Qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be difficult for some and very easy for others. It all depends on the individual situation. The application process is straightforward and if you don't follow it step-by-step, you risk having it denied the first time. So, what requirements must be met in order to obtain Social Security Disability benefits in Florida?
If you are injured at work or become sickened with an illness that prevents you from going back to work for a period of 12 months or more, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. These benefits will help you manage your finances and health as you recover from the illness or go through rehabilitation for your injury in Kissimmee, Florida. So, what can you use these benefits for?
As previous posts here have mentioned, it can be a difficult process for residents of Central Florida to get disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, even if they have a bona fide illness or injury. The obstacles with getting these benefits are one reason why many Florida residents seek out the assistance of a Social Security attorney when filing their disability claim or appealing a denial of their claim.
A previous post on this blog talked about how the recent federal budget proposal, which passed through Congress, offers some promise that the Social Security Administration will get additional funding that it can use to reduce the growing backlog of administrative appeals awaiting a hearing.
Celebrating Women's History Month this month means looking at how far women have come over the past decades. However, it also means looking at what constraints and difficulties they still face. Are women afforded the same rights and benefits? And do they have access to the same programs as their counterparts?
A common misconception about the Social Security Disability program, particularly benefits offered through SSDI program as opposed to SSI, or Supplemental Security Income, is that it is a "welfare" system for those who, on a flimsy excuse, choose not to continue working. Aside from the fact that most Florida residents who apply for disability benefits have medically documented conditions that are, to some extent, preventing them from working, the reality is that the SSDI program is available only to people who actually have some work history.
Contrary to some rumors, it is not true that undocumented immigrants can get Social Security disability benefits the same way that an American citizen who lives in Central Florida can. In fact, someone who is not in this country legally is not eligible for Social Security.
While this blog has frequently discussed the requirements that Floridians have to meet in order to show that they are legally disabled for the purpose of getting disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, oftentimes, disabled residents of Kissimmee or other parts of Central Florida also need to be mindful of their income and assets.
A previous post on this blog discussed how, although the situation is improving, there is still a great deal of inconsistency in how administrative law judges decide requests for review after a person gets denied Social Security disability benefits. Some of these judges tend to award benefits in almost every case, while others are much stingier when it comes to handing out benefits, granting them less than half the time.
Many Florida residents who count on disability benefits or who are applying for Social Security Disability may have heard about the news of a partial government shutdown with concern, even though as it stands, it appears the partial shutdown has passed.