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Social Security Disability Archives

Helping you through the SSD application process

Hearing news about Social Security disability and the process one must go through is upsetting. One might feel bad about those waiting for a hearing. However, the situation can hit a person in a whole new way when they are the one having to apply for benefits or wait for a hearing after being denied benefits. Individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere might feel helpless and unsure how to proceed. One is not only faced by the challenges that a disability brings to their life but also the difficulties the SSD application process has brought them.

Applying for SSD benefits

Living with a disability can be just that - debilitating. While disabilities can present challenges, it does not mean a person is unable to live a happy life. Accommodations are used to help individuals with disabilities remain in the workplace; however, when these modifications no longer help, it might be time to stop working. Disabilities can be so severe that they cause one to be unable to work. When this occurs, it is possible to take steps to recover financial assistance from specific government programs.

Helping you secure SSD benefits

Living with a disability is tough whether a person was born with a disabling condition or acquired one later in life. It can be a growing struggle to go through medical treatments and attempt to accommodate one's life so they can live a normal life. In some cases, it is extremely challenging to live a normal life, as they cannot care for him or herself and even hold down a job. This is not only mentally and emotionally difficult but also creates financial struggles because they do not have the income to pay for their basic needs. This is where Social Security disability benefits can be extremely valuable.

What are work credits for disability benefits?

When a Philadelphia resident takes a new job, they may earn employment benefits over time. For example, they may not be able to take vacation time during their first few months, or not be able to participate in certain retirement benefits. And, individuals are often required to qualify for certain benefits through work by demonstrating that they are going to stay in their jobs.

Vision problems and blindness may be recognized as disabilities

Some of the greatest joys in life are experienced through what people see and witness. Watching a baby take its first steps or observing a child walk across the stage on their graduation day can be some of the best things a person ever sees with their own eyes. Unfortunately, though, some Pennsylvanians struggle with vision problems and blindness and cannot share in these memorable and defining events.

Evidence is necessary to prove need for disability benefits

Securing disability benefits from the Social Security Administration is an important part of maintaining one's self-sufficiency in the world. Philadelphia residents receive these benefits based on a number of different disabling conditions and ailments that affect their mental and physical capacities to work. In order to secure these benefits, though, individuals must apply for them and in their applications must provide the Social Security Administration with evidence of their disabilities.

What to do if one's disability benefits hearing was unfair?

Not every application for Social Security Disability benefits will be approved the first time that it is submitted. In fact, Pennsylvanians may have to undergo a multistep review process to have their request honored and begin receiving benefits. While it is important that individuals working through the disability benefits application process consult with disability benefits lawyers for specific help, this post will briefly discuss some of the steps that a person may have to take to get a fair review of their application.

Keeping Social Security disability benefits while living abroad

Individuals who are eligible for or receiving Social Security Disability benefits for illnesses and injuries that prevent them from working can, in many cases, maintain their benefits, if they live outside of the country. This post will generally discuss what it means to live abroad, some of the geographic restrictions that the Social Security Administration places on payments and other issues Pennsylvanians may encounter if they leave the United States while receiving disability benefits.

Is it time to apply for Social Security disability benefits?

A long-term or permanent illness or injury is a burden that no Philadelphia resident wants to bear. It can prevent a person from living the life that they want to experience, spending time with the people they know and love, and holding down a job to pay their bills and provide for those who depend upon them for their needs.

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.

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