As readers of this blog know, proving that an individual suffers from a disability that meets the Social Security Administration's requirements for Social Security disability benefits isn't always simple. In fact, the matter can be quite complicated with claims adjudicators looking for any weaknesses in a claim that can justify a denial. With this in mind, those seeking to successfully claim SSD benefits need to know how to put forth the strongest, most compelling evidence they can muster.
There's a saying that the wheels of justice turn slowly. So, too, do the wheels on the Social Security disability system. As we have discussed previously, those seeking SSD benefits often face extensive waits before obtaining an adjudication of their claim. This wait time can leave disabled individuals struggling to get by, especially when their medical condition has left them unable to work to earn the wage they so desperately need.
As readers of this blog know, there are a number of federal requirements that must be met before Social Security disability benefits will be awarded. Perhaps one of the most challenged requirement is that a disabling condition exists at all. Claimants may face pushback about the severity of their medical condition, as well as its affect on their ability to work. However, other requirements, like those related to work history, are just important when trying to obtain SSD benefits.
A couple of weeks ago on the blog we discussed a case where disabled individuals were having their Social Security disability benefits yanked away based on allegations of fraud. Tragically, many individuals have their SSD benefits suddenly reduced or stopped for a variety of reasons, whether for allegations of wrongdoing or a reassessment of an individual's medical condition. The best way to prevent this from taking you by surprise is to protect your claim as fully as possible given your particular set of circumstances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.