Readers of this Oklahoma Social Security disability benefits legal blog may be aware that practically every person who receives disability benefits from the Social Security Administration has had to undergo an application and medical review process. During those steps the individuals' conditions were assessed to ensure that they were truly disabled and that their conditions would endure for at least a year. The process of getting approved for benefits can take some time and if a person's application is denied the appeals process can take even longer.
One of the requirements of meeting the Social Security Administration's definition of disability is that the disabling condition of the applicant is expected to last for at least a year. Many individuals who receive disability benefits maintain them for many years because their ailments are life-long afflictions that they must endure. However, an Oklahoma resident may see their disability benefits cut off if a review of their disability demonstrates that their illness or ailment has medically improved.
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.
Oklahomans who are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease will understand how difficult it is to function normally and hold a job while suffering from it. IBDs include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. There are common denominators with these disorders even though they are slightly different. With that, they can be treated similarly. With IBD, people suffer from remissions and exacerbations and the amount of time these last can vary. Since IBD can be so problematic for a person who is trying to work, its diagnosis and the circumstances treating it could be sufficient to meet the federal regulations to receive Social Security disability benefits for illness.
The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, providing blood flow throughout the body. On average and under normal conditions, the heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and as much as 100,000 times per day. It should go without saying that when there are issues with the heart, it can lead to serious, catastrophic or even deadly results to the victim.
Osteoarthritis is a potentially debilitating disease that affects the joints, cartilage and bones in the body. It can occur in many areas, but it is most commonly found in the hips, thumbs and knees. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is the most common joint disorder found in patients within the United States, but the symptoms can make work difficult for many sufferers.
For the 18 million adults in the U.S. that suffer from depression, the road to finding solutions can be a long and arduous one. Before being formally diagnosed, one may have to deal with years of unsettling highs and lows, doubts and criticisms about why you just can't find your way. Even more frustrating (and troubling) is cycling through a number of medications without finding relief.
In a prior post, we highlighted the way that Social Security disability benefits can help people suffering from mental disabilities. Essentially, people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and schizophrenia, for example, can petition for benefits so that they can help make ends meet. It is estimated that mental illness is a reason for many new petitions.