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How does having multiple impairments effect my disability claim?

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to Oklahomans and people across the U.S. who meet the requirements based on the federal regulations. These can be confusing, especially if the person has several impairments and is uncertain of whether they are of sufficient severity to warrant an approval. The mistake people make in these circumstances is misunderstanding the way the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes its decisions. If a person has multiple impairments, the SSA assesses the case differently than if the person has a single impairment.

Can my SSD benefits be suspended and why?

Oklahomans who believe they meet the requirements to get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for an illness, condition or injury might feel optimistic about their chances to be approved when making a claim. However, there are situations in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) will stop the benefits prior to a determination.

Do I have recourse if I think the disability judge was unfair?

Oklahomans who have an injury or condition that they believe is of sufficient severity that they should get Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be frustrated when they are denied Social Security. While there are four levels of appeal to seek an overturning of the decision and to be granted SSD benefits, some cases are more complex. It is possible for a case to be denied not on its merits, but because the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) was unfair. For people who believe this has happened in their situation, it is important to understand the process of filing a complaint.

What should I know about exertional limitations for SSD benefits?

When a person in Oklahoma is suffering from an injury or illness that they believe warrants an approval for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it is important to note that it is not as simple as applying and automatically getting the benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to make certain that people who are applying meet the necessary requirements. There are many factors to consider. For those who are limited in how much they can exert themselves because of their impairment, it is imperative to understand how the SSA gauges exertional and non-exertional limitations.

The importance of age for SSD benefits and an inability to work

If an Oklahoma resident is injured, ill or has a condition that results in an inability to work, Social Security Disability benefits can be a critical factor in making ends meet and getting treatment. However, many people are denied SSD benefits even if they seem to have a solid case from the beginning. This might not be due to factors related to their condition, but because of the information - or lack thereof - they provided to the Social Security Administration during the application process. There is a five-step process the SSA uses to make its determinations and it is important for people to adhere to this to have the best chance at an approval.

Can my family members get benefits when I receive disability?

When an Oklahoman is approved for Social Security Disability benefits, it will be a relief. Suffering from an illness, injury or condition can be a financial and personal struggle and disability benefits will alleviate a significant portion of the worry and fear that accompanies being confronted with these issues. Many might take that relief and leave their benefits as is, failing to understand that there are other potential benefits they and their family can receive.

How does the SSA define levels of work for SSD benefits?

When an Oklahoman is suffering from an injury, illness or condition that results in a claim for Social Security disability benefits, there are certain factors that the Social Security Administration must assess in the context of federal regulations. Not everyone's ability to physically exert themselves is limited in the same way. To make its determinations and decide if the applicant meets the requirements for SSD benefits, it is important to understand the physical exertion requirements for work that exists in the national economy.

How does not following prescribed treatment impact SSD benefits?

When suffering from an illness, condition, or injury that is severe enough that an Oklahoman believes he or she should get Social Security disability benefits, there are many requirements to follow when applying. It is not a simple matter of filing out an application and being awarded SSD benefits. Evidence is imperative to the process, and it must be shown that the person is at least trying to achieve maximum improvement even if it is unlikely to result in a claimant being able to return to work.

Who decides when an SSD benefits applicant is unable to work?

When it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits, Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) currently use information from vocational experts (VEs), such as employment counselors, contracted with the SSA,to decide whether there are enough jobs the applicant would be able to perform. This is significant, as an applicant in Oklahoma or elsewhere in the nation who can work and thus earn an income that is above a low threshold set by the SSA will not qualify for SSD benefits.

How does the Social Security Administration define 'disability?'

When a person is young, they may take their good health for granted. After all, it may seem like serious illnesses or injuries only happen to the elderly. However, this is a misconception. Any worker in Oklahoma, young or old, can develop a medical condition that is so severe that it renders them disabled. When this happens, they may want to pursue Social Security disability benefits.

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