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Why you should keep seeing a doctor during the SSDI process

Have you become disabled and can no longer work? You may be able to qualify for Social Security benefits, specifically SSDI. Maybe you have already started the application process and are waiting on a response from the Social Security Administration.

Whatever your situation, one thing remains the same: Seeing your doctor regularly is vital to the success of your case. Here are the reasons why you should continue making follow-up appointments with your medical provider.

How do I qualify for Supplemental Security Income?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefits program that provides qualifying individuals with financial support to help them make ends meet. Individuals who are disabled may seek SSI, but they are not the only ones who may qualify. This post will offer a general overview of what it takes for a person to qualify for SSI, but Oklahoma residents who wish to learn more should contact a trusted disability benefits attorney.

In addition to disabled individuals, SSI may also be pursued by individuals aged 65 and older, as well as those individuals who are blind. Falling into one of these three qualifying categories is not all that a person must do to be eligible for SSI, though, as one of the foundational principles of SSI is to support individuals with limited means.

How are eating disorders assessed by the SSA?

A severe eating disorder can disrupt the course of a sufferer's life. While some may believe that eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia are self-imposed conditions that individuals can control, these and other conditions are recognized as mental diseases and may qualify Oklahoma residents for disability benefits. To qualify, individuals who suffer from these mental conditions must meet certain criteria.

First, the eating disorder that the individual suffers from must be persistent and not be a short-term affliction. It must be documented through medical evidence, and the condition must be of such a severe nature that in affects the individual's ability to consume or absorb food. Their affliction must also manifest in physical or psychological harm.

Working with victims of brain injuries and other physical harm

Last week's informative post on this disability benefits legal blog discussed the very serious problems that are associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A victim of TBI may be forced to live the remainder of their life with the consequences of their distress, which can include incapacity and the acquisition of a disability that prevents them from working.

The Law Center for Social Security Disability is a full-service disability benefits firm located in Oklahoma City. The attorneys and staff of the Law Center recognize and understand the many challenges that their disabled clients face when working to secure the financial help they require. We know that no two TBI stories are alike. Through our careful assessment and preparation of a disability benefits application, a victim of TBI can know that their case is being handled competently and comprehensively by the Law Center for Social Security Disability.

Disability benefits may be available for victims of brain trauma

In recent years, research has been performed on the brains of deceased individuals who played football in the National Football League and at other competitive levels. Though many Oklahoma residents enjoy football as spectators, the players who fight on the gridiron can suffer significant trauma to their brains from the repetitive hits that their sport forces them to endure. Some of the players' brains that were studied showed signs of degeneration and impairments that could have affected the players' moods and overall health.

Trauma to the brain is a serious medical issue, as demonstrated by the studies just mentioned, but a person does not have to be a football player or even suffer multiple traumas in order to be affected by a brain injury. A single event could cause a person to suffer a traumatic brain injury, as this harm can be caused by impacts to the head as well as penetration injuries from bullets and other objects.

Physical impairments for SSDI benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a federal benefit available to individuals who are disabled and have contributed to the program through their Social Security taxes from employment. The program pays benefits to people who are disabled and cannot work for at least 12 months or more.

The process of applying for SSDI can be long and complex. One of the first things to determine is whether you are considered disabled according to the program's specific parameters. An understanding of how the Social Security Administration defines disability can help you know if you may qualify for the benefit.

Common myths about SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is misunderstood by many. This federal benefits program provides disabled people who qualify with payment checks due to the fact that they can no longer work to earn a living. However, there are many myths surrounding SSDI, and it is important to understand if the information you have is correct or just a myth.

It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction because the SSDI program has many regulations, and it is not easy for the average person to know them all. Learn about a couple of common myths, so you know what is true and what is not.

Understanding Social Security's Ticket to Work program

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an important government benefit that many Americans rely on when they lose their ability to work due to crippling and life-altering disabilities. Oklahoma residents who receive SSDI understand its critical role in the lives of men and women who cannot get out and make enough money on which to survive. A person can receive SSDI for their entire life if they qualify, though some individuals look for ways to regain some of their autonomy and find placements in the work force.

The Social Security Administration fosters this desire through the Ticket to Work program. Adults who receive disability benefits may utilize it, and through the Ticket to Work program a person may receive access to extra support services to find or maintain employment. These individuals may continue to receive disability benefits while enrolled in the program as they work to reduce their dependence on the support that they receive from the government.

An amputation may qualify a person for disability benefits

A serious trauma can inflict significant and sometimes lifelong consequences on the health and well-being of an individual. For some who suffer injuries, there are no available medical treatments that will allow them to save their limbs and appendages. Nearly two million Americans live with amputations, and many of those individuals live right here in Oklahoma.

An amputation is the removal of a limb or appendage from a person's body. After an accident or injury, an individual may have his or her leg, arm, hand, or other body part removed due to the serious and irreversible trauma it sustained. Losing a limb is a trauma in and of itself, and those who survive amputations face many challenges as they move forward.

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

Understanding all of the acronyms that attach to different government programs can be confusing for individuals who just need help getting by. Particularly with regard to disability programs offered by the Social Security Administration, knowing what an Oklahoma resident may qualify for can be a tough matter to assess. This post will discuss a few of the differences that exist between Social Security's disability benefits program and supplemental income program.

The Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) is available to individuals who have paid into FICA and have enough qualifying work history off which to base disability benefits' payments. "FICA" stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, and, generally, a person has part of their pay deducted each pay period in order to fulfill this requirement.

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