Atlanta Social Security Disability Law Blog
When Georgia residents are facing an important challenge, it can often seem as though the deck is stacked against them. Obstacles may stand in the way of achieving a goal, and sometimes these obstacles can seem daunting. And yet, with the right preparation and knowledge, individuals can overcome these challenges and succeed in accomplishing their goals.
This is certainly the case when it comes to applying for SSDI benefits. While the number of SSDI claims have increased in recent years, only 36 percent of claims filed from 2004 to 2013 were approved. About one-fourth of claims were awarded benefits on the initial claim, followed by two percent more on appeal and eleven percent at hearings.
Georgia residents who are dealing with mental issues might be under the impression that they have nowhere to turn. These issues can be difficult to diagnose and the symptoms hard to recognize. Those who are facing these difficulties may be suffering with schizophrenia, paranoia or some other form of psychotic disorder causing them to be unable to work. The Social Security Administration has certain criteria allowing those who meet the requirements to receive disability payments.
To receive SSD benefits, it is necessary to meet the required level of severity. These are categorized into A, B and C. It is possible to be approved when A and B are met or when C alone is met. For A, there must be symptoms including: delusions or hallucinations; catatonia or gross disorganization; acting incoherently; blunt, flat or inappropriate affect; or emotional withdrawal and/or isolation. For B, there must be two of: a market restriction of the activities of daily living; marked difficulty to maintain social functioning; marked difficulty to maintain concentration; or repetitive incidents of decompensation with each being of an extended duration.
When Georgia residents are in need of help, it is important for them to take stock of all of the resources that may be available. Multiple resources may exist, with each providing a different means of assistance.
This is certainly the case when it comes to veterans benefits. Veterans may be able to obtain benefits through the Veterans Administration for injuries they suffered while serving overseas. These are not the only benefits veterans may be eligible for, however, as benefits may also be available through the Social Security Administration.
On the road to one's destination, substantial obstacles can arise seemingly out of nowhere that can threaten the entire journey. It is important for individuals to know how to handle these bumps in the road before they become insurmountable obstacles.
This is certainly the case when it comes to the legal system. Georgia residents who apply for Social Security disability benefits may face hurdles along the way toward receiving those benefits. Questions can arise over the medical evidence supporting the disability, for example, such as when a person does not have a disability that is contained on the established listing of impairments.
Georgia residents confront many difficult personal decisions in their lives, including choices involving their family, career and personal goals. These decisions have many different consequences, as a choice to pursue a particular course of action may impact many areas of the person's life.
This blog has previously discussed some of these issues, including how a person's inability to work, and corresponding choice to go back to work, can impact claims for disability benefits. The federal regulations contain different provisions about how a person's work will impact SSDI claims, making it vital that individuals understand these regulations when they are making important decisions about returning to work.
When Georgia residents suffer from illnesses or disabilities, it can affect virtually every area of their lives. From the individual's ability to continue working to the individual's ability to engage in basic daily activities, it seems as though there is no area left untouched by a serious illness or injury..
While this situation can be disheartening, it can also help support a person's claim for Social Security disability benefits. This is because the Social Security Administration requires a person's disability or illness to have certain effects in order to qualify the individual for benefits.
The holiday season has come and gone for another year. During this time, many Georgia residents spent time with their family and friends and gave thanks for all the joys in their life.
While there is certainly a lot to be thankful for, many Georgia residents also face significant challenges on a daily basis. Those struggling with debilitating injuries and illnesses know this perhaps more than anyone, as a severe illness can not only impact a person's ability to earn a living, but it can also hamper the individual's daily activities as well.
Everyone makes mistakes from time to time. When these mistakes impact Georgia residents, it is important that things be set straight and the mistakes are corrected when possible.
In the legal system, individuals who have been denied relief typically have the ability to correct mistakes made in their case by filing an appeal. As discussed last week in this blog, an appeal can make all the difference, as a decision against a person can be reversed on appeal. However, a specific process must be followed in order to successfully pursue an appeal.
Many Georgia residents recently celebrated another Thanksgiving, where they expressed their gratitude for their loved ones, among other things. Many individuals undoubtedly gave thanks for those who serve, especially those who have sacrificed life and limb in their service to the country.
As discussed previously in this blog, there are a number of programs that exist for veterans, who frequently suffer serious injuries in connection with overseas deployments. For instance, veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities may be eligible for veteran's benefits.
Over the course of several years, Georgia residents often become experts in their particular field of employment. After all, nobody knows better about a certain job than the person who performs it on a day to day basis.
And yet, when it comes to a person's eligibility for SSD benefits, a major part of the Social Security Administration's decision often boils down to a consideration of the applicant's ability to work. As discussed recently in this blog, this decision entails two separate questions, as the agency will not only examine whether the person can perform the person's past work, but also whether the person can perform other types of similar work based on the individual's age, education and work experience.