Children are a source of infinite joy and infinite worry. Parents experience a new level of emotions when they welcome children into the world. In some situations, these little loved ones may develop a serious illness or suffer a catastrophic injury. In some cases, these children may qualify for benefits through Social Security.
The Compassionate Allowance program is designed to provide applicants with benefits in a prompt fashion. In order to qualify for this program, applicants must suffer from conditions that are so severe they clearly qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed to provide benefits to those who are unable to work due to illness or injury. Although these benefits are supposed to be helpful, the process used to receive these benefits often causes frustrations to those who need them most.
There are many types of injuries and illnesses that are considered to be permanent disabilities. Among these is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. No matter how the injury occurred, a TBI can have an impact on all the different aspects of your life. It can leave you unable to work, and can also harm your ability to handle the tasks of daily living and enjoy your personal life. Understanding what kinds of symptoms a TBI has and the benefits you can get to help you becomes very important when living with this kind of disability.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a medical disability, you may have options for getting financial assistance through Social Security benefits. Perhaps you have heard of SSD benefits and want to learn more, or maybe you applied for benefits and your application denied.
For workers over the age of 50, the gradual or sudden onset of a mental or physical disability can have significant professional consequences. Whether you work in manufacturing in Knoxville or in an office setting in a neighboring Tennessee community, managing your disability and the responsibilities of a job may be impossible.
In July of 2013, the SSA released guidance to adjudicators regarding the usefulness of GAF scores in Social Security Disability and SSI claims. With the publication of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), GAF scores are no longer included and the question arises of what will the SSA do with GAF rating when determining disability? On July 22, 2013, the SSA released Administrative Message AM-13066:
Social Security Disability or SSI claimants and representatives often are faced with Unfavorable Decisions from ALJs or non-reverals or reviews by the Appeals Council. Here are ten reasons that sometimes prevent a favorable outcome.
Some Social Security Disability benefits can affect amounts recovered under other federal, state, and/or private benefit policies. First, amounts received under Title II can affect a claimant's eligibility for SSI benefits under the federal statutes or can at least reduce those amounts to a smaller amount.
As noted recently, the average processing times for Social Security Disability and SSI hearings continue to grow at hearing offices across the country. Claimants are getting increasingly desperate as the wait times increase. When I first meet with someone about SSD or SSI, I always try to be upfront and honest about the length of time involved. Invariably, the question is asked about "moving my case up" or expediting the case. The Social Security Administration will only expedite a case if it meets its "critical situation" requirements.