Most Indiana residents are probably aware that Social Security Disability benefits are available to those individuals who have a medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months and could even result in death. So, does this mean there is no such thing as 'temporary SSD benefits'?
Much is being said about the upcoming changes to Social Security Disability benefits starting from 2018. The Indiana personal injury law blog also discussed some of them in last week's post, including those being made to the work credit requirements. Indiana residents may understand that these changes have made it more difficult to qualify for SSD benefits, but what exactly a work credit is could still be confusing.
Indiana residents already know that qualifying to receive Social Security Disability benefits is a difficult enough task-one must demonstrate their medical eligibility and also the fact that they have worked a certain number of credits to qualify. The requirements for eligibility are set to change in 2018, with it becoming just a little bit harder to qualify to receive SSD benefits.
Sustaining a serious injury on the job is life-altering. You need to deal with medical costs and lost wages as you recover, however long that puts you out of the job. When you come back to work, you may not be able to perform your duties and responsibilities as easily or efficiently as you once could. Your employer may find it necessary to move you to a different work area. In the process, your wages or your hours could be compromised. Indeed, an injury has consequences well beyond the scars or pains of your body.
When Indiana residents are unable to continue working and make an earning for themselves due to a disability, they can apply to state agencies that are affiliated with the Social Security Administration. The unfortunate reality is that most first-time applicants are denied social security disability benefits-only about one-third of them are approved. The good news is that a denied claim is not the end of the story; it is possible to appeal a denied claim. In fact, most people who appeal a denied claim are successful.
Indiana residents, similar to their counterparts across the country, work hard at their jobs and like to maintain their physical and financial independence. This is why many of them continue to work into old age-they don't want to become dependent on anyone else. But, sometimes, they become injured on the job or suffer an illness that affects their ability to work and they must rely on someone else for assistance. The federal government provides them with options in these instances by providing aid in the form of social security disability benefits.
You've heard it time and time again-if you have a disability that is going to last more than a year and affects your ability to work while also preventing you from any form of gainful activity, then you may be eligible to receive federal Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. But, what does this really mean-what is meant by a disability?
There are a number of reasons a Social Security disability claim may be denied; some of those were discussed in last week's post. Though it may seem frustrating at the time and it may seem like the end of the road, that is not the case-the Social Security Administration provides several levels of appeals for denied claims.
When someone has been working their whole life and trying to remain independent without relying on anyone for help, it may come as a shock to them that they are suddenly injured and need to ask for financial assistance to make ends meet. However, various federal programs exist for this reason--to provide much needed financial assistance to those who prove their eligibility. The federal regulations surrounding the Social Security Disability claims administered by the Social Security Administration are complicated, however, and it can be frustrating when someone has finally completed their application and submitted their paperwork only to have their claim denied.
If someone has a medical condition that prevents them from working, they may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Many Indiana residents may know that that means their medical condition must be such that they cannot work for at least a year and could even result in death, but they may not know that there are other requirements that must be fulfilled as well.