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Basics of the appeals process

The reality of Social Security Disability is that nearly two thirds of applications are initially rejected. While in many cases the victim's disability does not qualify, in many other cases the applicant simply failed to provide the necessary documentation or did not properly fill out all the necessary paperwork. The application process can be tricky, especially for someone already suffering from an illness, injury or mental condition that prohibits them from working.

As a reminder, your case must fit two basic criteria. You must have an illness, injury or mental condition that is serious enough that you are unable to maintain gainful employment, and your condition must be expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death. If you fit both of these criteria, you have a better chance of your application getting approved.

Basics of the Social Security appeals process

The reality of Social Security Disability is that nearly two thirds of applications are initially rejected. While in many cases the victim's disability does not qualify, in many other cases the applicant simply failed to provide the necessary documentation or did not properly fill out all the necessary paperwork. The application process can be tricky, especially for someone already suffering from an illness, injury or mental condition that prohibits them from working.

As a reminder, your case must fit two basic criteria. You must have an illness, injury or mental condition that is serious enough that you are unable to maintain gainful employment, and your condition must be expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death. If you fit both of these criteria, you have a better chance of your application getting approved.

Tackling your disability alone may be difficult

If you find yourself struggling to deal with a disability, the last thing you want to deal with is paperwork and forms and hassles. This is true for someone who has a mere cold or flu; things can be especially difficult if you are suffering from a serious condition that is preventing you from working long-term.

The Social Security Administration has various programs in place to help Americans who are suffering from a serious injury, illness or mental condition that prevents them from maintain gainful employment. If the condition is expected to last at least a year or ultimately end in death, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. In addition to having a qualifying disability, in order to qualify for SSDI, you must have also paid into the program through payroll taxes.

Spinal cord injuries among qualifying SSDI conditions

One of the most important parts of the human body is the spinal cord. The spinal cord protects nerves that run from the brain throughout the body and are a crucial element of a body's mobility. Damage to the spinal cord can result in serious injuries which could result in long-term or life-long permanent disabilities.

Loving a loved one through all stages of mental illness

If your immediate family member is no longer able to work due to mental illness, you may be among many other New Jersey residents who often feel overwhelmed, sad and worried as they do their best to care for those who are ill. If you're one of the primary caregivers in your loved one's life, your own state-of-mind and reactions to the situation may greatly impact the one entrusted to your care. Tremendous responsibility and obligation coincide with loving someone through the phases of mental illness.

It's often helpful to reach out to support networks, especially if your area provides opportunity to share time and stories with others who understand what you're going through on a daily basis. In the meantime, it's also best to educate yourself as much as possible, not only on the particular illness from which your loved one suffers, but regarding legal matters, such as Social Security Disability Insurance and other pertinent issues that may affect your loved one's or your own life.

New Federal Budget might affect Social Security

During the election, then candidate Donald Trump assured Americans that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would not be among the many cuts suggested in a federal budget if he became President. But now, following choice words by White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, it appears that the administration is trying to create a distinction between "core" Social Security benefits, and the Social Security disability program. This distinction may affect anyone collecting such benefits. This was also confirmed though a four page White House memo recently released.

Multiple ex-NFL players pledge to donate brains for research

Following recent revelation that last year National Football League star quarterback Tom Brady may have played through concussions during the season, two retired players, former quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and former New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Marshall announced that they will donate their brains for research on head injuries to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The two made their announcement in conjunction with their annual Brain Trust: Pathways to innoVAtion event.

Social Security Disability is designed to help accident victims

If you have suffered from a serious injury as a result of an accident or work-related injury, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. In order to qualify, you must prove that your injury is serious enough that you are unable to maintain gainful employment for at least a year, or that your condition is so serious that it is expected to end in death.

This may not be easy, especially considering that you are disabled. You likely are working hard in therapy trying to rehabilitate. You are also out of work, so you are likely suffering from a financial void from not collecting any income.

What are some symptoms of schizophrenia?

While only approximately one percent of individuals in the United States suffer from schizophrenia, it is a disorder with a very negative stigma. However, it is important to keep in mind that individuals with schizophrenia are not a danger to other individuals. They also do not have multiple personalities. Newark residents should remember that, like other mental illnesses, it is not always a disease that manifests itself with physical symptoms. Nevertheless, it can be extremely debilitating.

When a person is having an active schizophrenic episode, they will experience a number of very serious and life-altering symptoms. For example, there are positive psychotic symptoms, in which the person may hallucinate, become delusional and have an exaggerated sense of self.

Compassionate allowance conditions: Heart Transplant Wait Lists

It's unfair to think that the Social Security Administration is a thoroughly heartless entity designed to make things harder for beneficiaries. It might not seem that way when you are the person, or loved one of a person, in New Jersey going through the arduous steps of obtaining benefits to which you believe you are entitled. But the SSA is there to help.

It's important to remember, though, that the agency has to operate within the limits of laws enacted by Congress. Because of that, even some of the common sense policies employed by SSA adjudicators can seem at once generous and on the other stingy. As we noted in a post last month, compassionate allowance determinations might be viewed this way. The allowances mean faster decisions, but recipients still have to wait six months to receive the assistance.

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