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Do I qualify for disability if I have a mental illness?

Did you know that you can apply for social security disability benefits if you have a mental illness and meet the established standards?

If you used to work and cannot any more due to your long term and potentially fatal medical condition you may be able to apply for benefits. 

Three myths about qualifying for disability

Health is a precious thing. If you lose it to a long term illness, it is life altering. It can cost you your plans, your job, and potentially your life. You and your family may need to seek financial relief.

Disability benefits are one option, but the application process is complicated and confusing. This has created a number of misunderstandings, including the following myths. 

What options do you have after suffering a work-related injury?

Many Oklahoma residents work hard for years to build a career and earn a living for themselves and their families. A person's job may be a significant part of his or her identity, or at least it consumes a substantial amount of the person's time. As a result, when someone suffers a work-related injury, it can send shockwaves through the individual's personal and professional life.

While individuals may believe it is unlikely that they will suffer a work-related injury, the statistics show otherwise. According to a recent study conducted by the United States Department of Labor, private employers reported more than 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2013. This number actually represented a decrease from the year before, although the specific numbers varied by sector.

Will a person get more SSD benefits if her illness worsens?

There is nothing more important to many Oklahoma residents than their personal health and well-being. Accordingly, when individuals are suffering from a disability or illness, it is vital that they be able to take the time and effort necessary to focus on their health and well-being. A major part of this may be receiving Social Security disability benefits for an illness, in order to address the financial concerns that can be present when a person is suffering from a disability or illness.

As discussed previously in this blog, SSD benefits are typically based on a person's disability and inability to work. There are eligibility requirements that must be met before the individual can qualify for SSD benefits, including an assessment of whether the person can do the work he or she previously performed or whether he or she can perform other work. Aside from the work requirements, there are also requirements that apply in meeting the definition of a disability, including conditions on how long the disability has lasted or is expected to last.

Get the New Year started off right with SSI benefits

The New Year has brought new life changes for many Oklahoma residents. Some are experiencing new or existing challenges as well, however, including those who are facing financial hurdles. This is particularly true for older individuals who are disabled and living on a limited income.

Fortunately, help is available for certain individuals who are facing these financial challenges. If a person is over 65 years old and is blind or has a disability, they can apply for Supplemental Security Income, otherwise known as SSI benefits.

Where to turn when a disability occurs

As Oklahoma residents know, there are many major changes that occur over the course of a person's life. New members join individuals' families through births, marriages or otherwise, while others pass away over time. Many individuals decide to change jobs over the years, which can bring about changes in a family's income.

Of course, one of the most major changes are those dealing with a person's health. Disabilities strike many Oklahoma residents based on various health conditions. When this occurs, it can fundamentally alter the individual's personal life, as well as his or her ability to perform work and earn a living.

What financial help is available for those with a disability?

The future is bright for many young Oklahoma residents. At the same time, however, it is important to plan for unexpected adverse events that can happen in the future, and to understand how a person can protect himself or herself if these events actually happen.

One such event is a disability, which can happen to anyone at any time. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, about one in four individuals at age 20 will become disabled by the time they are 67 years of age.

Getting a successful claim for OK Social Security disability

Patience is a virtue for Oklahoma residents. However, even the most patient person simply cannot wait when the situation is serious, such as when individuals are out of work and waiting for Social Security Disability benefits.

Despite the importance of Social Security Disability benefits, which can provide a financial lifeline to those whose income is limited because of an inability to work, the process to obtain benefits can take some time. This is particularly true as of late, because of a reported backlog in the system that has resulted in a several-month wait for many individuals just to get a hearing.

What are the rights of appeal for a denied benefits application?

Oklahoma residents have disagreements with others virtually every day, whether they be small or large in nature. On some occasions, these disagreements are due to misunderstandings or mistakes, and it is important that these mistakes be corrected in order to set the record straight.

In the legal system, disagreements are common. For instance, no matter how hard a person tries, there are often claims for Social Security disability insurance benefits that are denied when they are first presented to an official in the Social Security Administration. While this can be frustrating for the person who was denied their much-needed benefits, individuals should understand that they have certain rights they can exercise in these situations.

Get the help you need from Social Security disability benefits

When Oklahoma residents suffer a serious injury or disability that prevents them from working, it can be a stressful and intimidating situation. Not only does the individual have to deal with the disability itself, he or she also must confront the financial stresses that come along with being unable to work and earn an income.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help individuals in this predicament; Social Security disability benefits can be a much-needed source of financial help. The benefits can be vital to those who have lost their income, given the fact that the financial demands placed upon a person do not stop simply because of a job loss.

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