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How do I kick off the SSD benefits appeals process?


Losing an initial claim for Social Security disability can be disheartening and threaten to burden people with continued financial hardship. As discouraging as a denial can be, though, people can't let it get the best of them. After all, the process does allow people to file an appeal, which they should carefully consider if SSD benefits are going to prove to be a financial lifeline for them and their family.

What must be submitted for an initial SSD claim?


The Social Security disability claims process can be complicated, especially when an initial claim is denied and an appeal is sought. It can be easy to get bogged down in these complexities and fail to see the big picture. This is a mistake, just as is lack of attention to detail, when filing a claim. Therefore, this week we briefly wanted to look at what is required to file an initial claim for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration.

Joint pain, abnormalities and SSD benefits


Many Floridians suffer from aches and pains in their joints. Though many are able to take pain relievers and manage the effects through physical therapy, some Floridians are left with such pain and limited movement that they are unable to work and earn a living wage. When this happens, the financial realities of unemployment can set in, causing stress, fear and, in some cases, panic.

VA disability claims backlog still too large


Our country's military veterans have made a great sacrifice for the protection and betterment of our society. After giving so much for our country, the least they should expect is to be cared for when they come home. Though there are many programs in existence aimed at helping veterans, the sad reality is that many of these systems are deeply flawed. One of the most troublesome programs is veterans' disability claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Administrative law judges and their role in SSD claims process


The Social Security disability process is a legal realm all its own. Though for many the legal process conjures images of robed judges and juries, the SSD benefits claims process is different. Primarily because Social Security hearings are considered administrative in nature, many of the elements seen in criminal and civil matters are irrelevant.

When SSD benefits are at risk, many turn to us


Floridians who have successfully obtained Social Security disability benefits may feel like they have the financial security they need to live their lives. While this may be true to a certain extent, as was discussed last week on the blog, there may be instances when people's benefits come under review and their continuance is in jeopardy. In these instances, it is imperative that SSD benefit recipients prepare to protect their right to claim those benefits, which means knowing the law, gathering the appropriate documentation, and making convincing arguments.

Reasons why SSD benefits may be stopped


Many readers of this blog know that Social Security disability benefits can provide significant financial relief to help them may medical expenses, rent, utility bills, food costs and other daily living expenses. Yet, unless an individual is permanently disabled, Social Security disability is meant to be temporary until a disabled individual is able to get back to work. Therefore, as has been discussed previously on this blog, the Social Security Administration routinely reevaluates disability status.

Legislation proposed to get disabled individuals back to work


Floridians who have been listening to the news lately might find themselves concerned about the livelihood of the Social Security disability system. It is a legitimate concern because if the SSD system fails, many Americans will be left without much needed compensation to cover their bills at a time when they are unable to work. But, the general public isn't the only entity to take notice. The U.S. Congress is also searching for a way to keep the system afloat.

Do I have to report wages when I get SSD benefits through SSI?


If a Floridian is receiving Social Security disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, there are certain rules that have to be followed to continue receiving these benefits. Since SSI is based on need for those who are elderly, blind or disabled, the amount that the claimant will get is partially based on income. In some instances, a claimant might not realize that they have to report their monthly wages, if any.

Federal regulations for working and getting SSD benefits


Some Florida residents receiving Social Security disability will want to try to get back to work, but are not aware of the federal regulations when retaining SSD benefits if they do so. When approved for SSD benefits, the claimant will not be able to take part in substantial gainful activity or SGA. The person cannot earn more than a particular amount on a monthly basis. In 2016, the earnings cannot surpass $1,130 monthly. For those who are blind, this amount is $1,820. It is important to have a grasp on the exceptions that are in effect for these rules.