As the followers of this West Palm Beach, Florida, Social Security disability benefits law firm's blog know, our office represents Florida clients both in obtaining disability benefits through the Social Security Administration and in getting workers' compensation following a work-related accident or illness.
Multiple sclerosis, like other common types of disabling conditions, is often difficult to treat. This type of illness affects each person differently, and depending on the type of condition and symptoms a person has, it can be a significant challenge to identify effective and safe treatments.
For many Florida residents, planning for the future means saving money for a trip or retirement, or drafting an estate plan to handle their assets after their passing. It is easy to plan for the likely events in life. However, it is challenging to prepare for events that we never expect. No one imagines to be injured or suffer a serious illness, resulting in a disability. Nonetheless, this unfortunate event happens to many American each year.
Millions of people in the United States are waiting for the Social Security Administration to make a decision on whether they qualify for disability benefits. In many of these cases, the decision hinges on whether the SSA considers the applicant's condition disabling or not.
In any Social Security Disability claim an administrative law judge will consider what is known by the Social Security Administration as substantial gainful activity, or SGA for short. So what is it, and why does it matter?
In 2017, the Social Security Administration added to its qualified disability listings multiple mental and immune disorders. These disorders were previously unrecognized as a standalone qualification for which an individual could receive social security disability benefits.
Upon the appeal of a denial for Social Security Disability benefits, a party must wait for a hearing to be scheduled before an administrative law judge. As it is a well-known fact, this can take a very long time to happen. So, why is that? Let’s look at some current statistics to answer this question.
Social Security disability benefits are important for many disabled individuals and their families who are struggling to make ends meet. Being denied Social Security disability benefits can feel devastating to an individual struggling with a disability and to their family. Fortunately, a denied claim for benefits is not the end of the story, as there are several levels to the Social Security appeals process.
The transition from working to suffering from a disability and being unable to work can be difficult physically, financially and emotionally. As disabled individuals must learn to focus on caring for themselves, they may find it challenging to meet daily needs they were easily able to meet in the past. It can be a challenging period of time for the disabled individual and their family members.
The wait for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can, unfortunately, be long. As a result, it is important to be as familiar as possible with the application and appeals processes. There are greater than 1 million individuals awaiting a hearing for Social Security disability benefits and the average wait time is 602 days which can increased from less than a year 5 years ago. The social Security Administration is working to address the backlog of cases.