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How Severe Does Your Arthritis Need to be to Qualify?

Submitted by Deanna on Fri, 08/10/2018 - 02:03

How severe does my arthritis have to be to get disability benefits?

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) currently benefits millions of Americans and their families. However, many people who could benefit from the program are either unsure that they qualify or are intimidated by the process.

To see if your arthritis could qualify for SSDI, we must first understand how disabilities are evaluated

The Role Your Doctor Plays in Your Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Submitted by Daniel on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 04:47

Most people understand that medical records play an important role in someone's ability to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. However, the role a doctor plays in a patient's ability to obtain disability benefits from the Social Security Administration is often overlooked.

Exactly what role does your doctor play in your ability to receive disability benefits and how can you ensure that your treating physicians provide the Social Security Administration with the documentation and statements needed to support your disability claim?

What is a Medical Report?

Submitted by Daniel on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 04:28

A medical report is a comprehensive report that covers a person’s clinical history. A medical report is a vital piece of evidence that can validate and support your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

Ideally, your medical report should be completed by a doctor or medical professional who is familiar with your condition and who has treated you for a significant period of time.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability With Glaucoma

Submitted by Shane on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 02:51

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that results in damage to the optic nerve, and eventually causes permanent blindness. An estimated 3 million Americans currently have glaucoma, and around half of them aren’t aware of it - as up to 40% of vision can be lost before symptoms are present.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the U.S., and the overall leading cause worldwide. African Americans, Latinos, diabetics, and those who are middle-aged or elderly have a greater chance of experiencing glaucoma.

Medical Records Needed When Applying For SSD Benefits

Submitted by Daniel on Sat, 07/28/2018 - 03:27

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?

Submitted by Deanna on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:55

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

Submitted by Shane on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:44

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?

Submitted by Daniel on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:02

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?

Submitted by Deanna on Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:47

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?

Submitted by Deanna on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:58

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).