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Government may use social media to cut off disability payments

What a person chooses to share on social media is personal, but it may quickly become public if they do not use specific sharing protocols to limit who may view their information. For example, a stranger could find out a lot about a North Carolina resident just by scrolling through their pictures and shares on Facebook if that person maintained a public profile. For recipients of disability benefits, the government may soon be watching social media, too, as they search for cases of benefits fraud.

Working while receiving Social Security Disability benefits

Previous posts here have provided our readers with information about applying for disability benefits, ensuring that those benefits continue and taking action if benefits are stopped. One topic that can relate to all of these categories of interest is the capacity of a disabled person to perform some form of work. Those who can engage in "substantial gainful activity" may not qualify for disability benefits, but those who can do limited work or who may go back to work while receiving benefits may be subject to different rules.

What does "substantial gainful activity" mean?

According to the definition of disability provided by the Social Security Administration, a person may be deemed disabled and therefore potentially eligible for disability benefits if they are unable to do "substantial gainful activity" because of a physical or mental impairment that will end in their death or will last for at least a year. There are many confusing terms in this definition that may cause North Carolina residents to pause and evaluate if they meet the Social Security Administration's definition. It is important to understand what "substantial gainful activity" means.

Disability benefits appeal takes time and are too slow for some

When a person applies for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, they must follow the procedural steps that this governmental entity has put into place to allow for the fair and impartial review of applications that arrive each and every day. While the procedures it has established helps the Social Security Administration maintain an orderly manner of functioning, the process can be cumbersome and slow for men and women who are in need of support. In fact, in North Carolina and throughout the United States, individuals seeking disability benefits are dying before their appealed cases are reviewed, according to reports.

The right information for individuals who are unable to work

At our law firm, we are dedicated to supporting the legal needs of North Carolina residents who are unable to work because of disabling medical conditions. Disabilities can be long-term conditions that individuals have had to live with from the beginnings of their lives, and they can result from sudden illnesses and injuries that take people by surprise. In whatever manner a person's disability developed, at our law firm we work to help them understand if and how their condition may allow them to seek benefits from the Social Security Administration.

What is a representative payee for SSD benefits?

Illnesses and injuries can be disabling and individuals who are unable to support themselves because of their disabilities may qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration. This North Carolina disability benefits blog is dedicated to educating its readers about the disabilities, rules and processes that are relevant to disability benefit applications. This post will address the important topic of how disability benefits are managed when a recipient is unable to take care of their own finances.

Get organized before filing for disability benefits

Reaching the point in one's life where it is no longer possible to work due to a disability can be a difficult and frustrating event. However, more than the personal defeat that a North Carolina resident may feel about being unable to do a job, the stress of being unable to provide for one's self and loved ones may cause a person to experience concern and fear over their financial future. Prior to filing for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration there are some organizational steps that individuals can take to support their applications for help.

Seeking benefits for disabled adult children

When a new baby is born into the world their parents may be overjoyed by the new addition to their family. While many North Carolina parents are able to transition into parenthood without any significant problems or challenges, others may be devastated to learn that their new children have arrived with serious and sometimes life-threatening conditions. While some affected newborns may suffer from treatable illnesses and disorders, others may have to learn to live with their conditions for the rest of their lives.

Social Security approves 5 conditions for compassionate allowance

The compassionate allowance program is a special fast-track way for certain identified illnesses and disorders to be approved for disability benefits by the Social Security Administration. Conditions identified for this program do not undergo the same review process as others and individuals who suffer from them may begin to receive the benefits they need sooner than they would if they had to go through the normal path to benefits. North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that the acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration recently announced that five additional disorders have been included in the fast- track program.

What happens to disability benefits if I want to go back to work?

Not everyone who qualifies for and receives Social Security disability benefits will be able to go back to working for earned income. In fact, disability benefits exist in order to help men and women who have paid into the system to stay financially on their feet when disabling injuries and illnesses prevent them from holding down jobs. However, in some situations North Carolina residents who have received disability benefits may find that they want to go back to having their own careers.

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