Millions of people across the country suffer from long-term physical or mental disabilities that keep them from working. Supplemental Security Income is a federal income supplement program that gives money to those who are disabled and can demonstrate financial need to receive benefits. These benefits cover basic needs such as food and shelter. The maximum … Read More »
Getting approval for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can take many months. You might be entitled to back pay for those months you waited for approval. Learning how SSI back pay is calculated can help you determine how much you might receive. What is back pay? Back pay is the benefits you could have received … Read More »
People who suffer from a long-term disability and are unable to work can file for Social Security disability benefits. However, it is a good idea to make sure you know how to apply for Social Security disability before you take the first step. This can help you expedite the process and prevent an unnecessary denial. … Read More »
The alleged onset date is the day you claim that your disability began. This is not necessarily the day you were diagnosed, but the day that your disability began preventing you from working. You note your alleged onset date on your disability application. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will review the date and your medical … Read More »
No, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not deny everyone the first time they apply. However, it does initially deny about nearly two-thirds of all Social Security disability applications. While this rate seems high, it means the SSA approves approximately one-third of all applications without requiring claimants put in additional work. There are several reasons … Read More »
There are three ways to apply for Social Security Disability. The first way is to go on the Social Security website and apply for benefits online. The second way is to call the Social Security toll-free number and set up a phone appointment where a Social Security employee will call you and will take your … Read More »
Mental illness qualifies a person to receive Social Security Disability benefits just as a physical disability does. What you have to show is that your mental illness is so severe that it keeps you from working for at least 12 months.
Yes, you can. However, many people have panic and anxiety disorder but it’s not of disabling severity. Often symptoms can be at least partially controlled or well controlled with medication. If that is the case, then the condition does not impair your ability to function in a way that it needs to be in order … Read More »
Social Security defines disability for SSD and SSI in the same way. A person has to be so physically or mentally impaired that they cannot be expected to work for at least 12 months.
If your doctor just makes a statement that you are disabled that is generally not enough for you to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits or SSI. What happens is Social Security evaluates the medical records that the doctor writes down when you go for visits or if you’re hospitalized or if the doctor sends … Read More »