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Charlotte Social Security Disability Blog

Can I get disability benefits after a concussion?

Every year thousands of Americans suffer injuries to their brains when they are involved in accidents and incidents such as falls, vehicle collisions and work-related traumas. While some brain injuries will resolve themselves and will allow Charlotte residents to go back to living their normal lives, others can have devastating and long-lasting effects. This post will discuss traumatic brain injuries and how they may qualify someone for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

A mild traumatic brain injury may manifest as a concussion. An individual may lose consciousness for a short period of time, may feel sick or dizzy or may experience changes in their sleep habits. Mild traumatic brain injuries should be assessed by medical professionals but generally these symptoms improve and resolve over time.

Age and work credits may impact disability benefits award

If a Charlotte resident cannot work due to a mental or physical disability stemming from an injury or illness they should be able to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. However, only a qualifying disability may get the applicant the support they need in the form of benefits. A disability is not the only requirement a person must satisfy in order to get help from the Social Security Administration. An applicant for disability benefits must also have enough work credits from their past employment to qualify them for help.

Work credits are gained through working and paying into the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or "FICA," tax program. Over time, a person builds credit through continued employment and, if and when they become disabled, they can use those credits for disability payments and support.

What diseases qualify for compassionate allowances?

Individuals who wish to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration must complete applications that require them to demonstrate how their ailments meet the agency's definition of "disability." The disability definition has multiple parts, such as a requirement that the disabling condition will last for at least a year, as well as requirements that detail how the condition limits the applicant's activities. If a person cannot satisfy each of the elements in full then they may have their request for benefits denied.

There are, however, certain diseases and medical conditions that do not require North Carolina applicants to fulfill the strict requirements of the disability benefits process. These conditions and disorders are considered very serious and individuals who suffer from them receive special consideration from the Social Security Administration. The requests for benefits are generally expedited and the term used to describe this special process is a "compassionate allowance."

Candidate for spinal fusion? You may also qualify for disability.

North Carolina readers know how significantly a back injury or condition can affect their lives. Serious back pain can affect your ability to work, complete daily tasks without pain and function normally. In some extreme cases, an appropriate treatment for certain types of back injuries and disorders is lumbar fusion surgery.

Lumbar or spinal fusion is a major surgical procedure, yet it can be an effective treatment to relieve certain types of issues. Recovery from this type of surgery can be significant, and even after the healing process, you may be limited in what type of physical activity you can do. If the condition of your back is precarious and keeps you from holding gainful employment, you could be eligible for disability benefits.

Disability benefits for autism spectrum disorders

According to the advocacy group Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorder is a class of conditions that can affect a person's social, communicative and behavioral development. It is not unusual for a child to be placed "on the spectrum" if they exhibit characteristics that fall into the range of possible autism disorders and autism can and does affect a person for their lifetime. While many North Carolina residents who live with autism spectrum disorder are able to lead fulfilling and successful lives, others struggle to care for themselves and to work for income.

Because autism spectrum disorder is a range of conditions, it is not possible to say exactly what it is. It is diagnosed by a medical professional and, depending upon the needs of the individual, a treatment or therapy plan may be put into place. Not all treatments work for all types of the disorder and individual care plans are often specialized.

Can I get both workers' comp and SSD benefits?

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, a Charlotte worker who gets hurt on the job and winds up with a permanent disability as a result may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for her injuries.

Because it was a work-related injury, these workers may wonder if they can also draw benefits through North Carolina's workers' compensation system if they get disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, as workers' compensation may also compensate a disabled employee for her work-related injury.

Disabling diagnosis may cause eligibility for disability benefits

It is a diagnosis that no person wants to receive, but too many Charlotte residents get each year: cancer. Just recently, this Social Security Disability benefits legal blog discussed how cancer may serve as the basis of a disability benefits claim. The requirements that a person must satisfy to qualify include, but are not limited to, proving disability through medical notes and doctor information and providing a complete application.

However, not every person who is diagnosed with cancer will qualify for disability benefits and not every person with cancer who does qualify will be approved for benefits upon the first review of their application. Having one's disability benefits application denied can feel devastating, especially when the applicant is unable to work and struggling to provide for themselves and their family. They may feel hopeless in the face of their diagnosis and their inability to get the support they need.

Does my child's illness qualify for SSI?

Every expectant parent hopes and may pray for an easy labor and delivery, as well as a healthy newborn to add to their family. While many Charlotte residents are able to leave the hospitals with their infants shortly after birth, some parents learn soon after their children are born that they suffer from illnesses and disorders that require ongoing medical treatment. Some illnesses that manifest in early childhood are so severe that they may impact the children for the rest of their lives.

When a child suffers from a disabling illness that child may qualify for Supplemental Security Income. While some present-at-childhood illnesses may require parents to wait to find out if their children will receive SSI, some illnesses allow kids to receive immediate payments of financial help while their applications are reviewed.

Your diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and disability benefits

North Carolina readers are aware of their right to certain types of financial support in the event that a medical condition takes their ability to work. Individuals who can no longer work due to a disabling medical condition could have a rightful claim to either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance.

Receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can change your life. It can affect virtually everything, including your ability to hold gainful employment. If you are currently struggling with the symptoms and impact of your illness and cannot work, you would be wise to explore how you may be able to apply for these types of benefits through SSI or SSDI.

Periodic reviews may bring disability benefits to their end

Individuals who have looked into applying for Social Security Disability benefits may believe that once they are approved for benefits that those benefits will not be terminated. While this is sometimes true, in other situations recipients of disability benefits may have their benefits stopped if the Social Security Administration finds that they are no longer disabled. There is a review process for disabilities that North Carolina residents can expect to face if they are approved to receive disability benefits.

When a review of a person's disability will be completed greatly depends upon how long the disability was thought to last at the time the recipient applied for benefits. For example, if the disability a person suffered from was not expected to improve, then their disability review may not occur for many years after their approval. However, if their disability was expected to experience medical improvement, then their condition may be reassessed as soon as six months after the initial approval of their benefits.

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