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As a non-citizen, are you eligible for SSI?

If you are in the United States as a non-citizen, there are two main requirements you must meet to be eligible for Social Security Income. There are other requirements for SSI as well, and you must also be classified under one of several categories to be considered a “qualified alien.”

Qualified alien status

What is the special SSI rule on blindness?

Under the rules of the Social Security Administration, blindness is more than just a person's complete lack of vision. It is also a significant limitation on a person's vision that cannot be corrected with surgery or glasses, contacts or other corrective lenses. Many people who meet the Social Security Administration's definition of blindness have significant trouble working and holding down a job.

However, Oklahoma residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on their blindness should be aware of the special rule that may apply if they do work. Under this special rule, a blind recipient of SII may deduct from their work-related income the expenses they incur so that they can hold down their job, regardless of whether those expenses are blindness-related.

Paralysis may qualify a person for disability benefits

Paralysis is a damaging physical condition that prevents a victim from having sensation in a part of their body. These traumatic injuries are generally the result of damage to the spinal cord, and depending on where a person suffers a spinal cord injury, their type of paralysis may differ. This post will briefly discuss spinal cord injuries and how they may qualify Oklahoma residents for Social Security Disability benefits, but readers are reminded that this post contains no legal or medical advice.

The spinal cord is a group of nerves that run from a person's brain down through their back body. From the spinal cord nerves branch out to the muscles and bodily systems of the person, so that the brain can exert control over the entire body. The spinal cord is encased in a set of bones, called the spinal column.

An illness can be a long-term, disabling condition

This year, influenza has hit the nation at an alarming pace and caused thousands of people to suffer miserable symptoms and miss days of work, school and other important commitments. Unfortunately, Oklahoma was not left out. Luckily though, for most, rest and time give them relief from their ailments. Illnesses, such as the flu, common cold and other transient diseases, are short-term issues that cause conditions that people can get over. Other illnesses, however, can be serious and last a lifetime, preventing people from leading normal lives.

This Social Security Disability benefits legal blog has discussed some disabling diseases that may avail sufferers to financial support from the Social Security Administration. Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), cardiovascular disease and arthritis are just some of the conditions recognized as being potentially disabling. Serious conditions, such as cancer, can also be disabling, if their impacts are serious and long-term.

Defining disability under the Social Security Administration

As readers of this Oklahoma City Social Security disability benefits legal blog are likely aware, disability benefits are often available to men and women who are not able to work because they suffer from disabling injuries, illnesses and medical conditions. In order to avail themselves to these benefits, individuals must first apply and meet the requirements of the Social Security Administration. One of the most important requirements that they must meet is the agency's definition of disability.

In order to be disabled under the Social Security Administration's definition of the term a person must not be able to do the work that they did before sustaining their injury or acquiring their illness. Additionally, the person must not be able to change to other types of work because of their medical issue. Put simply, the person's ailment must prevent them from holding down a job.

Documents you need to apply for SSDI

If you are over 40 and planning on applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI, there are several important documents you need. In addition, these documents must be current and up-to-date in order to complete your application correctly.

Many people attempt to apply for SSDI benefits by themselves without the assistance of a lawyer who can help prepare the application to ensure it meets the necessary requirements. In cases where people apply by themselves, denials can be frequent. If you have not yet applied for SSDI, it is a good idea to consult first with an attorney to see what you need to do and how to proceed. This consultation can help you avoid costly hassles and difficulties that can occur when you receive a denial and have to appeal the decision.

3 things to know about filing a Disability Report for SSDI

One of the most important documents in an application for Social Security Disability Insurance, commonly known as SSDI, is the "Adult Disability Report." The Social Security Administration requires this form for all SSDI applications, and in it, the applicant lists pertinent information relating to his or her disability.

The Adult Disability Report is a complicated form to complete. What is more, if an applicant makes a mistake or completes the form incorrectly in any of its parts, he or she is more likely to have a denied claim. A claim denial is an even bigger problem than the initial application because the only way to resolve it is by filing an appeal, which requires an attorney's assistance. That is why before you complete an Adult Disability Report form, you should learn a few things that can help. Here are three facts to know before you attempt to complete this part of the SSDI application by yourself.

Who is eligible for Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a disability program administered by the Social Security Administration. Oklahoma residents who limited financial support or income may qualify for income from this program, if they are disabled, blind or over the age of 65 and meet several other important criteria. This post will briefly discuss the qualifications a person must meet to receive SSI, but readers are reminded that this post is not legal advice.

As stated, a person must be either disabled per the Social Security Administration's definition of the term, blind or at least 65-years-old to receive SSI. Additionally, their income and financial resources must be sufficiently limited to avail them to this financial benefits program. In addition, qualified individuals must be United States citizens, nationals or qualified aliens, must reside in the United States or United States territory and must not be confined in a government-run hospital.

What steps may be taken if my disability case is being reviewed?

Oklahoma City residents who apply for Social Security disability benefits want to have their applications approved the first time they are received by the Social Security Administration so that they experience no delays in the payment of the support they need. However, not all requests for benefits are approved on first pass and many go through an extensive review process before they are granted. This post will offer an overview of the review steps a claim may go through if it is denied upon its initial consideration.

First, if an applicant's application is denied then that applicant has sixty days to request that their application be given a reconsideration review. A reconsideration review is undertaken by a Social Security Administration employee who was not involved in the application's initial consideration. If the reconsideration reviewer sides with the applicant then the application will be approved and benefits will be paid. If the reviewer agrees that the application should be denied then the applicant's next step is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

Depression may serve as a basis for disability benefits

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects many Oklahoma residents every year. While it may not be possible to tell if a person suffers from depression just by looking at them, medical evidence may demonstrate the serious and debilitating nature of a Social Security disability benefits applicant's mental condition based upon depression. This post will briefly discuss some of the factors that may be evaluated to determine that a person's depression is a disability, but readers are reminded that the information contained on this blog contains no legal or medical advice.

Evidence of depression may be derived from many aspects of a person's condition. They may suffer from problems sleeping or they may have low energy even when they do rest. Depression can manifest as problems with an affected person's concentration, a depressed disposition, a feeling of low self-worth as well as thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

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