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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.

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.

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.

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.

Key points about work activity and SSD benefits

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.

How does attempting to work impact SSD benefits?

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.

Study: Contingent workers less likely to apply for SSD benefits

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.

The SSA will regularly review SSD recipients' claim files

Even if you are already receiving Social Security disability benefits for a medical condition or illness, there is no guarantee that the Social Security Administration, or SSA, will allow those benefits to continue. The SSA closely monitors SSD recipients in Georgia to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. If the SSA finds that your condition has improved to the point where you can return to work, your benefits may cease.

SSD benefits and key areas with mental functioning for a claim

For Georgia residents who are suffering from a neurological disorder or injury that impacts their mental and psychological functioning, it can be difficult to maintain a job and perform the necessities of everyday life. This will inevitably result in financial concerns as treatment must be provided and the basic abilities will be hindered. An inability to work and the medical treatment requirements might make it viable to seek Social Security disability benefits.


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