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Understanding medical equivalence when seeking SSD benefits

Oklahomans who are injured, ill or suffering from a condition that results in an inability to work should know that they can seek Social Security disability benefits. However, the Listing of Impairments does not always specifically address the person's specific issues. It is then that the medical equivalence becomes important. Knowing what the medical equivalence is and how it can apply is vital to meeting the requirements to get an approval for benefits. An impairment is found to be at least equal to an impairment that is on the Listings if it is viewed as having the same severity and duration. Then it will meet the criteria of medical equivalence.

Legal help with understanding available SSD benefits programs

Oklahomans who have mental illness, an injury or condition that leaves them disabled might be able to get Social Security disability benefits. However, many are unaware of the programs that are available to them, let alone how to take the necessary steps for an approval. Understanding the basics is the first step. Once a prospective claimant knows what programs the Social Security Administration offers, it will be possible to decide which one is applicable and move forward with the process.

The difference between SSI and SSDI

If you need to apply for disability benefits through the U.S. Social Security Administration, know that there are two main benefits programs that many people often confuse. Some of the confusion stems from the fact that the acronyms used to identify Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income differ by only one letter.

How the president's budget might affect SSD benefits

Oklahomans who are suffering from a condition, injury or illness that they believe is severe enough to warrant Social Security disability benefits might not be interested in politics or how the government goes about overseeing the various programs available to people in their situation. However, changes are frequently proposed that can alter how the SSD benefits are approved, how long they will last and other factors. Having a basis understanding of this is important.

What is the five-step process for SSD benefits?

For Oklahomans who are suffering from a condition, illness or disability and believe that they warrant Social Security disability benefits, the simplest factors in an approval or disapproval are often lost in the shuffle. Included in these matters is the five-step process that the Social Security Administration utilizes to determine whether the person meets the requirements. Knowing these is vital to a case, especially when the claimant is denied Social Security.

What is the Compassionate Allowances program for SSD benefits?

People in Oklahoma who have an injury, illness or condition that prevents them from working can seek disability benefits from Social Security. While there is often a wait time to be approved for SSD benefits, there are some applicants who need their benefits faster than others. This can be because the conditions from which they suffer are of sufficient severity and progress with such rapidity that they are deemed to have met the requirements and will get their benefits without the normal amount of time elapsed. This is through the Compassionate Allowances program.

How is the decision for approving or denying SSD benefits made?

Sometimes the basics of receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be the most confusing aspect of the entire process. Obviously, the requirements must be met. But before moving forward with a claim for SSD benefits, there are certain questions that will be asked by the SSA when making the determination. Knowing what they are and how to prove that the SSD benefits are warranted is key to the entire application.

What is Ticket to Work under Social Security disability?

Many Oklahomans who are seeking or already receiving disability benefits from Social Security would like to try and get back into the workforce if possible. However, they are frequently confused as to whether getting back to work will negatively impact their benefits. Understanding the federal regulations and the requirements under the Ticket to Work program is imperative before taking part. There are key factors that must be understood.

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