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Steps to strengthen your disability benefits application

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be an important step in the life of a Charlotte resident. After experiencing the devastation of not being able to work for one's own income, preparing an application for Social Security Disability benefits can give a person hope that their future will have some financial security. However, not every application that is submitted to the Social Security Administration is approved on its first pass and unfortunately those that are initially denied and then appealed can take a very long time to resolve.

Charlotte residents can take some important steps to give their applications the best possible chance of approval upon their initial reviews by the Social Security Administration. First, they can work with disability benefits attorneys to make sure that their applications are complete and in full compliance with the filing requirements of the Social Security Administration.

Can my same-sex spouse collect disability benefits through me?

In 2015 the United States Supreme Court issued a history-making decision. The matter rose to the highest court in the land based upon the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples that were granted to opposite-sex couples. When the decision was handed down, all states in the nation, including North Carolina, were required to recognize the marital union between same-sex persons.

As such, many other areas of the law were forced to expand their scope of recognition in order to include benefits to same-sex partners. This includes Social Security disability law and the expansion of disability benefits to same-sex married partners. Individuals, whether of same-sex or opposite sex marriages, have rights to collect disability benefits from their spouses as long as the requirements of the Social Security Administration are met.

Disability benefits after a back injury

Back injuries can be debilitating conditions for Charlotte workers. They can affect anyone, from laborers who lift heavy objects during the course of their work to office workers who spend much of their time in front of computers. When a person suffers a serious injury to their back they may not be able to get back to the job that they need to provide for their loved ones. The Social Security Administration recognizes a variety of ailments that may affect individuals' backs in its disability listings.

For example, disorders ofthe spine are classified under musculoskeletal system ailments. They can manifest from chronic illnesses or injuries and may limit individuals' movement, inflict pain or weakness or may force those who suffer from them to change positions of their bodies often throughout the day.

We support disability benefits applicants

Just last week this North Carolina Social Security disability benefits legal blog provided its readers with a general discussion of what it means to be disabled under the Social Security Administration's definition. Readers may have noted that the definition is not necessarily straightforward nor is it simple. In fact, the definition is wrought with complexities that may make it difficult for a person to fully understand if they are in fact disabled under SSA's disability designation.

Being disabled per this definition is imperative to a person's chances of receiving benefits from SSA. If a person is not considered disabled then they have no entitlement to disability benefits; meeting the definition of disabled is therefore an absolute condition of getting the financial help they need when their mental or physical condition prevents them from holding down a job.

What should you know about the SSD application process?

Are you dealing with an illness or an injury that has left you unable to work? It is possible that you could have a rightful claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, but it can be beneficial to know more about the process before you take the initial steps of your application.

The intent of Social Security Disability benefits is to provide monetary support for North Carolina individuals who are no longer able to work because of a physical or mental condition. However, the application process is complex, and it can be fraught with challenges that may keep you from getting the monetary support you need in a timely manner.

The Social Security Administration's definition of disability

In order for a Charlotte resident to qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration the individual must meet the entity's definition of disabled. This post will address the provisions of the definition provided by the Social Security Administration and what factors may prevent a person from meeting its terms. Individuals should, however, discuss their legal questions with disability benefits attorneys to ensure that they receive case-specific guidance.

The first part of the Social Security Administration's definition of disability is that the person must be unable to participate in substantial gainful activity. This can mean that they are unable to work and provide themselves with the income they need to support themselves. Their inability to engage in substantial gainful activity must be due to the second part of the definition, the presence of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment.

What must be proven to receive SSD benefits for depression?

Depression and depressive disorders are serious mental conditions that can affect every aspect of a Charlotte resident's life. From the manner in which they interact with their loved ones to their capacity to hold down a job, a serious depressive disorder can cripple a person's ability to earn an income and live a full life. Because mental illnesses and disorders such as depression can impose life-altering changes on a person, individuals who suffer from them may often apply for and receive Social Security disability benefits.

If a person suffers from depression they must submit evidence to the Social Security Administration that proves the state and severity of their condition, as well as the duration that they have suffered from it and the expected duration that they will suffer from it into the future. There are a number of criteria that the reviewing entity will look for to establish depression as a condition in the applicant and the remainder of this post will address some of those criteria.

Eligibility requirements for SSI

There is nothing more disheartening than being unable to support one's self with the money one makes from a job. For some Charlotte residents, working hard and saving is all that must be done to ensure that their bills will be paid and their needs will be met. Others may not be able to work due to disability and may not have support systems that can help them stay afloat.

Men, women and children who have disabilities and limited financial means may be able to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration. There are different eligibility requirements for different populations and this post will only discuss the general requirements for a disabled adult who desires to obtain SSI.

Do heart conditions qualify for Social Security disability?

The heart is possibly the most vital organ in the human body. Each day, without conscious effort, the heart of a Charlotte resident beats and pumps blood all throughout the person's corpus. Through the measured, consistent work of the heart the body is fed a constant supply of oxygen, nutrients are moved into necessary systems, and the circulatory system fuels the individual from top of head to tips of toes.

However, when a person suffers a medical problem with their heart their whole life can be impacted. A heart condition can affect a person's capacity to drive, interact with their family and friends, and sustain their energy. Heart conditions can require consistent medical attention and can prevent individuals from holding down the jobs they need to survive.

Do rule revisions simplify medical evidence in SSDI claims?

Are you unable to work due to a debilitating illness or injury? If so, you probably decided to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. The application process can be quite complex, time consuming and frustrating. In fact, the Social Security Administration denies many claims the first time.

In an effort to simplify the process, the SSA revised its rules regarding medical evidence. The change took effect March 27 of this year and affects anyone filing claims after that date. Understanding the changes may help ensure that all of the appropriate evidence you provide with your initial claim reduces the potential for denial.

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