If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and/or SSI), the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not look favorably on claims for disability related to mental illness, where the claimant has not used psychotropic medication in an effort to control symptoms.
I Can Still Do Some Household Chores. Am I Qualified for Social Security Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at many pieces of information when deciding whether or not you meet the requirements for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA reviews your medical records. In addition, the SSA requires you to complete forms which ask questions about the activities you do during the day (“activities of daily living” or “ADL’s”).
Same Sex Marriage and SSI Benefits
If you are applying for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits and considering marriage (same or opposite sex), you are advised to obtain advice from an attorney about your eligibility for SSI benefits. Marital status for purposes of SSI benefits is determined under Social Security Administration (SSA) regulation based on the statutes of the State in which a married couple have primary residence at the time an application for SSI benefits is filed.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Children
If a child is determined to be eligible for disability under the Social Security Administration's rules for childhood disability, the child may receive Supplemental Security Income, also known as "SSI." The Social Security Administration evaluates the child's medical condition and considers the child's income and resources.
Crohn's Disease is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the digestive tract; that is, anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Crohn's causes severe abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some people with Crohn's also experience rectal bleeding, weight loss, fever, arthritis, and skin problems.
Children Born After Father’s Death
Only children born after the death of a parent from whom the child would have been able to inherit will be considered a child under the Social Security Administration’s definition.
Social Security Disability Benefits - General Overview
The Social Security Administration pays benefits under two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Social Security disability benefits are available for people who are found eligible by the Social Security Administration.
Do I Need An Attorney?
There is no regulation which states you need an attorney. However, you have a significantly better chance of winning your claim for Social Security disability benefits if you have an attorney representing you.
How Long Will It Take To Get Benefits
The amount of time it will take you to obtain Social Security disability benefits depends on a number of factors.
Your location in the United States affects how long it will take you to obtain Social Security disability benefits.
Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
To be considered “disabled” by the Social Security Administration, you must have a disease or condition which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months, or result in death. This disease or condition must make you unable to do any of your past work.
How Could They Deny Me?
You are not the only one who opened a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and found a Notice of Decision denying your application for Social Security disability benefits.
Nor, are you the only one who received a denial letter after you appealed the denial you received in your Notice of Decision.
Family Violence and Your Social Security Number
The Social Security Administration may help you if you are a victim of family violence. In order to reduce the risk of further violence, you may have chosen to leave an abusive situation, to relocate, and to establish a new identity.
Disabled Americans May Be Prejudiced by CBS News Report
On October 6, 2013, the CBS News program, Sixty Minutes, broadcast an approximately thirteen minute segment which exemplified irresponsible journalism. The segment featured a scandal in the disability system allegedly perpetrated by one attorney, and one Social Security disability judge located in the border area of West Virginia and Kentucky. The broadcast appeared intent upon leading viewers to believe every applicant for Social Security disability is a scammer and all lawyers are scoundrels. The obvious omissions in the broadcast were glaring as were factual inaccuracies and liberties taken.
If you served in the military and were injured, or if you know any wounded veterans, visit Social Security's Wounded Warrior website, www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.