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SSD benefits could be impacted by social media scrutiny

Being unable to work and in need of medical care can be a difficult issue for Georgia residents to deal with in any situation. When their injuries, condition or illness reaches a certain severity and they need to apply for Social Security disability benefits, there will be a great deal of consternation as they wait for a decision. Even those who are already getting disability must be concerned over factors that might result in their benefits being reduced or stopped altogether.

Can my family qualify for benefits if I receive SSD benefits?

If your injury or illness prevents you from working and entitles you to SSDI benefits, you should know that family members who were financially reliant on you may also be eligible to receive benefits. Your spouse or former spouse, and children, may be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the amount you receive, and they will get paid on a monthly basis.

What if I need a special examination for my SSD benefits claim?

For Georgia residents who are seeking Social Security disability benefits, cases will be decided based on the evidence presented. That includes the medical evidence. However, some cases require more information so an informed and fair decision can be made. This is when a special examination might be needed. Understanding the circumstances under which this will be requested and what it means is an important factor in a case.

New proposal in progress to monitor SSD recipients' social media

While a majority of people receiving Social Security disability benefits are honest and forthcoming about their medical conditions and their inability to work, there are some people who take advantage of the system by exaggerating their injuries to collect benefits they don't really need. The Trump Administration is working with SSA officials to put a stop to these fraudulent disability claims with a new proposal that would let officials monitor SSD recipients' social media accounts.

How do cancer treatment and its effects impact SSD benefits?

Georgia residents who receive a diagnosis of cancer will have a great deal going through their minds as they prepare for treatment and hope that it will be effective. They will consider their families, their future and, inevitably, their finances. Some may find that they cannot work because of the disease and need to remain home while they are being treated. This can be a financial hardship. Fortunately, there are Social Security disability programs that can help. However, there are important requirements with qualifying SSD benefits for illness. With cancer, one of the factors that is considered is the anticancer therapy and its effects on the person. Knowing how this is assessed is critical to being approved for SSD.

The SSA has a five-step process to decide if you are disabled

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from earning a living, you may consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Once you file your application to receive SSDI benefits for illness, the Social Security Administration will begin its five-step evaluation process to determine whether you are disabled under the SSA's definition of disability.

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