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Social Security Disability Archives

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.

What disability evidence do I need for my benefits claim?

If you are disabled and unable to work, you will need money to support yourself until you are back on your feet again. For some Philadelphia residents, these benefits may last for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, though, the application process is not always easy. Even people with seemingly obvious disabilities have had their claims denied. If you want to file a claim for benefits with the Social Security Administration, then you will need to provide adequate evidence to prove your condition and how it renders you unable to work.

What are compassionate allowances?

No matter how old you are, you can suffer an injury or illness that impacts your future and keeps you from doing your job. Many people in this position depend on Social Security Disability benefits to support themselves if they are unable to work. We often hear stories about how claims for SSD benefits take a long time to process and often get denied. Fortunately, there is one way to speed up the process for applicants with severe medical conditions.

Trump's proposed budget cuts SSDI program

In the United States, close to nine million workers currently depend on Social Security Disability Insurance to financially support them after they suffer a long-term injury or illness. These benefits not only support the workers themselves, but also their dependents, making for a total of nearly 11 million people relying on SSDI. According to TIME, many people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are likely to be injured as a result of manual labor performed in more rural areas.

SSI benefits are available for Philadelphia residents

Many Philadelphia residents are unable to work due to a debilitating illness or medical condition. As a result, they can have trouble making ends meet. Generally, workers who have paid enough into the Social Security system are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. However, not everyone is eligible for these benefits. Fortunately, there is another option for people with limited income and resources.

Young people should be aware of disability benefits

Younger Americans have a tendency to think that Social Security Disability benefits are something only older people have to worry about. However, many millennials may find themselves requiring disability benefits sooner than they think. According to the Social Security Administration, someone who starts working at the age of 20 has a 25 percent chance of needing disability benefits before age 67.

New rules make SSD benefits claims more challenging

If you have been injured and can no longer work, then you may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, these benefits are not easy to come by. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the number of claim approvals and people receiving disability benefits has gone down. In fact, the number of people receiving benefits is at a five-year low with only 8.8 million getting SSD benefits.

What can help me apply for Social Security Disability?

If you are suffering from a long-term disability that keeps you from working, then you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. In order to apply for benefits, you need to file an application for SSD with the Social Security Administration (SSA) as soon as possible. Social Security Disability claims take a long time to process (three to five months), so it is important to do whatever you can to strengthen your claim and get it approved quickly.

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