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SSD benefits may be paid to a disabled individual's spouse

If you have been hit by a serious injury or illness that has left you unable to work, then seeking Social Security disability benefits may be your only option for financial stability. Those who are able to successfully obtain these benefits can pay off medical expenses and recoup their lost wages, but certain federal requirements must be met before the Social Security Administration will grant these benefits. However, as you may well know, disability may not only affect you, but your spouse, too.

Must you be completely disabled in order to receive benefits?

Before the Social Security Administration will grant an individual's claim for Social Security Disability benefits, it must be satisfied that the individual meets certain federal requirements. The extent of an individual's medical condition, of course, is paramount, which is why the SSA has created a listing of qualify medical conditions. Yet, not every injury or illness is laid out in the listing. Does this mean that an individual who suffers extensive pain and suffering is unable from successfully claiming SSD benefits?

Social Security disability and its work incentives

Social Security disability benefits aim to give financial relief to those who are temporarily or permanently disabled. Since not all disabling conditions are permanent, the Social Security Administration hopes that some of the people on its disability roll will eventually return to work and therefore no longer need disability benefits. This is why the SSA conducts reevaluations of disabled individual's medical conditions. It is also why the SSA provides certain benefits to those who actively seek to return back to work.

Many lose SSD benefits after claims of fraud

Previously on this blog we discussed the history of the Social Security disability system and how, over the last 40 years or so, the number of individuals receiving SSD benefits has risen from about 1.8 million to more than 10 million. With the increase in governmental spending for the program, the Social Security Administration and the administrative law judges it hires to adjudicate claims have sought to crack down on those they believe are undeserving of benefits.

Florida SSD attorney assists with claims, appeals, reevaluations

Obtaining and retaining Social Security disability benefits can be an ongoing battle. The Social Security Administration is not only stingy in granting initial SSD claims, but they are constantly reevaluating claims to see if disabled individuals remain disabled and unable to work. As we discussed last week on the blog, this means that you may need to be prepared to present medical evidence that your medical condition is recurrent, chronic, and, if you are facing a reevaluation, unimproved. Additionally, you'll need to convince the SSA that your condition has rendered you unable to engage in substantially gainful employment.

Treated unfairly by Administrative Law Judge?

Disabled individuals who have a hearing on their Social Security disability claim before an administrative law judge can find themselves concerned about the outcome, and rightly so. After all, their financial well-being may be on the line. Sometimes, these claim are granted. Other times, though, they are denied for a variety of reasons. Even if a claimant disputes the outcome, many of these reasons are valid and can be challenged on appeal. In some cases, though, a disabled individual may believe that he or she was treated unfairly by their administrative law judge. When this happens, it might be time to notify the Social Security Administration.

"Recurrence" of immune system disorders

If you suffer from some sort of immune system disorder, then you likely face challenges in your day-to-day life. You might suffer excruciating pain brought on by certain illnesses and diseases, and you may find yourself worrying about your physical health in the future. Additionally, you may have significant financial concerns, especially if your medical condition has left you disabled and unable to work. If this is the case, then you very well might qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but you'll have to demonstrate that you meet federal requirements first.

What is disorganization of motor function for SSD purposes?

Readers of this blog are well aware that certain federal requirements must be met before Social Security disability benefits are awarded to an individual. These requirements are often injury or illness specific, and they can be very detailed. Although it can be easy to get lost in the complex medical terminology used in the government's listed requirements, fully understanding them is imperative if a disabled individual wants to put forth a compelling claim.