disability.