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How is the decision made when I apply for SSD benefits?

Georgia residents who are suffering from a medical condition, illness or injury and cannot work will want to understand the requirements to get Social Security Disability Insurance. Many people are denied SSD benefits not because their issues do not meet the medical requirements to get an approval, but because they have made a mistake in the application process. Regardless of the circumstances, having legal assistance is helpful when filing for benefits. The Social Security Administration will ask five questions in a step-by-step manner to decide whether an applicant can be approved.

First, the claimant will be asked if he or she is working. In 2019, if the earnings average more than $1,220 monthly, he or she is unlikely to be classified as disabled. For those who are not working, the application will move forward to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) so the medical condition will be assessed. Step two is when the condition is evaluated. If it is "severe," it will cause substantial limitations in the person's capability to do basics necessary for work, such as being able to lift things, stand, walk, sit and remember. It must last for a minimum of 12 months.

How to prepare for your SSD hearing

If your application for disability benefits has been denied by the Social Security Administration, you have the option to appeal the decision. First, you may file for reconsideration determination, in which a new person will evaluate your SSDI claim and may give you a new decision. If you disagree with the decision, you can file for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

Social Security Disability for early-onset Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is a debilitating disease that can cause serious mental and physical disability over time. While many people assume that Alzheimer's only affects people over the age of 65, statistics show that up to five percent of the people that have Alzheimer's have early-onset Alzheimer's starting in their 40s and 50s.

Alzheimer's at any age can make it extremely difficult for a person to continuing working and earning income. Many people qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for illnesses such as Alzheimer's. Those affected by early-onset Alzheimer's may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative.

What if my disability is up for review?

Georgia residents who meet the requirements to receive Social Security disability will undoubtedly feel a sense of relief. The injuries, illnesses and conditions that warrant SSD benefits can be difficult to deal with in a physical, personal and financial way. Since many people who seek disability cannot work and need medical treatment, the benefits can be a life-saver for them and their family. However, just because a person is approved does not mean that the benefits will continue forever.

The Social Security Administration conducts periodic reviews for those who have been approved for benefits to ensure that their issues still warrant SSD. If the person's health has not improved enough and their disability prevents them from performing substantial gainful activity and working, they can continue to get SSD. When the review takes place, the person can show the SSA that the disability is still in place and they should keep getting benefits. For those who have more than a single condition, the combination will be considered when determining if he or she can work.

Social Security Disability benefits after a workplace accident

Georgia residents who have an injury or illness that prevents them from working may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Many people assume that if the illness or injury occurred at their place of employment they will only qualify for benefits through worker's compensation. However, this is not necessarily the case. Worker's compensation may reduce your Social Security Disability benefits, but you may still be eligible for Social Security disability benefits for a work-related injury or illness.

Thousands of workers have suffered workplace injuries in various types of work accidents. Many workers have been injured due to slip and falls, falling objects, accidents involving equipment and falling from elevated surfaces, or have acquired illnesses due to incidents involving exposure to dangerous chemicals. Additionally, many workers are injured because of loud noises, repeated exposure to dangerous chemicals or repetitive motions such as heavy lifting that are a part of their everyday work.

Can your disability benefits be taken away?

You send in your application for disability benefits and, after months of evaluation and possible appeals, the Social Security Administration decides to award you benefits. Many people assume that their work is done at this point and that these benefits will continue until they reach retirement age. However, the reality is that Social Security Disability benefits can be taken away as soon as you do not meet the SSA's requirements for benefits.

Generally, the SSA will conduct Continuing Disability Reviews, or CDRs, and periodically review your case to determine whether you still qualify for benefits. The SSA is likely to conduct a review every three years, unless you have a condition that could improve sooner. For people with a permanent disability, the SSA may conduct a review once every seven years.

Mental disorders may qualify for SSD benefits

According to the Social Security Administration, both physical disabilities and mental disorders could keep you out of work and qualify you for benefits. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits for illness, it is important that you prove to the SSA that you meet the necessary criteria.

The SSA will first refer to its Blue Book to see if your mental condition satisfies the requirements under Section 12. Various types of mental disorders are included in the Blue Book, including anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders and substance addiction. Each listing includes specific criteria you need to include in your medical evidence, as well as the criteria used to evaluate how the disorder limits your ability to work.

Have retail sector injuries surpassed other industries?

Making ends meet becomes difficult after an Atlanta resident is unable to continue working due to an injury. Asking for help is often difficult, even if it is from the Social Security Administration to get the Social Security Disability benefits that one has been contributing through his or her employment. It is even more frustrating when one has to gather the necessary documents, go through a complicated application procedure and then be told SSD benefits have been denied because one's condition does not qualify as a disability or for another stated reason.

Individuals count on getting approved for SSD benefits to make ends meet and get the medical treatment they desperately require. However, applicants often feel the whole system is stacked against them, which is why they are likely to give up. Especially since only 33 percent of first-time applications are approved, while a majority of appeals are approved, if someone has tenaciously pursued their claim for a number of years. The lawyers at Rogers Hofrichter & Karrh LLC understand how important monetary benefits are for paying one's bills and living expenses, which is why we work dedicatedly to help our clients get what they deserve.

What information do I need to apply for SSD benefits?

The Social Security Administration receives thousands of applications for disability benefits each year, and many of these applications get rejected. However, applicants who provide complete information about their illness and employment are much more likely to get approved.

The application for Social Security disability benefits can be complicated, so it is important to gather all the information you need to include in your application in advance. First, you will need to include personal information, including your birthdate, place of birth, Social Security number. You will also need to provide the same information for your spouse and any of your minor children. You may also need to provide banking information if you want your benefits to be deposited electronically into your account.

Seasonal jobs available for disability benefits' recipients

Many Georgians are out of work due to illness or injury and receive disability benefits to support them financially. Nowadays, however, there are many job opportunities available for people receiving Social Security Disability benefits who want to try working again. Companies offer many seasonal work positions that give disabled persons a chance to slowly re-enter the working world. Some of these positions include work-from-home opportunities, sales jobs, call center representatives and customer service positions. By taking on one of these seasonal jobs, one may be able to gain experience, strengthen job skills and fill any gaps in employment history.

Many people are worried that they will no longer receive their disability benefits if they take one of these seasonal jobs. But, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has special work incentives in place to give people a chance to test the waters while still receiving their monthly payments. Under the trial work period, one will work for 9 months and earn full benefits as long as they report the work and still have a disability.


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