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Social Security Disability Archives

Family members may qualify Social Security disability benefits

When a disabling illness or injury prevents a Philadelphia resident from working to support their family, they may turn to the Social Security Administration's application process to request disability benefits. Disability benefits are available to men and women who cannot work because of their qualifying medical conditions, and who need financial support to live their lives.

How does the Social Security Administration define disability?

At some point in their life a Philadelphia resident will experience an illness, injury or ailment that keeps them from going to work. From a bad cold to a broken bone, accidents and sicknesses hit individuals throughout their lives and keep them from doing what they need to do to live their lives. However, not every ailment that plagues a Pennsylvanian will qualify them for benefits from the Social Security Administration.

What to do after a claim for disability benefits has been denied

Even when a disabled individual in Philadelphia is familiar with the initial application process for disability benefits, they may not be approved right away for Social Security disability benefits. Most applications for disability benefits are initially denied. Especially because important time limits apply, it is necessary for applicants to be aware of the ways to challenge a denial of benefits.

The importance of disability benefits

Knowing what to do in circumstances of an unexpected disability is important for individuals in Pennsylvania facing an unexpected inability to work and mounting medical bills. There are different disability options, and one is Social Security disability. Social Security disability (SSD) is a program through the federal government that provides disability benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a permanent disabling condition.

'Compassionate allowances' for Social Security disability

Because the Social Security disability application process can be lengthy and sometimes complex, it is helpful for disabled individuals in Pennsylvania to be familiar with the compassionate allowances program and what it entails. The compassionate allowances program allows applicants who suffer from medical conditions on the list of compassionate allowances to have their application for benefits expedited.

Helpful guidance through the Social Security disability

The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a challenging process. Because most applications are initially denied, and because of the availability of options for appeals, trained guidance can be useful throughout the application and appeals processes, if necessary. The definition of disability to qualify for Social Security disability is a strict one and requires that the disabled individual suffers from an impairment that prevents them from doing substantial work and that the impairment is expected to last a year or longer or result in death.

Social Security disability wait hits record length

It may be more important than ever to understand how to fill out an application for Social Security disability benefits and to understand eligibility requirements and appeals options. Individuals who have applied for benefits, requested the first level of appeal and are now seeking a hearing before an administrative law judge are waiting a record amount of time for a hearing which is the second level of appeal in the application process.

Electronic medical records coming to more disability claims

Part of the application process for Social Security disability benefits is providing medical records. When applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is important to understand the requirements for eligibility and know what is required as part of the application process. The Social Security Administration recently partnered with a major medical care provider in a neighboring state for the electronic transfer of medical records, with the patient's consent, for purposes of Social Security disability applications.

Benefits are crucial for disabled workers

Social Security disability benefits are an option for disabled individuals with the necessary work history to qualify for benefits to consider. Typically, the work history requirement to qualify for benefits is 10 years for a disabled individual 31 years or older. It is important to understand that the Social Security disability application process includes the initial application, as well as several levels of appeals if the application has been denied which many are.

What are my options if my SSD benefits are stopped?

Pennsylvanians who suffer from an injury, illness or condition and are approved for Social Security disability benefits must understand that there are periodic reviews by the Social Security Administration to make certain that the benefits should continue. If the SSA determines that the person no longer has a qualifying disability, the benefits will stop. However, like when there is a denial of benefits at the initial application, a claimant can appeal to continue receiving benefits.

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