November 21, 2018

MENTAL DISORDERS AND SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

Over 11 Million people around the country collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits including 1.6 Million children of disabled workers.

Many of these rely on SSD for many reasons, from physical ailments to mental challenges.  Sadly, though SSD exists to help those in need, social stigma about mental illness has made many people reluctant to seek help. But it is getting better.

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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPEALS- AN INTRODUCTION

You filed all the proper paper work and waited months to start receiving your social security disability, only to have the Social Security Administration deny your claim.  Fortunately, you have the right to appeal any decision Social Security makes regarding your SSD or SSI.

THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY APPEAL PROCESS

The first step in the appeals process is called a ‘reconsideration determination’. You will receive a new decision by someone who had no part in the first decision. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will send you a letter explaining how they made the decision. It is very difficult to get SSA to change their minds in a reconsideration request unless there is substantial medical information that was not received or considered during the initial determination.

If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you have the right to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). [Read more…]

5 STEPS A JUDGE USES TO DECIDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS

You decided to file for social security disability and start the long process. You begin collecting medical records, work history, various reports and statements; check out this article outlining this process. We urge you to make sure the application is accurate;  getting a hearing can take up to 376 to 682 days in Florida. If you are missing critical documents, you will have to go back to Go (only you won’t be collecting $200).

Once your claim comes up for hearing, the Social Security Judge will go through a 5 step “sequential evaluation process” to decide whether you meet Social Security’s definition of disability. After any one of these steps, the Judge might determine that you are able to work and deny your claim. Frustrating but you are entitled to file an appeal.

The 5 Step Process that will decide your Social Security Disability benefits:

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