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Medical Records Needed When Applying For SSD Benefits

An important aspect of applying for disability benefits is collecting and submitting medical documentation to support your claim. This medical documentation validates your application and proves to the Social Security Administration that you are, in fact, disabled.

Because this is such an important part of the application process, you should work with your medical professional (i.e. physician, psychiatrist, therapist, etc.) to prepare these supporting documents before you even begin the initial application.

What Forms Do You Need To Apply For SSD Benefits?

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

Differences Between Social Security Disability and VA Disability

There is some confusion about the similarities and differences between a Social Security Disability claim and the VA Disability program, which is designed to assist veterans injured on duty.

Those who lack sufficient information often assume that these programs are similar because an individual eligible for assistance under the VA Disability program may also be able to get disability. Read on to discover the myriad of differences between the two programs.

What Questions Will the ALJ Ask During your Disability Hearing?

Many look forward to their Social Security Disability hearing with a mixture of anticipation and dread. After all, you have waited months, or possibly even years, for this date to arrive.

You are finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel and may begin receiving Social Security Disability benefits within a matter of months. The question is, what should you expect at your disability hearing? How can you prepare yourself?

Most importantly, what questions will the administrative law judge who is overseeing your hearing ask you during the hearing process?

What is the Maximum Age to Apply for Social Security Disability?

If you have been working full-time but a medical condition has left you unable to work, you might be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. If you are an older individual, you might be wondering if you can still apply for disability benefits or if you might as well go ahead and apply for your Social Security retirement benefits.

What Cancers Automatically Qualify for Disability Benefits?

A cancer diagnosis can be life-altering. While there are many more effective treatment options for cancer in our modern world, you still might find yourself unable to work. Cancer can lead to additional disabilities and even the treatments can result in side effects that might keep you from working. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and you are no longer able to work, you might want to apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

What Conditions Automatically Qualify for Disability?

You have probably heard that being approved for Social Security disability benefits can be challenging. Documentation is the key to a successful claim. You must have hard medical evidence that shows you are unable to work and that you meet the medical criteria to be approved for benefits. There are a few medical conditions, however, that do qualify for expedited approval. Some conditions automatically qualify for disability benefits if you have a confirmed diagnosis. There are a few conditions that warrant such approvals.

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month

Scoliosis is the most common spinal deformity, affecting approximately 3% of the US population. Although it is typically diagnosed in the pre-adolescent and adolescent years, scoliosis can also occur as an infant or an older adult.

The severity of scoliosis varies from person to person. While the majority of individuals with scoliosis experience only minor effects on their health, some people have such significant cases that their spinal deformity affects their breathing and causes great pain.

Do Multiple Disabilities Improve the Odds of Receiving Benefits?

Individuals applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits often have several health conditions, or co-morbidities, that may factor into their overall health. For example, an individual who requires an amputation due to peripheral vascular disease, might also have uncontrolled diabetes.

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