"Disability" can mean different things to different people. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) follows strict guidelines outlining what it means to be disabled with regard to the receipt of benefit payments. Additionally, the SSA assumes that disabled people have access to other financial resources if they are unable to work. These may include unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, family resources, and the like.
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.
There is some good news for disabled veterans going through the Social Security Disability or SSI process! Effective March 17, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began expediting disability claims for veterans receiving VA service-connected disability and who have a rating of 100% "Permanent and Total" disability form the Department of Veterans Affairs. The SSA announced:
If a Social Security Disability or SSI claimant loses at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), the next step of the process often is an appeal before the Appeals Council (AC). At the AC, the SSA looks to determine if the ALJ's decision is not supported by substantial evidence or errors of law were committed requiring reversal or remand. The SSA recently released statistics about the AC for 2013.
Moving through the Social Security Disability process can be frustratingly slow. People applying for benefits usually have limited resources and are desperate for relief. When I first meet with someone about SSD/SSI, I try to be honest about the length of time involved. Invariably, I am asked about "moving my case up" or expediting the case. The Social Security Administration will expedite a case only if there is a "critical situation."
A person suffering Myasthenia gravis may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Myasthenia gravis is nervous disorder characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing. Though myasthenia gravis can affect people of any age, it's more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60.
A child suffering from severe hearing loss may qualify for Childhood SSI benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI and the requirements are actually more stringent. The Social Security Administration determines whether the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. Disability benefits would be awarded if the claimant or her representative can show:
Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry dealing with Interacting and Relating with Others is the third in a series discussing domains of function.
Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits for their child are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates and decides the claim. If a child does not meet a "Listing", one must assess the claimant's functioning in terms of six domains: (1) acquiring and using information; (2) attending and completing tasks; (3) interacting and relating with others; (4) moving about and manipulating objects; (5) caring for yourself; and (6) health and physical well-being to see whether there is extreme or marked limitations.