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Forced to retire early? Apply for disability benefits

Many people in Georgia find themselves in a seemingly impossible situation. They want to keep working, but their injuries and illnesses prevent them from doing so. These people are forced to retire early, and claim their retirement benefits early, thereby reducing their income for the rest of their lives and making it harder to support themselves.

How does the SSA define 'disability'?

With so many physical and mental disabilities affecting Georgia residents, it can be difficult to discern which ones qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has clear criteria to determine whether someone's injury or illness meets their definition of 'disability.'

What are the differences between SSI and SSD benefits?

People in Fayetteville who are considering applying for disability benefits may have come across two programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). They should know that these programs are both overseen by the Social Security Administration, but each have their own set of requirements to qualify for benefits.

Am I entitled to my deceased spouse's Social Security benefits?

Losing your spouse can be one of the most difficult things you ever have to go through. In additional to the emotional devastation, many people in Georgia whose spouses have passed away find themselves struggling to support themselves and their families financially. According to the Social Security Administration, you may be entitled to survivor's benefits based on your deceased spouse's Social Security record, which may ease some of your financial burdens as you go through the grieving process.

You may be able to work while receiving disability benefits

If a Georgian has an injury or illness keeping them out of work, they may receive Social Security Disability benefits for financial support. Many people worry that once they start receiving benefits, they must stay out of the workforce forever. However, applying for these benefits does not mean that one must stop working long-term. In fact, the disability benefits program is designed to help recipients get back to work, once medically able.

My claim for disability benefits was denied. What should I do?

Hundreds of Georgia residents file for disability benefits each year, but unfortunately, many of these claims are denied. Claimants who have been denied often give up on the idea of receiving Social Security Disability benefits and accept the Social Security Administration's decision. However, this is a huge mistake, as many claimants who appeal their denials end up receiving the disability benefits they deserve.

What evidence does my examiner need to review my claim?

Many Georgia residents suffer from injuries or illnesses that interfere with their ability to work. Fortunately, many people receive Social Security Disability benefits by qualifying under the criteria in the Social Security Administration's "Listing of Impairments" or based on the medical-vocational guidelines.

Is it good news that the SSA is getting fewer SSDI applications?

Claims for Social Security Disability Insurance in Georgia and elsewhere have been on the rise for nearly two decades. This has put considerable pressure on the Social Security Disability Insurance program's ability to deliver services and benefits to the claimants who need them. Moreover, it led to a rapid depletion of the funds earmarked to pay those benefits - funds withheld from workers' wages by the federal government.

How much longer can the SSDI program survive?

In Georgia and across the United States, workers have spent much of their lives paying into a program that is designed to protect them if they become sick or disabled and can no longer work. Worker contributions to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program are held in a trust fund that is separate from the fund for retirement benefits, known as Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI). Unfortunately, both trust funds are in danger of insolvency unless something is done quickly.

SSD benefits application process can be an uphill battle

When someone is injured or becomes ill and is unable to work, it can be a financial disaster. One program available to help workers who have become disabled is Social Security Disability Insurance. The SSDI program is administered by the Social Security Administration and is funded by a portion of the funds withheld from workers' wages. Unfortunately, not all disabled workers will qualify for SSDI benefits.

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