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Securing Social Security Disability benefits may get harder

Lawmakers have proposed changes to the Social Security Disability (SSD) qualifying criteria process that, if passed, would strip many individuals who currently receive benefits of the funds that they rely on for their survival.

Begin the New Year with disability benefits support

The holidays are a happy and fun time of year for many Oklahoma residents. With time off of work, individuals may choose to travel or host loved ones and friends in their homes so that they can share in meals, gifts and love. However, not everyone who is not working over the holidays does so by choice. Men and women throughout the country who live with disabilities may be unable to secure or hold down the jobs they need to get by.

What is a compassionate allowance?

Any disability can effect an Oklahoma resident's life and may keep them from getting or holding down a job. If a person's disabling condition meets the definition of a disability, as set by the Social Security Administration, they may be entitled to receive disability benefits. However, for many individuals who apply for disability support from the Social Security Administration, an assessment or evaluation of their disability evidence must be completed before they are granted help.

Proposed changes to law could affect SSD benefits for many

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are vital for people who are disabled, ill, injured or suffering from a condition. This is true in Oklahoma and across the nation. There are certain requirements for a person to be approved for SSD benefits. Once they are approved, there are still rules that must be followed to continue getting the disability payments. One -- the disability review -- could be changing and this may affect many people who are already getting benefits. With SSD claims, it is important to understand the value of legal representation.

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.

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