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When liver disease becomes a disability

Millions of Americans -- including people right here in Charlotte -- suffer from serious diseases, the most common of which is probably heart disease. But there are many other types of diseases that can be quite debilitating, leaving a person unable to work, and possibly disabled. Liver disease is one such illness.

A person who suffers from liver disease can experience many uncomfortable symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, nausea and swelling in the legs, ankles and abdomen. However, for some people these symptoms aren't just uncomfortable, they are disabling. Cancer can cause liver disease, as can genetic disorders or certain infections.

Social Security Administration website provides options

Not all applications for federal benefits are approved. In fact, our readers who are familiar with previous posts here probably know that the majority of applications for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income are initially rejected. The application process can be complicated, with many applicants needing to proceed through the appeals process that is in place when an application is rejected. That's why it is nice when the Social Security Administration actually makes things easier for those who do receive SSI benefits, as well as those who are in the middle of the application or appeals process.

As a recent article noted, North Carolina residents who receive SSI or SSD benefits, or applicants, can do quite a few things on the SSA's website. People are able to check the status of their application for benefits or the status of any appeal that has been filed. Some people may need to get a verification letter from the Social Security Administration regarding any benefits that are received. This verification letter can be requested on the SSA website. Visitors to the website can even get information about where any hearings in their case might occur.

Getting the right information about SSI benefits

By most indicators, the national economy is headed in a positive direction. Unfortunately, there are many people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia who won't be along for the ride. For these individuals, a disability might prevent them from entering the workforce. Instead, they are struggling to make ends meet and are wondering if there are any options for help.

Fortunately, some disabled individuals may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income, also known as "SSI." SSI benefits, unlike Social Security Disability, aren't awarded based on a person's former participation in the workforce. Instead, SSI benefits are based on a person's lack of resources and inability to earn an income.

What is schizophrenia?

In recent years, the American public has become increasingly aware of just how prevalent and serious mental health conditions are in this country. Millions of Americans suffer from such mental disorders as bipolar disorder, anxiety attacks and depression. Many people who live with these conditions are able to treat the issues through medication and therapy. However, some mental conditions are so serious that the individuals who are suffering with them are unable to go about their day-to-day life, and many are unable to work as a result. Schizophrenia is one of the most serious of mental illnesses.

What is schizophrenia? Well, it is complicated to precisely define this mental illness, but the National Institute of Mental Health describes it as a condition in which the person behaves like there is loss of touch with reality. In essence, this mental illness can have a huge impact on the way a person thinks and feels, which in turn can impact how the person behaves.

Is this the SSA's final answer? Maybe not

When you become unable to work through some injury or illness, you may turn to the Social Security Administration for help. You may hesitate to file for benefits because you hear from others that the SSA denies most claims. That may be true, but that does not mean that you shouldn't try or that you received the SSA's final answer.

You can ask for a reconsideration of the initial decision. Another individual within the SSA will review your claim and make a determination. If you are fortunate enough to receive a favorable decision at this point, you could consider yourself lucky. Otherwise, you may need to consider filing an appeal.

A mental health condition could be a disability

When many of our readers in North Carolina think of a person who has a disability, they may think of a physical disability caused by an injury or illness. But what some people may not know is that some serious mental disorders can leave a person disabled too. And, just like physical disabilities, it may be possible to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for mental conditions.

Awareness about the seriousness - and prevalence - of mental illness in America is growing. However, it is an unfortunate reality that some people attach a stigma to people who suffer from mental health conditions. This may mean that North Carolina residents who are living with a mental health condition may not seek treatment when such a course of action would be most beneficial. Sometimes the symptoms of the condition in question become so serious that the person becomes disabled as a result, facing a complete inability to work.

Overcoming obstacles to get approved for SSD benefits

Many people may make the mistake of thinking that only elderly people need to know about Social Security Disability and other programs that are intended to help employees who are no longer able to work. But, as a recent report pointed out, that simply isn't the case.

According to the recent report, there's about a 25 percent chance that a person who is 20yearsold today will become either physically or mentally disabled by the time that person reaches the age of 67. That is enough of a chance that all workers should familiarize themselves with the basics of Social Security Disability, as well as other options that could help a worker financially in the event that continued employment isn't an option. One of the most important things to learn is that there may be many obstacles to overcome in order to be approved to receive SSD benefits.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits for an illness

There are millions of Americans who are dealing with debilitating illnesses on a daily basis. For these people, the simplest of daily tasks can be a huge undertaking. But does their illness qualify as a disability? That can be a crucial question when it comes to applying for Social Security Disability benefits for an illness.

There are a couple of major requirements that must be met in order for a person's disease or illness to legally qualify them for SSD benefits. First, the condition in question must be expected to last for 12 months or longer. Alternatively, it must be demonstrated that the medical condition will actually result in death. But the expected duration of the illness isn't all that's needed - it must be demonstrated that the illness prevents the applicant for SSD benefits from participating in substantial gainful activity.

Can you qualify for SSD benefits for injuries?

There are millions of Americans who deal with physical and mental disabilities. Some qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. But, some of our readers may wonder, does it matter how you develop the disability to receive this benefits? For instance, can you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for injuries?

In most cases, the cause of the disability probably won't affect a person's ability to qualify for SSD benefits. Many applicants for SSD benefits even suffered a work-related injury that was the cause of their disability. While explaining the cause of the disability may help an initial application for Social Security Disability benefits, qualifying for these benefits will actually hinge more on the medical information the applicant provides and the applicant's work history.

Have COPD? Don't let your chance for SSD benefits go up in smoke

You might have thought you had yet another bout of bronchitis, but then you received some startling news. Your doctor diagnosed you as suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and told you that it's progressive, which means that it only gets worse.

What is COPD and what causes it?

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