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March 2019 Archives

Permanent vs. nonpermanent impairments in an SSD review

Missourians who are approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits should be aware that in most cases, the benefits have a time limit. Since the basic premise behind SSD benefits is to provide for those who are unable to provide for themselves due to an illness, condition or injury and many of these problems will eventually improve sufficiently so the person can get back to work, there will be periodic continuing disability reviews to ensure that the individual remains sufficiently disabled to keep getting benefits. Understanding permanent impairments vs. nonpermanent impairments is critical when preparing for a review.

Did I work long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability?

Missourians who are injured and facing an inability to work will understandably try to be approved for Social Security Disability benefits for injury. With SSD benefits, however, there are certain federal requirements as to the amount of work they did and whether they qualify to be approved. Understanding the system and how Social Security credits are accrued to get SSD benefits is an important first step before even applying. This and any other issue with SSD benefits should be discussed with an experienced disability attorney.

Understanding why the SSA denied your disability request

You may have a vivid recollection of the time and effort it took to apply for benefits from the Social Security Administration for your disabling condition. You filled out paperwork, gathered documentation, submitted to an interview and waited. To your dismay, the SSA rejected your claim for benefits. While this can be frustrating, the letter the agency sent should have explained why they denied your request.

How are limitations assessed for SSD benefits with obesity?

Obesity is a problem that afflicts many people in Missouri and across the nation. With it come a variety of health issues that can render a person ill and unable to work. People can get approved for Social Security disability benefits if they are obese, but it is just like any other medical issue, illness or condition in that there are certain requirements that must be met. With the five-step sequential evaluation process, a key point is residual functional capacity (RFC). Understanding how obesity is assessed in this context is imperative when seeking Social Security disability benefits for illness.

Can licenses be suspended for failing to pay child support?

Missouri parents who are ordered to pay child support can face a variety of penalties if they fail to do so. While it can be difficult to make the payments in full and there are alternatives to have the amount modified if there is justification to do so, noncustodial parents who have a support order cannot simply decide not to pay the custodial parent for the support of the child. Most might be aware that a driver license can be suspended for failure to pay child support. However, it is also possible that a professional or occupational license can be suspended for it too.

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