If you are a parent and your child suffers from either a physical or emotional disability, you may be able to pursue Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help provide for your child's basic needs.
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.
A person can qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits if she has suffered from an amputation or amputations. The Social Security Administration (SSA) follows a step-by-step evaluation to determine if someone is medically qualified for disability benefits. At the third step of the process, the SSA looks to see if the person has an impairment or several impairments that meet or equal a "listing." The listing is as follows:
Applying for and persevering through the process to qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits can be a frustrating, disappointing, and lengthy ordeal. The entire process from application to a hearing before an administrative law judge can often take up to 2 years. Veterans often face a double whammy of fighting the Social Security Administration for SSDI or SSI benefits and also the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-connected disability. At least in terms of Social Security, there is some relief for some veterans in that their cases can be expedited based on "wounded warrior" status.
Social Security Disability and SSI claims are decided upon what a person can still do - the Residual Functional Capacity - and whether that person can do his/her past relevant work - that work performed over the last 15 years. Recently, I looked at the Social Security Administration's definitions of sedentary and light. This week, I will look at how the SSA defines medium work. The SSA uses the same definition as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles when defining exertional levels of work. The SSA defines medium work as:
Often, Social Security Disability claims come down to deciding whether a person can work at a sedentary job. That naturally begs the question: What is a sedentary job? The Social Security Administration uses the same definition as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles when defining exertional levels of work. The SSA defines sedentary as:
Can I get Social Security Disability benefits if I expect to get better and return to work?
Social Security Disability and SSI recipients will see a 1.5% increase in benefits for the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in January of 2014. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of the current year. The COLA affects many important aspects of the Social Security Disability and SSI program besides the actual amount of benefits paid to claimants. For instance, the amount of earnings necessary to earn a quarter of coverage (QC) increases from $1,160.00 to $1,200.00 and the tax exempt amount of retirement earnings also adjust. Other important issues/numbers are:
A person with recurrent arrhythmias that cannot work may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Broadly defined, cardiac arrhythmias are any abnormality or perturbation in the normal activation sequence of the myocardium. The sinus node, displaying properties of automaticity, spontaneously depolarizes, sending a depolarization wave over the atrium, depolarizing the atrioventricular (AV) node, propagating over the His-Purkinje system, and depolarizing the ventricle in systematic fashion. There are hundreds of different types of cardiac arrhythmias. The normal rhythm of the heart, so-called normal sinus rhythm, can be disturbed through failure of automaticity, such as sick sinus syndrome, or through overactivity, such as inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Ectopic foci prematurely exciting the myocardium on a single or continuous basis results in premature atrial contractions (PACs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). Sustained tachyarrhythmias in the atria, such as atrial fibrillation, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT), and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), originate because of micro- or macro re-entry. In general, the seriousness of cardiac arrhythmias depends on the presence or absence of structural heart disease.
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 Health and Physical Well-Being is the sixth in a series discussing domains of function. In this domain, SSA considers the cumulative physical effects of physical or mental impairments and their associated treatments or therapies on a child's functioning that were not considered in other domains. When the physical impairment(s), mental impairment(s), or combination of physical and mental impairments has physical effects that cause "extreme" limitation in functioning, the child will generally have an impairment(s) that "meets" or "medically equals" a listing.