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Factors considered during disability determination

Living with a disability can be a challenge for Oklahoma residents, particularly if they are unable to work because of their condition. Because individuals who suffer from disabling illnesses, injuries and impairments may not be able to support themselves by working, the Social Security Administration offers disability benefits to those who qualify. However, due to the many factors that are considered during a disability determination, disabled individuals may find that their claim for disability benefits has been rejected.

Hearing loss as a disabling condition

Individuals who have the full function of their five senses may take for granted the small smells, sounds and sights that they are exposed to each day. When Oklahoma residents lose the capacity to use one or more of their senses, their world may dull and their capacity to function in it may diminish. This is particularly true of hearing loss, a serious condition that can rob a person of their ability to hold down a job.

Reviews after rejections for disability benefits can be slow

Getting disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can be a life-saving event for an Oklahoma resident. When a person cannot work due to a disabling physical or mental disorder, they may struggle to provide themselves with the most basic of necessities, such as shelter and food. Therefore, receiving a timely review of one's application or appeal may be imperative.

A disability may prevent an employee from working

Accidents and illnesses can keep Oklahoma residents from getting to their places of employment and doing the jobs they were hired to do. It is an unfortunate truth that workplace accidents cost employers millions of dollars each year and force workers to make difficult decisions about how they will pay for all of their needs while off of their jobs. For some, workers' compensation may be an option for getting financial help until they are ready to work once more.

Who decides if I can work despite my disability?

A disability that limits a person's capacity to engage in work functions -- such as moving, sitting and remembering -- and that lasts for at least one year may qualify an Oklahoma resident for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. However, a person must do more than prove that they are disabled to get disability benefits. They must also submit to inquiries regarding their ability to do past work or to transition into other forms of work that may accommodate their disabling conditions.

A disability benefits' denial need not be the end of the fight

To suffer from a disability is to be limited in what a person can physically or mentally accomplish. While some Oklahoma residents are born with conditions that are considered disabling, others suffer from illnesses or injuries that render their bodies and minds in affected states that cause them to become disabled. However, one arrives at their state of disability, they may quickly discover how hard it is to support themselves on their own.

What is the Disability Determination Process?

There are many different diseases and ailments that may prevent Oklahoma residents from finding and keeping wage-earning jobs. The Social Security Administration offers a multitude of guidance on how different disorders and injuries may be assessed with regard to whether they amount to disabilities for the purposes of permitting benefits. However, the Disability Determination Process (DDP) may be confusing to men and women who are planning to begin the application process.

Some benefits can reduce Social Security disability payments

If an Oklahoma resident cannot work due to a disabling illness or injury, then they may seek the support of benefits programs like those offered by the Social Security Administration. Depending upon the nature of their ailments and their need, however, they may also receive compensation from others sources. Individuals who receive certain benefits outside of Social Security disability may be surprised to learn that their disability benefits could be reduced by their other forms of support.

What is a continuing disability review?

Individuals who frequently read the posts on this Oklahoma disability benefits blog may know that in order to qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration a person's impairment must be expected to last for at least 12 months. This means that short-term illnesses and injuries are generally not covered by the organization's benefits' programs. However, even if a person's disability is expected to endure for years or even their entire life, they should be aware that they may be required to continue to demonstrate their need for benefits.

How does a disability freeze help disability benefits recipients?

Individuals who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration generally must have worked for a certain number of years prior to their disability prior to qualifying for access to such support. During the period in which they work credits are earned toward receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration and may be applied toward their disability benefits when they are unable to work. In most cases, a person's work history is used to assess just how much they may receive in support in the form of disability benefits.

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