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.
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.
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.
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.
Work activity is an important factor when Georgia residents are disabled and apply for Social Security disability insurance. The Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services place a significant focus on a person's ability to work when deciding whether they should be approved or denied Social Security disability.
Approximately 10.4 million people in the United States were receiving disability benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance program as of December 2017.
Georgia residents who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits might be under the mistaken impression that simply getting approved for SSD benefits means they cannot work, nor can they even try to work. In truth, many people who are classified as disabled and meet the federal regulations to get SSD benefits can do some jobs. It is not automatic that disability and an inability to work go hand in hand. In many circumstances, however, the claimant is not certain whether he or she can hold a job or not. This is when it is important to understand the work incentives available and to ensure benefits are protected if the person finds that work is impossible.
Many Georgia residents have been diagnosed with a mental illness that prevents them from keeping a steady job. According to the Social Security Administration, or SSA, there are various categories of mental illness, including psychotic disorders, affective disorders, also called mood disorders, and personality disorders.
Certain injuries make it impossible for the person to walk effectively and perform various movements that are necessary to hold a regular job. For Georgia residents who are suffering from this type of musculoskeletal injury, it is important to understand the definition of ineffective ambulation as this is one of the keys when the Disability Determination Services and Social Security Administration decides whether to award Social Security Disability Insurance to the applicant. Having legal assistance in these cases is always a wise step.
Many workers in Georgia are unaware that they could potentially qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. According to a study by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College, contingent workers in their 50s and 60s are less likely than workers with traditional jobs to apply for SSD benefits and are generally less likely to be awarded disability benefits. Contingent workers may be workers in temporary positions, independent contractors and consultants.