How is it decided whether a person can get SSD benefits?

An Oklahoman who is suffering from a disability, injury, condition or illness and believes he or she can get Social Security disability benefits must understand that it is not a simple matter of applying and being approved. There are steps to the process that must be followed. The Social Security Administration makes its decision based on five steps to determine if the person is disabled. It is also important to remember that if the claim is denied for any reason, there are options available to appeal the case. First, the SSA will ask if the applicant is working. A person who works and earns over a certain amount per month will generally not be viewed as disabled. The amount is adjusted on an annual basis. For a person who is not working or has an average monthly income that comes

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Do you qualify for disability benefits?

Most Oklahoma residents know the value of work and enjoy going to work every day and making a living for their family. Having a job is an important task for adults. But, when a person is injured and no longer able to work they may be eligible for disability benefits. Oklahoma residents who are not able to work due to a physical or mental condition may qualify for either Social Security Disability or supplemental security income. There are a number of medical conditions that a person can have and qualify for one of these programs. These may include back injuries, heart failure, COPD, hearing or vision loss, immune system disorders, mental disorders, cancer and many others. The Social Security agency has an impairment listing manual that lists all of the disorders that will qualify an individual for benefits. If a

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Can an attorney speed up a disability appeal?

As pervious posts on this blog have mentioned, many if not most applications for Social Security disability benefits get denied at the initial stages. While sometimes the involvement of a qualified disability benefits attorney can help get an application approved at the outset, in many cases, the reality is that an applicant for benefits is just going to be denied social security and will have to plan on going through an “appeal,” or, more precisely, a review hearing before an administrative law judge. The problem with this appeals process is that it takes a long time to complete. Moreover, during the wait, a disabled person has to continue to live without the help of disability benefits, even if he or she really needs in order to make ends meet. This is so even though a person really does have a

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Disability Benefits: Cutting Through the Red Tape

Did you know that more than 65 percent of all applications for government disability benefits are denied on the first try because of preventable errors? If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or if your application has already been denied, it is a good idea to speak with a disability law attorney. An SSD and SSI lawyer can help cut through the red tape. If a disabling injury or other medical condition is preventing you from holding a job, you undoubtedly need financial help to cover a variety of costs. This is where disability benefits come in, but getting the benefits you need and deserve can be complicated. Many applications for SSD or SSI are denied because of inadequate medical evidence or other mistakes in the application process. Errors on the

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If I get hurt at work, can I get Social Security disability?

Many people in Oklahoma and, for that matter, throughout the country wind up unable to do their jobs or engage in any employment because they get hurt in a work accident. One question that may come to the mind of these people is whether they can draw disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, as there is a common impression that those benefits are for people who do not work because they never could or had some sort of medical issues not directly related to work. The reality is that disability benefits are available to anyone who meets the Administration’s definition of a disabled person. Although there are many requirements, often strict, that a person must meet in order to qualify for disability, the Administration rarely if ever asks what caused a person’s disability in the first place. The key

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Understanding the SSD and SSI Programs

There is a lot of misunderstanding about Social Security disability benefits, particularly with regard to eligibility, the application process and the kinds of benefits available. Here is what you should know if an injury, disease or medical condition prevents you from working. SSD and SSI are separate programs that provide monthly disability benefits. To qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must have sufficient work history, and your disability must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months. If you are eligible, your monthly benefits will be based on the extent of your injury and your previous earnings. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly disability benefits based on need. Recipients of SSI benefits do not have to have a work history, and these benefits are available to children and others with limited resources.

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