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Friday, May 12, 2017

Several Reasons Social Security Disability Claims Get Denied the First Time


When people get injured or have a severe medical or mental condition and they contemplate applying for social security disability, they generally think about reasons why they deserve such benefits. However, you may be better served thinking about why you might get declined in the interest of saving time and energy.
Disability Is Not Severe Enough
Even though you may be injured and unable to go back to work, the injury may not be long-term. You may, for example, have fractured a bone that will probably heal within the year. To qualify for SSDI benefits, the injury must be severe enough to last at least 12 months. If in fact, your bone injury lasts more than six months, then you might have a better chance. Social Security evaluates injuries on a case by case basis. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2qyLvZY

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Obtaining Social Security Disability: How You can Improve Your Odds


If you’re injured and can’t go back to work, there’s a glimmer of hope with social security disability benefits. Unfortunately, most people get denied the first time they apply. It happens to roughly 65% of all initial disability claims. Fortunately, there are ways you can improve your odds of getting accepted, even if it’s your second or third time applying.
Obtain a Written Statement from Doctors
A lot of SSDI cases get denied simply because there wasn’t enough evidence supporting the severity of injury or medical condition. You can obtain this evidence by getting a written statement from your doctor that describes your condition in great detail. In this report, symptoms you suffer daily are identified and information about how the condition limits your abilities is also provided. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2r7A4rG

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Everything You Need to Discuss When Talking to Social Security Disability Attorneys


When you’re disabled, not being able to earn a living takes a toll on your finances as well as your emotional state. That’s why social security disability exists: to give you the opportunity to maintain a normal life and pay for the essentials. Know what this process entails so you can clear up any confusion.
SSDI vs. SSI
People often get SSDI and SSI confused because the initials are similar and they both offer benefits to the disabled. There are some major differences you should note about these two separate government programs, however. SSI, or supplementary income, is a program that’s strictly need-based according to income and assets. Funded by the government, it has nothing to do with work history. People who qualify for this program may also qualify for Medicaid and food stamps, depending on monthly income. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2pMoazy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Social Security Disability Benefits for People Who Worked Overseas

People who work in another country do so for a variety of reasons. Some work abroad to pursue better opportunities for their careers while others simply want a change of environment or pace. However, in the unfortunate event that a U.S. citizen gets injured and becomes disabled while working at a company headquarters in Canada where he has been assigned in the last couple of years, the question of whether or not he is entitled to social security disability (SSD) benefits when he comes home enters the picture.

SSD Eligibility for Individuals Who Worked Abroad

To be eligible for disability insurance, an individual in another country must have worked for a company that paid taxes, also referred to as FICA taxes, to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Self-employed individuals, on the other hand, must have paid self-employment or SECA taxes to the SSA to have SSD coverage. You may also be eligible for SSD benefits if you worked in a country with totalization agreements with the U.S.

The Practicality of Totalization Agreements

Totalization agreements ensure that an employee doesn’t lose social security protection abroad. These agreements are international Social Security agreements between the U.S. and other countries, such as Canada, Germany, France, and Japan, which have similar or comparable Social Security systems. This prevents double Social Security taxation for people who have careers in the U.S. and abroad. This means that an overseas worker covered under the U.S. Social Security system is entitled to all the same disability benefits as a worker who has never been employed abroad. Coverage will depend on the terms of the totalization agreement between the foreign country and the United States.

Source:
U.S. International Social Security Agreements, SSA.gov

Monday, February 13, 2017

Social Security Disability Benefits are Available for Broken Bones

You may think that you can easily obtain Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits for a broken bone since the injury is so obvious, and you’d be wrong. The problem with bone fractures is that you can only qualify for SSDI if you’re likely to be disabled for at least a year. Unfortunately, fractures often heal in less than a year, compelling SS evaluators to deny you initially unless you can provide further proof.

Though most fractures heal without permanent injury, this might cause several complications that can lead to disability. If you’re able to prove this, then you increase your chances at getting approved. Complications that can arise from a broken bone include:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lesson in Social Security Disability Terms: What is Technical Denial?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) issues a technical denial to an applicant who fails to meet the non-medical requirements of the disability benefit program he or she is applying for. Receiving a technical denial means that your application will not proceed to evaluation for a medical determination.

For Social Security disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the SSA may issue a ‘technical denial’ based on the following factors: