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What happens to SSD benefits upon retirement?

When Georgia residents encounter something new in their lives, it is natural to have many questions. The legal system is a prime example of this. Individuals encountering the legal system for the first time may not understand what is required of them or how they go about getting the relief they need.

When it comes to Social Security disability benefits for illness, individuals often have questions about their eligibility for disability benefits. People want to know not only how they can satisfy the requirements of the federal regulations in order to obtain disability benefits but what happens after they begin receiving those benefits.

Navigating SSDI for work-related injury and others

The legal system can be a difficult place to navigate for Georgia residents who have not encountered it before. Making matters worse, people are often thrust into the legal system at an unexpected time and not by their own choice. This is typically the case when individuals present a claim for disability benefits after they have suffered a work-related injury.

For example, this blog has recently discussed how individuals may be able to apply for different kinds of benefits, including Social Security disability benefits and workers' compensation, if they are no longer able to work. Each type of benefit has different eligibility requirements, however, which means the person may be eligible for one kind of benefit but not the other, both benefits or none at all.

Are SSDI benefits offset from workers' compensation benefits?

Every month, many Georgia residents face financial difficulties when paying their bills. It can be hard to stretch a paycheck to meet a person's monthly obligations even when times are good, but this challenge becomes much more troublesome when a person suffers a work-related injury that leaves him or her unable to work.

Last week, this blog discussed how different kinds of benefits may apply in the situation of a person's inability to work. Among these benefits are Social Security disability benefits and workers' compensation, which are two different programs with differing eligibility requirements.

For work-related injury, SSDI benefits may be lifeline

Georgia residents work hard to provide for themselves and their families. It can take many weeks, months or even years to establish a successful career in one's given field, but all of this hard work can be compromised when an individual suffers a work-related injury that leaves the person unable to work.

In these trying times, the options can appear bleak at first, particularly for the many who do not have a long-term disability policy of insurance that will cover the person's inability to work. Even for someone who has a long-term disability policy, there are many exclusions that might prevent the person from actually receiving payment if the specific injury is not deemed to be covered.

Social Security disability benefits for Wounded Warriors

Georgia residents who were in the military and suffered injuries or illness as a result need to understand their rights to seek Social Security disability benefits. It is also important to know that as Wounded Warriors, their SSD claims can also be eligible for expedited processing. Understanding how to receive this accommodation is important to those who served, were injured or became ill as a result and need their benefits immediately.

There is a difference between payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs and SSD benefits in the criteria, process and programs used to approve or deny benefits. When a veteran is found to have a compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total, it does not automatically mean he or she will be granted SSD benefits. For SSD benefits, it is necessary that the person be found disabled by Social Security. What this means is that the person is not able to perform substantial work due to a medical condition, and the condition must have been in place or will be in place for a minimum of one year or end in the person's death. Those who are receiving compensation from the VA will not necessarily benefit from this fact in the decision on their SSD benefits.

Can I bring a lawyer to my Social Security disability appeal?

Not every application for Social Security disability benefits is initially approved. In fact, some Fayetteville residents may have their applications denied despite completing their paperwork to the best of their abilities. When an applicant has his request for benefits denied by the Social Security Administration he may request a hearing to have the matter reconsidered.

Individuals who are granted hearings on their Social Security disability benefits appeals may utilize personal legal representatives during the process. A lawyer who includes Social Security disability law in his practice can appear with or for his client during hearings and may provide his client with legal advice regarding how to approach the appeal.

What right of appeal is there after a denied SSD claim?

Georgia residents have disagreements with one another virtually every day. Most disagreements are minor in scope, of course, but some can have a major bearing on a person's life.

In the legal system, a person's disagreement with the decision that is made in his or her case is certainly a major issue. The denial of a claim for Social Security disability benefits, for example, can have a major impact in the person's life because of the loss of financial help that is so desperately needed.

ALJ's denial of disability benefits overturned on appeal

Georgia residents place a great deal of trust in their doctors and other medical professionals. Unfortunately, this same level of trust is not always followed by others during the process of evaluating a claim for Social Security disability benefits.

During a hearing on a disability benefits claim, one of the key issues is determining whether the applicant is disabled. In making this determination, an administrative law judge may hear evidence from doctors regarding the medical condition at issue.

Have your disability benefits been incorrectly denied?

One of the things Georgia residents value most in their lives is their personal health. When an individual's health declines, it can pose serious challenges, not only because of the direct impacts of the illness, but because of the secondary effects as well like the person's loss of income due to their inability to continue working.

By the same token, an improvement in health is generally seen of as a positive thing. But this may not always be the case, at least when a slight improvement in health threatens a person's ability to continue receiving Social Security disability benefits.

What will cause a person to stop receiving disability benefits?

Change is a natural part of life for Georgia residents. Over the years, individuals may change jobs from time to time and see changes in their personal life and family circumstances.

These changes are often what lead to individuals applying for Social Security disability benefits. For instance, when an individual suffers a work-related injury, it may prevent him or her from continuing work. In turn, the individual may find it necessary to apply for Social Security disability benefits for injuries they have suffered.

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