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When applying for benefits, how can you prove your disability?

If you are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition, you know you may have a rightful claim to certain benefits. However, disability benefits are not easy to secure and many people find that their first claim comes back denied. If you believe you have a claim to these benefits, it can be helpful to learn more about how the process works.

As part of the disability claims process, you will have to complete paperwork and include evidence of your disabling condition. Proving your disability can be complicated, and even with a significant amount of documentation included, your initial claim may not be successful. Many Indiana applicants find it helpful to seek guidance as they pursue the benefits they need.

Financial benefits and periodic paralysis

Being diagnosed with periodic paralysis can be devastating, and as a sufferer, one of your greatest concerns might be based around keeping your financial independence and being able to support yourself as well as any dependents you have.

As a sufferer of periodic paralysis, it is important to know about the support that may be available to you. You will likely be eligible for state support if you can prove that your condition is preventing you from being physically able to earn an income.

What impairments can qualify me for disability benefits?

If you are a person that is suffering from a disability, it can be very disheartening when you are not able to get by financially, and when you are not able to work. When you are in this position, you might be unsure about what state benefits you are entitled to, and whether the specific impairment or disability that you are suffering from will enable you to claim benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the department that is responsible for the regulations and claims surrounding disability benefits. They publish something that is informally known as the blue book, officially named as the "Listing of Medical Impairments". This book lists every type of disability or illness that can make a person eligible for disability benefits.

Social Security Disability and mental disorders

When applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as a disabled person or on behalf of a disabled person, it is important that you first find out whether the specific disability is listed as eligible under the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is especially true for mental disorders.

The condition, if recognized by the SSA, should also be officially diagnosed by a doctor before you can apply. It also must satisfy many other rules and regulations if you are to be successful in your disability benefits application.

Talking to your doctor about disability benefits

If you believe that you are eligible for disability benefits, it is important to take your time to fully research and prepare before making your application with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Only around 30 percent of applications are accepted each year, and this is most often because the applicants did not provide sufficient information to be successful.

As part of your preparation, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor so that he or she can give you medical insight and the professional guidance that you are likely to need. Many of the guidelines that the SSA has put in place are complex and are better looked over by a medical expert.

The differences between SSI and SSDI and why they matter

It is a significant problem when a person is unable to work due to a disabling mental or physical condition. As an Indiana adult, this has a direct effect on a person's ability to provide for himself or herself, live independently and provide for his or her family. Fortunately, disabled individuals have the option to seek financial support through one of the two programs offered by the Social Security Administration. 

There are distinct differences between Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance, and they serve two different groups of people. Before you apply, it is beneficial to learn about these differences and understand your best option before you move forward with a claim.

Why was my disability benefits claim denied?

It is an unfortunate fact that over 70 percent of all Social Security Disability (SSD) claims are denied. Although it is assumed that all of the people making the applications consider themselves to be disabled and struggling to work at full capacity, they for one reason or another were not considered eligible for SSD as their application stands.

This does not mean that their SSD claim will never be accepted. More often than not, the reason why a person has his or her claim denied is because of an administration error that can be fixed. The following are some of the most common reasons why SSD claims are denied.

The disability criteria for Social Security benefits

When it comes to Social Security benefits, a disabled person must meet a special set of guidelines in order to qualify. This is because Social Security benefits are designed for those who cannot work to the same extent that they would have been able to if they were completely well.

Therefore, as a disabled person that is looking into the possibility of Social Security benefits, you should make sure that you understand the criteria that is in place before considering applying. It is important to pay particular attention to how the Social Security Administration (SSA) define the word "disabled".

Why it’s worth fighting for Social Security benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance has a great deal of myths surrounding it, and often this means that people become discouraged from applying in the first place. It's common for people to hear about all of the application denials that take place. However this should not discourage you from making an application, especially if you believe that you are eligible.

If you are denied for the first time, this does not mean that there is no hope for you. Many people make appeals and then become successful. The following are some of the most common myths about Social Security Disability Insurance, debunked.

How to apply for Social Security Disability

When you are suffering from a long-term illness or disability, you may be in a position where you are finding it difficult to work full-time, and therefore, struggle to keep on top of bills and daily living expenses. It is for this reason that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) exists. It is set up to make it possible for those who are disabled to have a good quality of life, and to help support them in getting back into the workplace, if this is possible.

Although SSDI is a great benefit that offers a lifeline for those in need, it can be a difficult and overwhelming process, and it is not uncommon for applicants to be denied at their first attempt.

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