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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.

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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.

How often will disability benefits be reviewed?

When Georgia residents pursue an important goal, there may be more at stake than simply reaching the goal. In many circumstances, maintaining the goal after it is reached can be just as important as getting there in the first place.

This is certainly true when it comes to Social Security disability benefits. While a lot of effort may go into obtaining disability benefits, keeping those benefits after the initial decision is just as important as obtaining them in the first instance.

Overseas visits may affect Social Security disability payments

Over the course of this summer, many Georgia residents may be hoping to get away for awhile on a vacation. For some, these visits may be more permanent in nature, such as for individuals who may be traveling outside of the United States for an extended period of time. While these visits can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, they can also pose issues with a person's SSDI claims.

There are over half a million people who receive some kind of Social Security benefit and who live outside of the United States. This includes not only retired persons, but disabled workers as well and their families. Under the federal regulations, a person can receive Social Security disability payments outside the country, so long as they remain eligible.

Veterans may apply for expedited disability benefits

Service to one's country through voluntary military duty is one of the noblest undertakings that a Fayetteville resident may choose to perform. Soldiers in all branches of the military put their lives on the line in order to ensure that the freedom of other Americans is protected, no matter what the cost. Though many service men and women are able to return home to their families and live productive lives after their terms of service have ended, others bring with them the lasting injuries of their tours of duty and the traumas they endured as soldiers.

When a soldier becomes a veteran after their period of military service is over, then they may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans' Affairs. They may also be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. When a veteran applies for disability benefits, their application is placed on an expedited schedule so that a determination of their eligibility is made in a timely manner.

Do you qualify for multiple kinds of disability benefits?

When Georgia residents need financial assistance, the last thing they want to do is jump through obstacles and navigate through a confusing patchwork of legal regulations. And yet, it can often seem as though that is what is necessary when a person applies for Social Security disability benefits.

Take, for instance, the recent discussion on this blog regarding the interaction between different kinds of benefits. If a person receives disability benefits under certain state law programs, it can influence the person's ability to receive Social Security disability benefits. This can come as a surprise to some when they receive notice of a denied claim or when they receive notice that their benefits are not as high as they anticipated.

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