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Posts tagged "Social Security Disability"

Understanding the disability onset date for SSD benefits

Living with a disability presents a whole host of physical, mental and financial challenges. For some individuals in Pennsylvania, obtaining Social Security disability benefits is the financial lifeline they need to make ends meet if they cannot work. However, the SSD application process can be daunting. It is important to understand all the factors that will be considered when it comes to awarding benefits.

Understanding SSD benefits for mental health conditions

Disabled individuals may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits for medical conditions resulting from injuries but also other types of medical conditions, including mental health medical conditions. The Social Security disability (SSD) process can always be a complex process which is why it is important to understand it and have a high level of familiarity with how to apply for and qualify for benefits.

America's veterans may seek Social Security disability benefits

Another Veteran's Day has come and gone, and many in Philadelphia spent the day honoring those who have given their utmost in service to our country. Unfortunately, some veterans who have been involved in active combat sacrificed their very health and well-being as part of their service. When a veteran is disabled, he or she may decide to pursue Social Security disability benefits, in order to cope financially with his or her medical condition.

Providing for a disabled child through SSD benefits

When a parent in Philadelphia has a disabled child, it may be the case that the child, due to the nature of the disability, will never be financially independent as an adult. This may be of particular concern to those parents who are reaching retirement age, and are wondering how they will be able to continue caring for their disabled child. Fortunately, there are resources they may have in such situations, including the possibility of Social Security Disability benefits.

53 million Americans report having a disability

Life for people who are living with a disability can present numerous challenges relating not only to an individual's ability to earn a living, but also to independence. In fact, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that disabilities may be more common than some think.

Can a person receive both workers' compensation and SSD benefits?

Philadelphia residents who suffer an injury or illness while on the job often turn to the workers' compensation system in order to obtain the financial resources they need while they are unable to work. If a person's injury is long-lasting, permanent and stops them from being able to work altogether, that person may also want to seek Social Security Disability benefits. However, can a person seek SSD benefits if that person is also receiving workers' compensation benefits?

Why might an application for SSD benefits be denied?

It is not unusual for residents of Philadelphia to either suffer a disability or know someone who does. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that 12 percent of people in the United States -- that is, 37 million individuals -- have a disability. Many of these may seek Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to help them stay afloat financially. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a person's initial application for disability benefits to be denied. Below are some common reasons as to why this might happen.

Mental illness can cause a social security disability

Pennsylvanian mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression, can be every bit as damaging to a person as a physical illness or injury. Each can make it difficult for a person in Philadelphia to perform his or her duties at work, or even leave the house altogether. The daily struggle for people with a mental illness is all too real and debilitating.

Social Security Disability may have overpaid Pennsylvanians

Many residents of Philadelphia may have heard of the troubles plaguing our nation's Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) program. In fact, the program is facing a shortfall of almost 20 percent before the end of the next year. Adding to the programs woes is a new report issued by the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of the Inspector General that states that many recipients of disability benefits may have been overpaid.

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