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What impairments qualify a person as disabled for SSD benefits?

On many occasions in Georgia residents' lives, individuals have to pass certain tests and qualifications in order to reach a goal. Whether it is in school, at work, in getting a driver's license or in many other areas of life, the qualifications exist to make sure the person is able to achieve the goal.

When it comes to Social Security disability benefits for illnesses, there are also certain qualifications that apply before a person can be considered to have a disability. This is important because the person must be considered disabled in order to receive benefits.

Can family members obtain benefits if a person gets SSD benefits?

Many Georgia residents work very hard to provide for themselves and their family members. Indeed, many Georgia families depend on each other for all kinds of support, including financial support.

This need for support does not end when a person suffers a disability. Accordingly, individuals who are interested in obtaining Social Security disability benefits may wonder how they can continue to support their family, even if they are no longer able to provide the income from work they once did.

Understanding SSDI benefits and excess survivor benefits

When life changes occur for Georgia residents, it can require the person to take different actions in response. There are few areas where this is more apparent than after an individual needs assistance through Social Security disability insurance benefits. Regardless of the circumstances that caused the need, the need exists, and therefore it is essential that individuals take the necessary steps in order to receive benefits.

This can sound easier than it is, however, as each person's circumstances are different. Accordingly, what works best for one person may not be advisable for another individual.

Getting veterans the help the benefits they need and deserve

The sacrifices made by Georgia veterans and their families are second to none. Veterans put everything on the line to serve their country, at the risk of losing their life and limb. These risks are all too real, as many veterans return from their tours of duty with physical or psychological injury.

While there is nothing that can completely repay veterans for their sacrifices, there are ways that veterans can find assistance in dealing with their war-related injuries. Among these options are filing a "service connected" disability claim, which can provide benefits to veterans for their service connected disability.

Understanding issues related to veterans and SSD

The Social Security disability system provides a very important function for many disabled individuals who are not able to work as a result of their disability. There are special considerations related to veterans and Social Security Disability, especially regarding veterans who became disabled while on active military service.

First of all, all veterans who suffered a disability on or after October 1, 2001, are eligible for expedited processing of their SSD claims if the disability was suffered while the veteran was on active duty. Veterans who wish to receive this expedited processing should inform the SSA that they suffered the disability while on active military duty at the time they submit their claim for benefits. Claims can be expedited in this way regardless of whether they are filed online or in paper form.

What benefits can victims of traumatic brain injuries receive?

There are few things more valuable to Georgia residents than their health. Accordingly, when an individual sustains a serious injury, it can have a dramatic impact in multiple phases of a person's life.

One area that can be impacted in particular after an injury is a person's professional life. While performing tasks around the house may be difficult after a serious injury, returning to work can seem nearly impossible.

What disability benefits are veterans entitled to receive?

There are few individuals who have done more to gain the respect of Georgia residents than local veterans. Veterans have put everything on the line for their country, including their lives and personal health. While their sacrifice is appreciated by Georgia residents, veterans' injuries during their service can lead them searching for help in the years and decades to follow.

A significant part of this help may come through the availability of Veterans benefits, given the financial challenges that can be present for those struggling with service-related injuries or diseases. Veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of their service-related injuries are eligible for disability compensation.

New law changes financial options for those with disabilities

The New Year is a time for new beginnings for Georgia residents. While most of these changes are personal, there are also new laws on the books that may affect Georgia residents in a number of different ways. Among these new laws is the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, otherwise known as the ABLE Act, which could dramatically change life for those living with a disability.

Typically, when individuals with disabilities set aside money to pay for certain expenses, they may be disqualified from Medicaid benefits and Social Security. This is surprising to many individuals, given how it is generally a positive thing to be putting money aside and saving for different goals.

Helping you navigate through the Social Security benefits process

With the New Year now here, many Georgia residents have made resolutions for different ways in which they wish to improve their lives. For some individuals, health concerns top the list, as they are looking to improve their physical and mental well-being. For others, financial goals may be in mind, including improving their savings or paying down debt.

For individuals who are suffering from an illness, such as cancer, heart disease or otherwise, there may be both health and financial concerns that must be addressed in the New Year. Namely, individuals must not only focus on their physical and emotional well-being, they must also deal with the financial repercussions of losing income from not being able to work.

What work history requirements apply for a SSD claim?

Many Georgia residents have went through the process of applying for new jobs and demonstrating that they have the work experience necessary to be hired. In some respects, the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is similar, in that part of the process is centered on demonstrating a person's work history before their recent inability to work.

Typically, there are two different tests that apply for someone who is applying for disability benefits. The first test looks at a person's recent work history, along with their age. For example, if a person gets injured before their 24th birthday, the person must typically show they worked for one and a half years during the three-year period before their disability began. These numbers vary for individuals older than 24. For instance, a person over 31 years of age must show he or she worked for five of the ten years before his or her disability began.

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