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 »
There’s varied amounts of time that it takes for your SSD benefits to begin. If your case is strictly an SSD case, it could take only a month for that benefit to begin. If your case is SSD and SSI combined, it might take more like three months for those benefits to begin because there … Read More »
Your doctor does not decide whether you are disabled for Social Security benefits or not. Social Security makes that decision. The way they make that decision is they order the doctor’s office notes, they order any hospital records that you have, they order the results of any tests that you may have had and they … Read More »
There is no particular amount of time that you have to be not working in order to apply for Social Security Disability but the test of disability for Social Security is whether or not your condition is so severe that you will be unable to work for 12 continuous months. What that means is that … Read More »
There are provisions for people to try to work while they are waiting for their Social Security Disability decision. They’re a little complicated and they’re very technical. If you perform what is called SGA, that’s substantial gainful activity, then that disqualifies you automatically for Social Security Disability even if your disability is severe, it might … Read More »