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.
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.
This blog has previously discussed vision loss as it related to Social Security disability. Those who are deemed legally blind, or have significant vision loss even after being corrected, may be able to qualify for SSD benefits, enabling them to receive compensation to help cover medical expenses and lost wages. Yet, the rules for determining vision loss can be painstakingly complicated. Therefore, it may be beneficial to discuss how the Social Security Administration assesses vision loss.
Time has had an effect on every aspect of our lives, and the Social Security disability system is no exception. In 1990, less than two-and-a-half percent of all working Americans qualified for Social Security disability benefits. In 2015, though, more than five percent of working Americans qualified. This large increase has put strain on the financial viability of the Social Security disability system, a strain that leaves many disabled individuals concerned about their benefits.
Many Floridians who have suffered a disabling injury or illness and are thus no longer able to work know that they need money so that they can pay their living expenses. We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing how to successfully obtain SSD benefits, but in this post we wanted to take a look at the logistics of disability pay. What, exactly, will happen once your claim is approved?
For those who have suffered debilitating injuries and illnesses, Social Security disability can provide the financial lifeline they need to get by. Depending on the severity of their disability and their work history, a disabled individual may be able to recover hundreds of dollars a month in benefits. Those who are unable to work come to rely on these funds to pay for their housing and food.