The Social Security Administration tries to be as specific as possible when defining disabilities that qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. This effort is an attempt to make adjudication of SSD claims easier, and leave little room for disagreement. Yet, as readers of this blog know, despite the SSA's efforts, the Social Security Disability process is full of gray areas. This is why even those who have their claims denied have the ability to appeal their denial in hopes of recovering the compensation they need.
Readers of this blog know that there are a number of medical conditions that may qualify them for Social Security disability benefits. Physical, emotional, and mental conditions may all fall under "disability" as defined by the Social Security Administration. Yet, there are some health issues that do not directly fall under disability, but they may contribute to other medical conditions that do qualify as a disability. For example, one of our previous posts discussed substance abuse and how, if it creates a disabling condition, then an individual may recover benefits under that specific disability.
Serving in the United States military is a bold and courageous thing to do. These men and women, many of whom live and serve in Florida, put their safety and well-being in jeopardy for the betterment of our country. Even those who are merely preparing for military conflict via training exercises can find themselves facing serious injuries. In some instances, these injuries can be so significant that they interfere with an individual's ability to work and earn a wage. When this happens, he or she may qualify for Social Security disability compensation.
Navigating the complex maze of the Social Security disability system can be quite a challenge. While the technicalities may seem overwhelming, there are some facts that those seeking benefits should keep in mind, as they are critically important.
It's a sad reality that there are a number of illnesses and injuries that can affect the neurological functioning of an individual. Sufferers of these conditions may find it difficult to live what others consider a normal life, and merely functioning from day-to-day can be frustrating, painful, and downright difficult. Although these individuals may be able to obtain assistance to make their lives easier, it often comes with a great financial cost.
Human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV, is a sexually transmitted disease that can reshape and even end a Floridian's life. Although medical researchers continue to search for a cure and develop treatments to extend the length and quality of life for sufferers, the reality is that this disease continues to strip away what sufferers may have once considered a normal life.
Disability is far more common than many of us think. In fact, about 25 percent of those the age of 20 today will become disabled at some point in their lives before reaching the age of 67. This large portion of the population can face tremendous financial hardship when their disability prevents them from working and earning a wage. They might struggle to pay for their medical care, their rent or mortgage, and even food for themselves and their family.
Last week our blog talked about the unsuccessful work attempt and how it can affect an individual's Social Security disability benefits. Although the mere concept of SSD benefits is pretty simple to understand, there are many detailed issues like the unsuccessful work attempt that can threaten one's claims. This is important to because the Social Security Administration is looking for a reason to deny SSD claims, meaning that those who fail to protect themselves by making strong legal arguments may have the benefits on which they rely stripped away for them, or the benefits they desperately need denied to them.
A significant portion of the American population deals with digestive-system issues. These individuals can experience pain and suffering, and their condition can drastically impact their day-to-day lives. If a medical condition leaves an individual unable to work, then he or she may be considered disabled by the Social Security Administration and thus qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Previously on this blog we discussed the definition of "substantial gainful activity" and how it pertains to Social Security disability benefits. Whether or not an individual can engage in substantial gainful activity is crucial element in every SSD benefits claim, but understanding how it is assessed can take a little bit of work to understand.