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SSD benefits and the definition of disability

Being self-sufficient is part of the American dream. One seeks to acquire a good job, allowing them to make an income that can help support their goals and dreams. Unfortunately, unexpected events in life and hinder this. A disabling injury following an accident could result in the inability to work. This further creates financial challenges when it comes to the ability to pay for one's basic living needs.

This is where the Social Security disability program can be extremely valuable. However, in order for these benefits to accessible by the public that qualifies for them, they need to understand how to obtain them and what makes one eligible for these benefits, for how long and how much.

With the changing needs of society and the ever-changing list of medical conditions, the definition of disability is constantly evolving. Because disability encompasses physical and mental impairments that are either acquired at birth or later in life, the list can be exhaustive. Additionally, the barriers and abilities of one suffering from a disability can vary greatly from one person to the next. Thus, it is valuable to have complete medical documentation to help illustrate the limitations a disability places on a person.

Currently, the government is seeking to narrowly tailor the definition of disabilities. This can restrict access to certain programs, such as SSD benefits. Additionally, the government has expanded the definition of ability, which in turn can result in the denial of coverage for those that are limited by a disability when it comes to working.

Living with a disability can pose some challenges for some. For those unable to work temporarily or long-term due to a disability, it is important to understand how SSD benefits could be of help. The eligibility requirements and application process can appear overwhelming; therefore, seeking legal guidance could help one explore this process as well as the reconsideration and appeals process, if needed.

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