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Can a person get disability benefits based on seizures?

When a person suffers a seizure their body can go through a range of different symptoms. They may or may not lose consciousness, and they may or may not lose control of their bodily functions. Some seizures are focal and impact only one part of a person's brain, while others are generalized and take over the individual's entire brain.

Oklahoma residents suffer from different classifications and severities of seizures. Many who have seizure disorders, like epilepsy, take medications and use different treatments to improve their health and medical conditions. However, not everyone is able to improve their health enough and enjoy stability from their condition to hold down a job. When this is the case, benefits may be available.

How can marriage impact SSI-related benefits?

When disabled individuals in Oklahoma meet the basic requirements to receive Supplemental Security Income of disability, blindness, being 65 or older and having limited income and resources, it can be a concern as to when the situation might change to render them ineligible for SSI. Such a case can come about when the person gets married. The SSI benefits can be impacted by marriage and the spouse's income and resources. It is important to understand the rules related to marriage and SSI to address potential problems.

If the SSI recipient marries a person who is ineligible for SSI and the couple resides in the same household, part of that spouse's income can be counted as belonging to the SSI recipient. With that, the amount the eligible person gets in SSI-related benefits will be reduced. It can even lead to the person being ineligible to get benefits. When resources are counted, the value of the spouse's property and money will be calculated. There can be various exclusions when eligibility is determined. If the spouse is eligible for SSI, the combined income will be calculated and counted as a couple. For resources, it will be combined and calculated with various exclusions.

Tenacity may increase your chances of receiving SSDI benefits

Like most of your friends and family members in Oklahoma City, you work hard to provide for your family and support yourself. Unfortunately, though, serious medical conditions and certain injuries can make working impossible. If you cannot work, Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may help you keep up with expenses. 

In Oklahoma, nearly 6% of residents receive disability benefits. Qualifying for SSDI benefits, though, is not always easy. Sometimes, you have to fight for your right to receive payments under the system. Nonetheless, you can take some steps to increase your chances of receiving benefits. Here are three tips for success: 

Getting through disability benefits appeals

Although going to work may not always be an Oklahoma resident's first choice of activity, most people enjoy the feeling of having a job and earning their own income. As children, individuals depend on their parents and other adults for support, and when a person is able to step out on their own and provide for their own needs they may feel a sense of accomplishment. Work is not always easy, but for many it is a necessary element of living the lives that they enjoy.

Because of this, losing the ability to work can be devastating, not just for the affected person but for their entire family. When a person supports their loved ones with their income, an entire household may be thrown into financial peril when a disabling condition curtails the capacity to work. Illnesses, injuries and other ailments may force hardworking individuals out of their jobs and cause them to look into benefits options to care for their needs.

When is anxiety considered a disability?

Anxiety is more than just "feeling nervous." Pretty much all Oklahoma residents have experienced worry or concern about events that are outside of their control. When those events have passed most individuals will experience relief and their apprehension fades away. However, for individuals who live with anxiety disorders, that relief may not always come.

Anxiety affects individuals' mental and physical health. It can cause them to avoid certain situations because of their worries or to persistently fear that something bad may happen. It can cause individuals to suffer increased heart rates, experience trembling in their appendages, lose sleep and even lose focus on tasks that are directly in front of them.

Reconsideration may help a denied disability benefits application

Any readers who follow this Oklahoma Social Security Disability benefits blog know that seeking support due to a disabling physical or mental condition is no easy task. The process of apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income is lengthy and can require copious amounts of medical evidence. Even when a person builds a strong case for disability benefits they may at first have their application denied by the Social Security Administration.

The first step in appealing a denied Social Security Disability benefits application is to request "reconsideration." Requests to have applications reconsidered must be filed with 60 days of the applicants' receiving notice that their initial applications were denied. Reconsideration puts the evidence an applicant submitted in their application in front of a different reviewer than the one who performed the first assessment, to see if they come up with a different result.

Can I get disability benefits for a work injury?

Injuries at American workplaces are unfortunately common and they are not limited to industries where heavy manufacturing or construction takes place. Men and women throughout Oklahoma are hurt each and every day when accidents at their workplaces leave them with painful injuries and suffering. While in some cases a work-related injury may be compensated through a hurt worker's employer's workers' compensation insurance, serious and disabling injuries may avail individuals to Social Security disability benefits.

If a worker's injury is expected to improve and heal within a year, that worker may not be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. They may have the option to seek workers' compensation or another form of short-term disability to help them through their period of recuperation. As readers of this disability benefits blog know, disability benefits are only for permanent disabilities or those that are expected to last for at least one year.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and disability

Complex regional pain syndrome, a name often used for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, is a condition that, in some workers, qualifies as a disability. This condition causes chronic pain, rendering some people unable to retain full-time employment. 

Some employees with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy must turn to part-time work; it is difficult for these workers to meet their cost-of-living requirements under chronic pain conditions that inhibit their activities. 

Seeking benefits for hematological disorders

Hematological disorders impact how a person's blood functions in the body. When a blood disorder is present a person may not get enough oxygen delivered through their entire system. If there is a defect with the composition of their blood then their blood may not properly clot when they are injured. These are only a few of the ways that blood disorders can significantly affect Oklahoma residents' lives and how they provide for their families.

Blood disorders can include cancers. As most of our readers may know, leukemia, multiple myeloma and lymphoma are all cancers of the blood. These disorders can cause significant pain and suffering for their victims and can prevent them from holding down employment.

What role does work history play in receiving SSI benefits?

Supplemental Security Income is a benefits program offered and administered by the Social Security Administration. It is distinct from Social Security Disability Insurance, although both are offered to individuals who suffer from disabilities. Oklahoma residents who receive no or little income may qualify for SSI because it does not require them to have worked or paid into the benefits' program.

Unlike SSDI, which requires individuals to qualify by having worked a certain number of qualifying periods over the course of the preceding decade, SSI does not have a work history requirement. In fact, it is set up to help individuals of low or no income. It is for individuals whose taxable incomes do not qualify them for SSDI and who may be struggling to make ends meet.

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