There are many members of the military and former members of the military in Florida. Given the number of service members who have been in combat, it’s no surprise that some are returning to the U.S. with injuries that result in an inability to work. There are often questions as to what wounded warriors can do to determine if they are eligible for qualifying SSD benefits for injury. The Social Security Administration has criteria for wounded warriors to receive benefits.
When a military member or former military member seeks Social Security disability benefits, all of the relevant information including dates of service and medical information must be provided. The claim will be referred to the state disability determination services office. The DDS is responsible for making the determination as to whether or not there is disability. Experts in vocational and medical issues will communicate with treating physicians and medical professionals regarding the situation. A claimant might need to have examinations conducted by medical professionals for the SSA.
The amount of time it takes to receive a decision varies. It is contingent on the disability; the amount of time it takes for the medical information to be acquired and studied by the SSA; and if it is required for the claimant to be examined further. It is possible to expedite the decision if the disabling condition happened while an active member of the military. It also helps to have the medical information, including where the treatment was given, handy.
The SSA must also be kept apprised of address changes, hospitalizations, medical treatments and outpatient facilities visited. Once the fact that the claimant is a former member of the military is established, the process will be sped up. Family members might also be eligible. If the spouse is 62 or older; cares for a child of the claimant who is under the age of 16 or disabled; if there is an unmarried child or other dependent who is younger than 18; or if the child has a disability that manifested prior to the age of 22, this is possible.
Wounded warriors who are suffering from a disability, have accrued medical expenses and show an inability to work might meet the benefits’ requirements to be approved and have the decision expedited. Those who fall into this category need to understand how to pursue benefits with the help of a Social Security disability attorney.
Source: ssa.gov, “Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors,” accessed on May 19, 2015