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How is blindness defined by the Social Security Administration?

Many North Carolina residents wear glasses or contact lenses to improve the quality of their eye sight. It is possible for people with significant near or far-sightedness to improve their vision to the point that they are able to engage in the careers and activities of their choosing. However, not all individuals with vision problems are able to find this level relief through corrective measures.

What if my claim was denied after a reconsideration hearing?

Not long ago this Charlotte-based Social Security disability benefits law blog offered its readers a post on the reconsideration hearing process for disability benefits applicants. An applicant's claim may be given a reconsideration hearing if it is initially denied. A process is in place to make sure that the claim receives a new review in the reconsideration hearing and in some cases an applicant may receive a positive outcome at the conclusion of the process.

An overview of the reconsideration hearing process

Not long ago this Charlotte Social Security disability legal blog discussed the incredibly long waits that some Americans must face when their disability benefits' applications are initially denied. The first step in having one's denial reviewed is to request a reconsideration hearing. A reconsideration hearing must be requested within 60 days of when an applicant receives notice that their SSD benefits application has been denied; this post will briefly explain what happens during a reconsideration hearing.

Americans wait for months to get disability appeal hearings

It is not uncommon for an applicant for Social Security disability benefits to have their initial application denied. A denial is not necessarily a permanently closed door for someone who is unable to work, but rather another hurdle they must overcome in order to get the help they need and deserve. After receiving a denial of benefits letter a North Carolina resident may choose to have their matter reviewed and submit an appeal.

Social Security Disability benefits and a recipient's family

Disability benefits are often available for men and women who suffer from physical and mental disabilities that keep them from working. All throughout North Carolina individuals rely on these benefits to ensure that they can live their lives and meet the financial commitments that they are responsible for. However, not all readers may know that individuals who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can have those benefits extended to certain members of their families.

Common reasons disability benefits applications may be denied

It is an unfortunate fact that many valid applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied at the initial application stage. This is because the applicants may have not provided enough information about their conditions to prove that they are unable to work or because their documentation regarding their disabilities is otherwise lacking. This post will share some of the other reasons that Charlotte residents may see their disability benefits applications denied.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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