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Social Security Disability Benefits for Illness Archives

Understanding the compassionate allowance program

Being diagnosed with a serious illness can be a life-altering event. Whether this occurred at birth or was a medical condition that was acquired later in life, it can be challenging to navigate life when an illness worsens or is so severe that one is unable to work or live their normal life.

How the gig economy impacts Social Security disability benefits

In Missouri and across the nation, an increasing number of people are taking part in contingency work - also known as the "gig economy." While this can be beneficial to people and companies, it also raises concerns as to how people who are contingent workers will fare if they are injured, ill or suffer a condition and need Social Security disability benefits. A recent study from Boston College says that these workers should have help in dealing with SSD benefits. Of course, when anyone suffers a work-related injury or any other kind of medical issue that prevents them from working, they should have legal assistance.

How is a disability claim assessed with a lung transplant?

For Missourians who are suffering from a lung condition or disease, it can be nearly impossible to complete most tasks and to function every day. For these individuals, if the disease reaches a certain point where there are no effective alternatives for treatment, a lung transplant might be necessary. Since the aftercare for a lung transplant is extensive and the person will require substantial monitoring, they will not be able to get back to work for an extended period, if they can at all. This will impact whether they meet the requirements for qualifying SSD benefits for illness.

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.

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.

Consultative examinations for SSD benefits and failing to appear

While the best-case scenario for Missourians who are suffering from an illness, injury or condition that they believe warrant an approval for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is that they will get the benefits and the process will go smoothly, that is not always the case. For many, it is necessary that they have a consultative examination to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with sufficient evidence to decide on the case. Failing to appear can be problematic. Understanding the rules for failure to appear at a consultative examination is important to a case.

Can my SSD case be decided using fast-track processes?

For many Missourians who have an illness, injury or condition that renders them unable to work and in need of medical care, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a critical factor in making ends meet. Understanding the different processes that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses when making its decisions is important to any case. Some have issues that are so clearly disabling that they are eligible to have their case "fast-tracked." This can be a critical factor in a case as people who are suffering from a disability that falls into these categories will frequently need their benefits as quickly as possible.

What are the evidentiary rules for SSD benefits when appealing?

It can be upsetting and worrisome when a Missouri resident is suffering from an illness, condition or injury and they seek Social Security disability benefits only to be denied. There are many reasons why an SSD claim might be denied and not all are linked to the medical issue. There might have been a clerical error, the evidence might not have been deemed sufficient, or there could have been a mistake. Fortunately, there are four levels of appeal based on the federal regulations. The Social Security Administration is not biased against anyone and wants to make certain that those who warrant disability benefits get them. However, that does not mean those who are appealing should shun legal protection when appealing.

How are immune system disorders assessed for SSD benefits?

Missourians who are suffering from an illness or a condition that affects their immune system will be vulnerable to a variety of issues. These can reach a level of seriousness that hinders their ability to work, which means that they may need Social Security disability benefits to make ends meet. When immune system disorders are mentioned, the first thing many people think about is HIV and AIDS. However, there are other immune system disorders that result in significant health problems and could warrant an approval for SSD benefits for illness. Legal help is integral to obtaining these benefits.

Losing SSD benefits when ill can be a major problem

When Missourians and anyone across the nation is suffering from a debilitating illness or condition and they receive Social Security disability benefits for illness, there is a profound sense of relief. While they are getting SSD, they will have the ability to focus on improving their condition and trying to get into a state where they can, if possible, no longer need those benefits. A common worry for people who are declared disabled and get benefits is when the Social Security Administration decides they should stop providing the benefits. For those who are in this situation, legal help is a must.

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