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Social Security Disability Archives

Preparing for the application and interview process for benefits

There is a lot to know about the Social Security disability application process and to be prepared for when applying for disability benefits. Suffering with a disability can certainly be stressful. The change from working to being unable to work because of a disability can be a challenging one. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are a good option for disabled individuals to consider. As a result, disabled individuals should be familiar with how to navigate the application process for disability benefits, including the interview process.

Who determines if I am eligible for disability benefits?

If you need Social Security disability benefits, it is important to understand who determines your eligibility and to also understand the process of applying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Understanding the process, and how to navigate it, can help place the disabled individual in the best possible position to obtain disability benefits.

Social Security Administration to receive funding for hearings

The blog recently discussed the appeals process when applicants have been denied Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, there has been a significant backlog to receive a hearing following a denial of benefits which is one level in the appeals process. There are currently 1.1 million applications for SSD benefits waiting for a hearing and the average wait time from initial application to a hearing decision is 26 months.

Disability applicants should understand the appeals process

Being denied for Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income is not the end of the process of applying for benefits and should not be considered the end of the process. The majority of applications for disability benefits are initially denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) which is why it is important for disabled individuals to be familiar with their rights as applicants to appeal.

Applying for SSD benefits may not be as easy as you think

There is a myriad of serious health issues that could plague a person in Pennsylvania. Sometimes these issues are chronic, leading a person to the point of disability as time marches on. Other times it is a sudden injury or illness that significantly impacts a person's health, leading to disability and an inability to work. It's times like these that being able to secure Social Security disability benefits is more important than ever.

Pennsylvanians with respiratory disorders can seek SSD benefits

Many people in Pennsylvania with severe respiratory disorders can attest to how such a disorder can affect every aspect of one's life. If a person is struggling to complete the most basic of daily tasks due to a severe respiratory disorder and cannot work for a year or more, that person may want to consider seeking Social Security disability benefits. They may be heartened to hear that the Social Security Administration as of October 7, 2016, has added Respiratory Disorders to its Listing of Impairments. By doing so, the SSA recognizes that if all requirements are met, disorders falling under this umbrella may qualify an individual for SSD benefits.

Can a person with a disability work without losing benefits?

Putting in a hard day's work is a matter of pride for many people in Pennsylvania, which is why some of those with disabilities may want to try to re-enter the workforce at some point in their lives. They may, however, be concerned about whether their disability will truly allow them to work in the long run, and what will happen to their Social Security disability benefits when they go back to work.

Seeking help when your application for SSD benefits is denied

It can be very disappointing and frustrating to put all of your effort into applying for Social Security disability benefits, only to have your application denied. In fact, the majority of individuals in Pennsylvania, and nationwide, who apply for SSD benefits may find that their initial applications are not approved. However, do not lose hope. There is an appeals process that individuals seeking benefits can pursue in such situations.

Bill introduced aims to help SSDI recipients to go back to work

Many Pennsylvania residents rely on Social Security disability benefits, but will they always need to? While the Social Security Administration has a process to review a recipient's case periodically to ensure they still qualify for benefits, some legislators feel this is not enough.

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