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SSD claims are still being processed, but beware of scammers

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused considerable anxiety among many Americans -- not just for their health but for their financial well-being. People who receive Social Security payments, including Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, may wonder if those payments will be interrupted or delayed.

Understanding SSD benefits if you're nearing retirement age

If you're one of the millions of Americans receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits because an illness, injury or disability has left you unable to work, you know how much you've come to count on that money as a source of income.

Can substance abuse prevent you from getting disability benefits?

Substance abuse, whether it involves alcohol or drugs, can cause or worsen any number of mental and physical disorders and impairments. Sometimes, people use alcohol and drugs to "self-medicate" in order to deal with mental or physical issues they already have. They too often become addicted to these substances.

What other benefits impact the amount of SSD you can qualify for?

If you're applying for -- or already receiving -- Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may be receiving benefits and payments from other sources as well. Some of these other sources of income can impact how much you're entitled to receive in SSD benefits, while others may not.

What should you do if you're denied Social Security Disability?

If your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has been denied, then know that you're not alone. Many applicants have their requests for benefits rejected at first pass. Some individuals have their applications denied multiple times. There are ways that you can appeal the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) decision though.

Can a person return to work and still collect benefits?

There are many residents of Charlotte who have had to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits are available to help people who are no longer able to work. They can help a person continue to provide for their family but, if a person wants to return to work, will they lose these benefits?

Social Security Disability and Acceptable Medical Sources

Charlotte area residents who are living with a serious illness or injury may want to investigate whether they are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD). SSD is a program to help those who are no longer able to work because of a serious illness. In order for a person to qualify for SSD they must have a medical diagnosis from an approved medical source. Not every provider is an approved medical source for diagnosing a disability.

New proposal could affect SSD benefits for millions

The process for obtaining Social Security benefits is often an arduous one, and some people in Charlotte may find it takes years before they are finally approved. While approval for benefits is certainly a victory, a proposal published in the Federal Register in November has the potential to affect hundreds of thousands of SSD benefit recipients in our nation who may face the risk of losing their benefits.

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