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What should you know about SSD benefits and Ticket to Work?

There is often a perception that Georgia residents who are seeking or receiving Social Security Disability benefits are completely unable to work. While an inability to work is often a factor in receiving SSD benefits, it is not a requirement. People who believe they can work should understand how the Ticket to Work program can benefit them in this endeavor.

People between 18 and 64 years of age can take part in Ticket to Work. It is completely voluntary. The idea behind it is to let those who are disabled try to get back to work or keep working. It lets them have greater financial freedom and lowers or eliminates the need for SSD benefits. Those who are getting monthly cash benefits can sign up for Ticket to Work. It can be in a Vocational Rehabilitation agency or an Employment Network. These entities can provide training and other services to help the person get and maintain work.

Blind Georgia residents may qualify for SSD benefits

Georgia residents who are legally blind or have vision problems may qualify for Social Security disability benefits under certain rules set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA will likely classify you as blind if you meet one of two conditions. The first is that your vision in your better eye cannot be fixed to be better than 20/200. The second is that the visual field in your better eye is 20 degrees or less and has been or is expected to stay in that range for a minimum of 12 months.

Even if you do not meet these conditions, you can still qualify for disability benefits if you are unable to work due to your vision problems or due to your vision problems and other medical issues combined.

Veterans seeking SSD benefits need legal help

There are many veterans who live in Georgia. Those who served their country and suffered injuries of any kind - mentally and physically - while they were in combat often have trouble adapting to the civilian life and getting beyond their injuries and conditions sufficiently to hold a regular job. With the number of veterans who are experiencing a multitude of problems that escalate to the point where they are homeless and in need of treatment they are not getting, it is imperative to understand how to get Social Security disability benefits based on their status as a disabled veteran. Since it can be confusing and complicated to get SSD benefits in any case, having legal help can make the difference.

It is unfortunately common for service members to return home after deployment and face adversity adapting to the civilian life. Some have physical injuries such as lost limbs, scarring, head injuries and back injuries. Others have scars that can be just as damaging, but are not as obvious. Psychological injuries can be just as if not more debilitating than physical ones. For veterans who are undiagnosed or untreated, their issues can pile on top of one another until they have nowhere to turn. It is vital to have help in getting disability benefits.

Why do claims for SSD benefits get denied?

We often hear that Social Security disability claims get denied on a fairly regular basis. In fact, statistics show that initial claims are denied a majority of the time. The reasons for these denials vary, but many claim denials could have been prevented if the applicant had taken certain steps.

One of the most common reasons claims are denied is a lack of medical evidence. Many people go to their doctors and undergo treatment, assuming that the doctor will document all the details needed by the SSA. However, in many cases, doctors do not write down how your injury affects your ability to keep a job, which is a key part of whether the SSA approves your disability claim. It is important that you keep your doctor informed on how your work is affected by your disability so that he or she can provide the SSA with a detailed explanation when the time comes. It is also important that you include all treatment records, as well as any documentation that shows that your disability kept you from working.

Can I get disability benefits for epileptic seizures?

Neurological conditions can be difficult to deal with and Georgia residents who are suffering from them will find that it impacts their ability to work. When there are seizures due to epilepsy, the severity can be so significant that they need Social Security disability benefits. Understanding epilepsy, how it is evaluated and when disability benefits will be approved is important before applying. A law firm that helps people with their disability claims should be called for guidance before moving forward with a claim.

If a person has abnormal electrical activity in his or her brain, there might be epileptic seizures. There are two types of epileptic seizures that are thought to be disabling. They are generalized tonic-clonic and dyscognitive. With generalized tonic-clonic, the person will lose consciousness and have muscles tense to the degree that they lose control of their posture. After that, there will be a contraction and relaxation of muscles - also referred to as convulsions. The person could bite his or her tongue and suffer from incontinence as this is taking place. They can fall and suffer injuries.

Cancer patients can qualify for Social Security disability

Millions of people in the United States are currently fighting a battle against cancer. Cancer takes a toll on people both physically and emotionally, and it can also impact their finances if they are unable to work.

The Social Security Administration may provide Social Security Disability benefits for illnesses to those who have worked for a number of years and paid into the Social Security program, but are now unable to work due to their illness.

What must be in a consultative report for SSD benefits?

For Georgia residents who are seeking Social Security disability benefits, it is sometimes necessary to have a consultative examination. While this has been discussed previously, there are certain factors that many people should be cognizant of as they go for the examination. The consultative examination is so the Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services will have sufficient information to make a fair decision.

There is certain content that must be in the report issued by the consulting physician. Since the assessment by this physician is important to the case, the applicant must understand what is in this report. Having legal assistance is often helpful to ensure the case is decided upon in an aboveboard and fair manner. In the report, the basics are needed including the claimant's Social Security number or another identifying document. There should be a physical description to make sure that the person being examined is the claimant.

Applying for SSD benefits when you can no longer earn income

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), approximately 25 percent of adults become disabled by the age of 67 and are often no longer able to work.

If you were previously a part of the work force, you likely paid taxes into the Social Security disability program for a number of years. If you paid into the program for at least five of the 10 years leading up to your disability, you may be eligible for benefits.

What is considered when seeking SSD benefits for liver disease?

Georgia residents who are suffering from any kind of illness will have problems performing certain activities. Some can lead to the inability to work and a need for extensive treatment. If the illness is severe enough, it is possible to apply for and receive Social Security disability benefits. A key factor in an approval is understanding what constitutes the requirements for qualifying for SSD benefits for illness. When a person is suffering from liver disease, it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration evaluates it based on its diagnosis, symptoms and prognosis.

When a person is suffering from chronic liver disease, they can have scarring, inflammation or cell necrosis. Necrosis means that the organ is dying. This must persist for more than six months to be considered chronic. When a person has chronic liver disease, it can result in various problems such as liver cancer, portal hypertension and other issues. There can be hemorrhaging, fluid accumulating in the abdominal cavity, fluid in the chest cavity, or a negative impact to brain functioning in what is known as encephalopathy. Laboratory findings can indicate that there is liver dysfunction. People can only be cured of end stage liver disease if they have a liver transplant.

Can I receive SSI disability benefits for my disabled child?

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, may provide benefits for disabled children under the age of 18 and adults who became disabled during childhood, or before the age of 22. These benefits may be acquired through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

For children's SSI disability benefits, the SSA looks at the child's income as well as the income of family members who live in the same home as the child. As of 2019, a child and household members must earn a maximum of $1,220 a month ($2,040 maximum for a child who is blind) to qualify for SSI. The child must also have a disability, as defined by the SSA, that results in "marked and severe functional limitations" that lasted or is expected to last a minimum of 12 months or is expected to cause death.


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