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How does a person's past work impact whether they are disabled?

One of the most significant parts of Georgia residents' lives is their career. Individuals often place a great deal of importance on their jobs, and the same is true with respect to the Social Security Administration when a person has an inability to work and applies for Social Security disability benefits.

As discussed previously in this blog, the Social Security Administration uses a five-step process to determine if someone is disabled. Step four of that process examines a person's ability to perform the work he or she used to perform in the past. The agency will examine a variety of factors to determine whether the individual can still perform past work, including how the person performed the job and what skills were learned in that job, because a person may not be considered disabled under the federal regulations unless the person is prevented from performing this past work or other work.

What does the SSA consider in reviewing a disability application?

When Georgia residents make important decisions in their lives, there are often a number of factors that must be considered. Certain factors can weigh in favor of one course of action, while other factors might weigh in favor of the opposite decision. The legal system is ripe with these types of tough decisions. Of course, in the legal system, these decisions are often made by a judge or other decision makers, while the individuals involved in the case are advocating for one decision or another to be made.

When it comes to Social Security disability benefits for illness, the Social Security Administration will decide whether a person is entitled to disability benefits. As previously discussed in this blog, this decision can take some time as disability benefits might not be paid for months after the disability began. However, this is assuming the application was approved.

Disabled? Do not wait before filing application for benefits

In Georgia residents' daily lives, timing can be very important. With work, family events and other personal circumstances, individuals lead very busy lives. Timing can be very important in the legal system as well. When individuals file claims for Social Security disability benefits for injuries, for example, there are typically certain deadlines that must be followed in order to receive the benefits.

Unfortunately, confusion can result when it comes to the timing in an individual's case. For instance, as this blog has previously discussed, individuals typically must have a disability that is expected to last at least a year in order to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Some may think this means they need to wait a year before applying for benefits, but this is not the case.

Has your right to disability benefits been violated?

Georgia residents have disagreements with one another from time to time. While this is perfectly natural, the disagreements can have dramatic impacts on individuals when their rights are in the hands of another person who disagrees with them.

For instance, when it comes to Social Security disability benefits, an individual's right to receive benefits is typically placed in the hands of the Social Security Administration. Accordingly, if the agency disagrees with the individual as to the person's eligibility for benefits, it could mean a denial of an application for disability benefits.

Correcting mistakes with SSD benefits

From time to time, people make mistakes. Everyone is human, after all, which means errors are bound to happen on occasion. The important thing is for those mistakes to be corrected, particularly when the mistakes have a serious impact on the lives of other Georgia residents.

Mistakes can be made in the legal system, just as with any other area of life where human error is possible. These mistakes can have serious consequences, such as when a person's SSD benefits are incorrectly denied by the Social Security Administration.

What can make Social Security disability benefits end?

When Georgia residents are asked what is most important to them, personal health and well-being often rates near the top of the list. Individuals may take their good health for granted, which only becomes apparent after a person suffers an illness or injury. In these trying times, the individual's ability to work or engage in daily activities may be severely impaired.

Fortunately, help may be available in the form of Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can provide a much-needed financial lifeline when a person is unable to earn an income.

Will earning income affect a person's disability benefits?

Actions have consequences in the lives of Georgia residents. A decision in one area of a person's life can have a dramatic impact in another area, whether the person realizes it or not.

When it comes to Social Security disability benefits for illness, the person's ability to continue receiving benefits can be influenced by a wide variety of factors. The person's medical condition and work ability are a few of these factors that can impact the individual's eligibility for benefits. This is not only true when the person is applying for benefits, but after they begin receiving benefits as well.

Are there incentives for SSD benefit recipients to work?

One of the most central parts of Georgia residents' lives is their career. Individuals often spend more time at their job than at home, and they work hard to earn a living and support their family.

All of this can be called into question when a person has an inability to work after suffering an injury or disability. Whether it be a work-related injury or one suffered elsewhere, the injury or disability may render the person unable to work for a given period of time, which, in turn, causes a loss of income and serious financial challenges.

What illnesses may qualify for SSD benefits?

Living with a chronic or severe illness is not easy. The individual affected may suffer from pain, exhaustion and other debilitating symptoms. Georgia residents may wonder what types of illnesses may be covered by Social Security disability insurance benefits.

In general, in order to receive Social Security disability insurance benefits, also known as SSDI, you must first prove that you suffer from one of the qualifying disabilities, or if your disability is not listed, prove that your disability prevents you from actively working. You must also prove that your disability is expected to last at least one year or ultimately end in death.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Another summer has passed and autumn is officially in full swing for Georgia residents. While the return of autumn signifies many different things, it is also a time to mark an important occasion for those with disabilities. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is an event marking the awareness of those who have an inability to work because of a disability.

Thousands of Americans face an inability to work due to injuries they have suffered that prevent full employment. While these barriers can present significant challenges in a person's life, there are ways in which individuals who find themselves in this situation can obtain assistance for their lost wages and other consequences of suffering an injury. Namely, by obtaining Social Security disability benefits for injuries, individuals can obtain financial assistance that helps them in dealing with the disability and replacing some of their lost income until they can get back to work.

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