If you’re scheduled to participate in a Social Security Disability (SSD) appeal hearing after having initially been denied benefits, there are certain types of questions you can reasonably anticipate being asked. The hearing is presided over by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and while you can have an attorney present to represent your interests, the ALJ will actually be the one posing all of the questions throughout the hearing.
Temporary total disability benefits are paid under employer-secured insurance programs for workers compensation. Because workers comp laws and regulations vary from one state to the next, collecting both Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and temporary total disability benefits (TTD) at the same time is largely dependent upon where you live. While it’s possible to receive both forms of disability benefit payments simultaneously in all states, the manner in which payment amounts are calculated can vary from state to state.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has the ability under current mandates and regulations to test new review procedures and other potential program-wide updates to Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The administration also has the ability to establish appropriate testing criteria for obtaining effective measurements regarding potential system-wide changes and the viability of their implementation throughout the entire disability program. Criteria includes the geographic testing regions and the time frame for testing procedural adjustments.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced it will be reviewing and potentially revising the current listing for Neurological Disorders within its “Blue Book”, the standard qualification criteria for disabling conditions under the Social Security Disability (SSD) program.
The steps involved in applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) with any disabling condition entail essentially the same processes; however, the type of disability you have does influence the information the Social Security Administration (SSA) expects you to present within your application. As July is UV Safety Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time for discussing the eligibility criteria and disability documentation requirements for SSD applicants who suffer from various forms of skin cancer.
As Mental Health Awareness Month, July is perhaps the most appropriate time for reviewing the types of mental diseases and disorders that qualify under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) guidelines for disability benefits. There are a number of conditions that can meet the SSA’s guidelines, though it’s important to understand that there are condition-specific eligibility requirements as well as general disability requirements that the SSA applies to every application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
The number of pending initial claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has been backlogged for some years, but with the record setting 230,000 new applications for SSD received by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in May 2012, the wait time for reviews to be completed and eligibility determinations to be made is expected to increase significantly. In fact, the SSA anticipates pending claims to reach more than 860,000 before the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2012) and more than 1.1 million by the end of the 2013 fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2013).
The number of individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits has hit a record high. Beginning in 2008 and continuing through to the present, the number of new applicants for SSDI benefits has increased substantially, with 2.8 million Americans applying for benefits in 2008 and 2009. That was a 21 percent increase in applications from 2007. It should come as no surprise then that the more than 10 million Americans now receiving disability benefits also sets a record high.
U.S. Congressman Allen West, a Florida republican with Tea Party ties, has found himself in the national spotlight several times over the past few weeks for comments in which he equates Social Security Disability with slavery.
The Social Security Administration (SSA), like every other government agency, adheres to a strict non-discrimination policy. Hence, gender does not play a role in the official review and approval process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.