North Carolina residents who meet the basic requirements for Supplemental Security Income of being disabled, blind or 65 and older must also understand there are other factors that will be critical to a determination that the person is entitled to SSI benefits. If they do not meet all the criteria, they will face denied SSI claims and may consider appealing the case to try to get the decision overturned. Before thinking about such a problematic scenario, it is important to know how the Social Security Administration considers earnings when deciding on an SSI claim.
When applying for SSI benefits, earnings are considered wages and income from self-employment. When seeking or receiving SSI, the person must inform the SSA about how much they earn. For those who have a representative payee - a person who manages the benefits when the SSI recipient is deemed unable to do so - then that person must report the income. For those who are taking part in Ticket to Work and are trying to get into the workforce, it is also important to report the earnings.
In some cases, another person's earnings will impact the SSI recipient's situation. This must also be reported. For example, a spouse who works and resides with the SSI recipient or a child who gets SSI and lives with a parent who is earning money should have their income reported to the SSA. The SSI recipient must report: monthly wages prior to taxes and deductions; if they stop working; if there is a raise or reduction in income; if they take another job in addition to the one they had; if there are work expenses due to the disability; and any work expenses for a blind person. The SSA will need proof of income.
There is a litany of reasons why the SSA might deny or stop SSI benefits. One is when the person fails to properly report their income as they are required to do to get or maintain their benefits. If there is a problem with income reporting or confusion as to earnings and how it impacts a claim, it is important to understand SSI Supplemental Security Income options.
There are certain things in life that Charlotte residents can prepare for. Retirement, expanding their families and even changing jobs are events that some people may be able to see in the future and can make plans to achieve. Other events, unfortunately, are emergencies or are unexpected and cannot be foreseen by those who are affected by them.
Oftentimes, the occurrence of a disabling condition may catch a person by surprise. An illness that robs them of their ability to be self-sufficient, or an injury that renders them dependent on others, can happen in the blink of an eye. While some individuals may live their whole lives with disabilities, others may acquire them after years of healthy living and self-supporting activity.
Through the Social Security Administration, individuals with disabilities may be able to secure different forms of benefits. Different benefits may be available to different individuals, and knowing just what to apply for can be confusing. Once a person knows what they want to seek from the Social Security Administration, they must successfully apply for the benefits that will improve their life.
Not every application for disability benefits is approved the first time it is reviewed. In fact, the Social Security Administration has an extensive review process that applications may cycle through and may linger in while applicants wait for determinations. At our law firm, we attempt to help our clients secure disability benefits throughout their application processes. When disabled individuals and their families have questions about what benefits to seek and how to apply for them, we do our best to support them with the help they need.
Breathing is something that North Carolina residents may take for granted. For most people, their bodies take control of respiration and handle the important task of feeding their bodies with oxygen while they are awake and while they are asleep. For others, though, respiratory illnesses deprive them of the ability to forget about their breathing and the important purpose that it serves.
The Social Security Administration recognizes many respiratory illnesses and disorders as potentially disabling. For example, cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that can cause lung infections, breathing issues, and in some cases, death, is recognized as a potentially disabling respiratory condition. Asthma, a condition that narrows breathing airways and causes extra mucus to form in the body, can also disable a person if it is severe.
As with other illnesses and diseases, respiratory disorders must be assessed in order to determine if they meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. An individual who seek disability benefits based on a respiratory condition may have to submit medical documentation of their illness, how long they have had it, and what treatments they have tried to find solutions or cures to their condition.
A serious respiratory illness may keep a person out of work permanently and may deny them the opportunity to hold down a job with which they may support themselves and their family. Getting timely help can make a difference in how soon a person is able to begin receiving the disability benefits that they need. Attorneys who work in the disability benefits law field may be consulted by individuals who are struggling to get by due to their respiratory disorders.
Getting Social Security Disability benefits is not an easy task. When a North Carolina resident chooses to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income they must submit to serious assessments of their financial and physical or mental health. There are multiple requirements that they must meet in order to be granted benefits, and one of those requirements is having their disabling condition recognized by the Social Security Administration.
The Social Security Administration's list of disabling conditions is often referred to as the "Blue Book" and on that list individuals may find a number of physical and mental conditions organized by body system and process. Conditions listed are generally recognized as disabilities if they meet the severity identified by the Social Security Administration, but from time to time applicants suffer from conditions that have not been included on this extensive list.
When this happens applicants may need to submit significant medical evidence to demonstrate that they are, in fact, disabled. They will need to prove that that their condition prevents they from doing the tasks necessary for completing work and that their condition is persistent and will last for at least a year. They effectively must build cases to prove that they are disabled by medical ailments that have not yet been identified by the Social Security Administration as disabilities.
Doing this may be a significant undertaking for a person who is unable to work because of a severe mental or physical disability. It is important to understand the basics of applying for disability benefits.
If you have been ill or injured and are unable to return to work, you may be feeling the pinch of the loss of your income. As days go by, you know the situation will only get worse until you are able to get back on your feet, if that ever happens. You may be considering pursuing alternative sources of income to get you through this difficult time.
Many in North Carolina and elsewhere who are in a similar situation seek relief through the Social Security Administration. Applying for disability benefits can be a challenging and frustrating process, but if the SSA approves you, you may have the financial support you need. However, before going through the process of applying for benefits, it is important to understand whether your situation matches the SSA's definition of a disability.
How do I qualify?
If you expect your symptoms to improve so you can return to work, Social Security Disability may not be for you. SSD is for long-term assistance for those whose physical or mental illness makes it impossible for them to hold any type of gainful employment. The SSA will evaluate your case to see if you can do any type of work, not just the work you did prior to your illness or accident. If you cannot earn the minimum amount designated by the SSA, agents will review the following factors:
Have doctors said your condition will last at least one year or will result in your demise?
Is your medical condition or a combination of its symptoms included in the list of conditions approved by the SSA?
Do you have the ability to do any kind of work, despite your condition?
Are you visually impaired?
Are you a veteran of the U.S. military or a wounded warrior?
Does your age, level of pain, medications, education or lack of work experience prevent you from seeking work in another industry?
The SSA does not approve most people who apply for disability. This is because many who seek these benefits do not meet the eligibility standards, and others are simply trying to defraud the government. As a result, qualifying is difficult, and rejection is common. To increase your chances of approval for disability benefits, you may wish to work with an attorney who has a history of success helping those seeking assistance from the SSA.
Paralysis is a serious medical condition that prevents a person from moving their body or feeling sensations below the point of a spinal cord injury. When a North Carolina resident suffers a spinal cord injury their situation could follow any of several paths. They may experience a full recovery, or they may experience a partial recovery. Individuals with severe spinal cord injuries may be permanently paralyzed and disabled by their injuries.
The spinal cord runs through the spinal column, which is a set of bones called "vertebrae" that protects the nerves of the spinal cord. When a trauma or accident causes damage to the spinal cord, the nerves of the column may stop sending messages from the brain to the rest of the body. As a result, a person may lose feeling, movement and control of their body below the site of their spinal cord injury.
When a victim suffers an injury to the spinal cord in their neck, they may end up suffering from quadriplegia. Quadriplegia refers to the loss of movement and feeling in both arms and both legs. Victims whose injuries are lower may suffer paraplegia, which refers to the loss of feeling and motion in the legs.
Any form of paralysis may be disabling if it prevents a person from finding and holding down a job. It is important to understand just how serious spinal cord injuries can be. Anyone in North Carolina who suffers from this type of serious injury or disability may need to get more information about disability benefits.
Not everyone can handle the sight of blood. For some North Carolina residents, the sight of blood may induce faintness or even nausea, though others may be able to manage their own cuts and scrapes without any problems. Blood is a necessary component of every human body and its processes support the functioning of practically every system in a person's physique.
However, just as organs and tissues in the human body can become injured and sick, so too can blood suffer diseases and disorders. Blood-based illnesses can be debilitating and even deadly, and those individuals who suffer from the many diverse blood-based illnesses that exist may require varying levels of support just to get by.
For example, some cancers are blood-based. Leukemia and lymphoma are blood-based cancers that affect men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. Anemia, or the lack of red blood cells in the system, can cause weakness, pain, and breathing issues. Bleeding disorders can be particularly dangerous to individuals since the failure of the body to properly clot when injuries are sustained can lead to excessive blood lose in victims.
The disorders and illnesses mentioned in this post are only several of the issues that individuals can suffer from when diseases affect their blood. When a blood-based illness like cancer, anemia, or a clotting disorder prevents a person from finding and keeping a job, they may be able to secure disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Certain conditions are considered disabilities and based on individuals' medical histories they may qualify for support. This post is offered as information only and does not provide its readers with medical or legal advice.
Lapses in memory, distractions, exhaustion and a host of other conditions can cause individuals to have momentary concerns about what may or may not have been done. For most people, these concerns fade and worry is forgotten in time. For individuals with OCD, however, these concerns can become consuming and can control their lives.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental condition. It is characterized by obsessive thoughts or beliefs that drive people to take compulsive actions. For example, a person with OCD may obsess over the idea that their hands are dirty, and their compulsive action may be to wash their hands dozens of time each and every day. Additionally, a person with OCD may fixate on the idea that the doors of their home are unlocked and may drive home repeatedly to check their locks out of a compulsive need to prove their home is secure.
Compulsions related to OCD can dominate an individual's life. In fact, OCD is often diagnosed when a person's compulsions take up at least an hour of their day. Because OCD can be controlling and consuming it may serve as the grounds for a claim of disability benefits based on an existing mental condition.
Living with OCD can be a challenge. Working with OCD may be impossible. When OCD or other mental conditions and illnesses impact how North Carolina residents provide for themselves, they may have options to pursue support through disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Potential applicants may need to get more information about their options.
Securing disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can be a difficult process. As our readers know from previous posts here, the process begins when a person files an application for benefits and submits evidence of their disability condition or illness. That information is reviewed and, based upon what is determined, the individual may or may not be approved for disability benefits support.
If the application is approved, they may receive benefits, but may be required to meet ongoing expectations. Their condition may be reviewed periodically, and they may be asked to give new data on the status of their illness or injury. In time, they may need to demonstrate again and again that they deserve the disability benefits on which they rely to live.
If their application is denied, then they may face a struggle to have that determination overturned. They may request that their application be reconsidered and they may be asked to submit new or additional evidence that may support their assertion that they should be granted disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The review and appeal portion of the disability benefits process can be long and complex and individuals may not know what to expect when it begins.
From submitting an initial application to managing the ongoing expectations that disability benefits recipients must meet, our law firm is available to attempt to ensure that our clients are provided with the best possible information about how to handle their individual disability benefits' claims. As different individuals will rely upon different sources of evidence to support their applications, we are ready to give each of our clients the specialized care that they deserve.
A previous post here shared a story about a proposed plan by the federal government to monitor disability benefits recipients' social media accounts. The proposed monitoring would give the government the opportunity to use information that it found on sites like Facebook, Instagram and others to revoke disability benefits claims to those who count on them to survive. If this proposal goes through it could be devastating to millions of men, women and children, and perhaps particularly to those whose disabilities are not easily seen.
Mental illnesses like depression are often masked by their victims' apparent physical health. A Charlotte resident with depression may be able to go to the grocery store, laugh at a joke or play with their pet all while suffering the crushing symptoms of their disease. In the event that the government found a picture of a smiling disability benefits recipient whose claim was based on depression, for example, they may lose the support they need from a literal snapshot of their everyday condition.
Depression is a serious condition that afflicts millions of people in different ways. Depression may cause its victims to lack the ability to control their emotions and outbursts. It may force them to relive painful or embarrassing moments and may drive them to contemplate taking their own lives.
Because depression may not be something that others can see, it can be disregarded or forgotten when its victims show signs of behaving normally. A single picture or sign of positivity shared on a social media site should not undo the hard work that a qualifying individual puts into their disability benefits application.