Disability benefits are available to those who suffer from medical conditions that make it so they are unable to work. Paid through the Social Security Administration (SSA), disability benefits can help you cover costs associated with medical bills and living expenses.The rate of approval for disability benefits varies from state to state, but there are certain tips you can try in an effort to boost your own chances for approval.
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When disability affects any member of a family, the financial impact can be great. Social Security disability programs can provide monthly support, ensuring the entire family has what it needs to get by.
The documentation you need when applying for benefits depends on your personal situation and your family dynamic. Here are just a few examples of the kinds of documents and information you’ll want to pull together before starting your disability application:
Medical Records and Doctors’ Statements
SSDI After Being Out of Work
If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
These benefits can be used to help cover the costs of medical bills and your everyday living expenses.
There are two main forms of disability benefits: Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is based on financial need, and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on your employment history and paid into through taxes on your income.
Going Back to Work
If you’re on disability, then you’ve come to count on your monthly benefits as a consistent source of income to pay bills and take care of everyday living expenses for your family.
The thought of trying to return to work may be exciting to you, but it can also be fear inducing if you’re uncertain how working will affect your benefits.
If you suffer from a disabling medical condition, you may be able to receive financial assistance in the form of disability benefits. These benefits are available through the Social Security Administration (SSA) and can help cover the costs of medical treatment and everyday living.
Some conditions, such as severe back pain, may make it more difficult for you to prove your disability to the SSA. If you have a back-pain-based disability and are seeking to apply for disability benefits, there are certain factors you should be aware of.
The SSA's Blue Book
How Can An Attorney Help Me?
When you or a member of your family becomes disabled, the financial hardships imposed can seem overwhelming. The loss of income of a wage earner, the expenses of ongoing medical treatment, and concerns about everyday living expenses for your family are just a few examples of the worries you may experience.
Social Security disability benefits can be a viable solution.
How will Baby Boomers Affect Social Security Disability Benefits?
If you currently receive disability or if you may need to apply in the future, then you understand that these benefits can be essential to making ends meet as a family.
The prospect of anything causing benefits to decrease or disappear is a frightening one, but Social Security programs, including disability, are more secure than you might think.
Are Disability Benefits Being Cut?
Disability benefits are available to Americans who are disabled or unable to work due to a medical condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays disability benefits to help cover the costs of everyday living expenses and medical bills. Over the years, there has always been talk of disability benefits being cut due to the lack of government funding. A recent congressional act has halted this from happening in 2016.
Social Security Changes affect File-and-Suspend Benefit Maximization for Couples
The “File-and-Suspend” method of maximizing Social Security retirement benefits has been used by married couples for decades. Recent budget bill changes passed by Congress however phase out this process by closing the “loophole” in Social Security regulations that allowed spouses to increase their Social Security income as a couple.
The File and Suspend Method Explained
One of the most common questions we receive is “How do I actually get approved for benefits?” The fact of the matter is that there’s no sure-fire way to get approved, and less than 50% of applicants receive benefits even after they have an ALJ hearing. So we decided to speak with a woman who WAS successful with her claim to see what she did to win her benefits.
Q: How long did it take for you to be approved?