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Application basics for Social Security disability benefits

Social Security disability benefits are important for individuals injured at work and other disabled individuals, including disabled veterans. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration reports that 25 percent of workers will become disabled prior to reaching the age of 67. For disabled individuals who suffer from a disability that is expected to last a year or longer, Social Security disability benefits may be an option to help.

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a disabled individual must meet certain requirements, as determined by the Social Security Administration. To qualify for disability, the disabled individual must be unable to work because of a physical or mental medical condition; the disabled individual cannot adjust to any other type of work because of the physical or medical mental condition they are suffering from; and the disability must be expected to last a year or longer or result in death.

Rehabilitation options for Social Security disability recipients

After being injured on the job, it may be possible to obtain Social Security disability (SSD) benefits to help with everyday expenses. In addition to the other benefits provided by Social Security disability insurance, the program may also help disabled individuals return to work through vocational rehabilitation options. The Social Security Administration reimburses State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies for the costs of the services they provide to SSD recipients under certain circumstances.

The disabled individual and a vocational rehabilitation counselor will outline an individualized plan for obtaining employment and the services provided to that disabled individual will be based on the plan developed. The services must result in the disabled individual being able to perform substantial gainful activity which includes the disabled individual's return to work for nine consecutive months at a substantial earnings level.

Understanding veterans' service-related disability benefits

Veterans may suffer from physical and psychological disability related to their service. It is important that disabled veterans are familiar with the disability options that may be available to them. Veterans' benefits may be available for a service-related disability. When veterans applying for disability benefits are denied benefits, it is also important for them not to give up and exhaust the appeals process to obtain the badly-needed benefits.

Veterans' benefits for a service-related disability can be essential for the needs of veterans and their families. It is also essential for disabled veterans to be familiar with eligibility requirements to obtain service-related disability benefits. The disabled veteran must be considered a veteran according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. In general, the definition includes service members in the military, naval or air services who did not receive a dishonorable discharge.

Tips for preparing to apply for Social Security disability

The decision to apply for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits can be intimidating. It can come at a time when the disabled individual is unable to work because of their disability and has also had to make the difficult transition from their work and career. The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be time consuming and challenging but it is not impossible to obtain benefits and some tips for applying may help.

First, it is important to collect and assemble medical records. It is also important to discuss the individual's disability and application with any treating doctor because the treating doctor's recommendation will be an important part of the application process. It is also important to be thorough in the collection of medical records and not leave anything out. The applicant for disability benefits should also know and understand what is in their medical records.

Cancer patients may qualify for Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability benefits are important benefits available to disabled individuals who have worked and paid into Social Security Disability. Social Security Disability benefits are available to individuals who suffer from disabilities that prevent him them from working. Disabilities may be caused by a physical or mental medical condition, including cancer. Additionally, disabled individuals suffering from cancer may be able to receive expedited processing of their claim for disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration maintains a compassionate allowances list of illnesses that are eligible to receive expedited claims processing such as cancer. In general, to be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits, the disabled individual must have worked for a period of time and paid into the program and meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. Self-employed individuals who have paid self-employment taxes may also be eligible. Economic need or having a small income do not impact eligibility for SSD benefits but impact another type of disability benefit referred to as Supplemental Security Income.

Social Security disability benefits for mental illness

While Social Security disability benefits may be available for illnesses such as mental illnesses, it can sometimes be challenging to prove mental illness. In general, Social Security disability benefits may be available for disabled individuals suffering from a physical or mental medical condition that prevents them from working. In addition, the physical or mental medical condition must be expected to last longer than 12 months or result in death.

Mental illnesses are recognized by the Social Security Administration as impairments that qualify for disability. Mental illnesses that may qualify for Social Security disability benefits include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); bipolar disorder; severe depression; anxiety disorders, including panic attacks and other anxiety disorders; Schizophrenia; and the psychological side effects of necessary medications.

Southern states have highest number of disability recipients

Greater than 10 million Americans receive Social Security Disability benefits. While a neighboring state may have the second highest number of residents nationally receiving disability benefits, an analysis of the most recent Social Security data available revealed that southern states in general have higher numbers of residents receiving disability benefits than other regions of the country.

Of the only four states in the country with 8 percent or greater of 18 to 64-year olds receiving Social Security Disability benefits, all four states are in the South. A recent analysis placed the amount of monthly Social Security benefits paid at $11.4 billion per month which was a nationwide increase from $6.1 billion a decade ago. Benefits range from $700 o $1,700 per month with an average monthly disability benefit of $1,171.

Can I receive Social Security disability as a military veteran?

Because Social Security disability benefits may be available to disabled veterans, it is important for them to understand what those options are, how to apply and how to obtain benefits. For Veterans and Wounded Warriors with a compensation rating of 100% P & T, some may receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims.

Expedited processing of a veterans' disability claim through the Social Security Administration and Social Security disability occurs when a military service member applies for disability benefits and became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the veteran became disabled. Social Security disability benefits are available for disabled individuals who have the necessary work history to have paid into the Social Security disability program.

The disability onset date is an important date

The disability onset date is an important date to be familiar with when seeking Social Security disability benefits. The disability onset date refers to the date that the disabled individual became unable to work because of a disabling medical condition. Social Security disability benefit payments begin with the application date once eligibility requirements for disability benefits are met.

Determining the disability onset date is important because it can impact the benefit pay period calculation and the applicant's eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration determines the onset date based on an evaluation of medical records, work history, application materials and information contained in the application and other types of evidence of the onset date.

SSD benefits for illness provide the financial help you need

When it comes to social security disability (SSD) benefits, it is important to understand that it is not restricted to injuries sustained on the job. There are other situations that qualify you for SSD benefits. If you develop an illness or disease, or have a condition that leaves you unable to work, you may be eligible to apply. Whether you are diagnosed with things such as liver disease, heart disease, cancer or other ailment, it may be in your best interest to apply for social security disability benefits for illness.

Financial stability and security is important and necessary for individuals and their families. You have bills to pay, medical expenses to take care of, a family to support and many other financial obligations. Having an illness that prevents you from working as much as you need will compromise your financial stability in ways that you cannot control, and you should not be left struggling because of it.

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