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…]

FIRBROMYALGIA & SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

Filing for Social Security disability benefits sue to Fibromyalgia is challenging, even though it is one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders with more than 5 million people in the US suffering from this disease. But it is also one of the most difficult to diagnose;  according to the National Fibromyalgia Association it can take up to 3 years. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues which often is debilitating, preventing many from being able to function at work and at home.

According to National Pain Report’s most recent fibromyalgia survey, 58% of respondents said they can’t work due to health reasons. Only 21% said they are employed full time. These numbers reflect how debilitating fibromyalgia can be. The lack of clear physical symptoms makes it challenging for those who file for Social Security disability benefits.

Fibromyalgia & Social Security Disability

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