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Who Applies for Disability Benefits the Most?

There are more than 13 million people who receive some form of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) each month. Moreover, the medical conditions that qualified these beneficiaries range from congenital disorders and chronic conditions to traumatic injuries and acute illnesses.

A disability advocate or attorney can help you understand whether your medical condition is likely to be approved quickly or if you will have a longer, more complicated time achieving a disability approval from the SSA.

Social Security 2017 Changes

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) annual financial review is complete and 2017’s changes are in. These annual adjustments can have various implications for disability applicants and recipients, including affecting qualification rules and monthly payment amounts.

Disability provides essential support when you’re unable to work, and getting approved for benefits may be an imperative for you and your family. A disability advocate or attorney can help you understand the SSA’s requirements and can assist you throughout the application and review processes.

How can I Expedite the Disability Application Process?

With a disability that prevents you from earning a living, you’re already likely facing financial hardship. Waiting for a disability decision is therefore a frightening prospect. Unfortunately, there is no way for most applicants to force the issue or skip review steps. There are however ways to eliminate common delays with the disability determination process. With the following hints, you can potentially get your claim processed more successfully and quickly.

National Bone and Joint Health Action Week

The World Health Organization reports musculoskeletal conditions as the leading cause of severe chronic pain and disability in the world, and according to the United States Bone and Joint Health Initiative, these conditions affect more than half of America’s population. These impairments include everything from traumatic injuries and arthritis to spinal conditions like osteoporosis and back pain, all of which can potentially qualify for disability benefits.

September: Pain Awareness Month

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, about 100 million American experience chronic pain issues. Many of these individuals are still in their prime employment years when pain symptoms begin to hinder the ability to work and earn a steady living. When this happens, disability benefits from the Social Security Administration may be an option.

What Internet Accessibility Tools Could I use to Apply for Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a number of online accessibility tools that can help you avoid unnecessary trips to the Social Security field office. If you have mental and/or physical limitations that make it difficult to get around, communicate, or interact with others, these online tools can make the disability application process more expedient and less difficult process for you.

Applying as a Caregiver of an Adult with an Illness

As the caregiver to a friend or family member with a serious illness, you can apply for Social Security disability benefits on his or her behalf. Benefits may be available through one or both of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) disability programs. Once approved, your family member or friend will receive any back benefits due as well as ongoing, monthly disability payments to help cover everyday living expenses, medical bills, and other costs.

Is There any Option Other Than Appealing a Denied Application?

If you’ve been denied disability benefits, then you have to make a quick decision about how to proceed. The Social Security Administration (SSA) only gives you a few days to decide if you’re going to appeal, and failing to respond in time will get your claim permanently dismissed.

Disability benefits from the SSA offer income you can count on for paying bills, covering medical costs, and dealing with everyday living expenses. Filing an appeal is only one option for what to do if you’ve been denied though.


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