First and foremost, you do not have to be bedridden to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
However, here are some general rules to help you decide whether or not you should apply for disability:
First, there are two ways in which the Social Security Administration will first look to see whether or not you can qualify for benefits.
Social Security keeps a medical listing for almost all physical and mental impairments. If you can meet the definition of your c
Believe it or not, your doctor cannot make a determination that you are disabled. Disability is a legal determination reserved solely to the Social Security Administration. However, there are some things your doctor can do to help you better show to the Social Security Administration that you are incapable of working. First, your doctor can accurately describe your mental or physical conditions. Rather than stating you are "disabled" or unable to work, he or she can state tha
This is a question many people ask themselves. They feel as though they are unable to work, so they should be considered disabled, right? Sadly, that is not how the process works. However, here are some guidelines to help you make your decision: First, are you currently working right now? The Social Security Administration has a rule that states if you are engaging in "substantial gainful activity," then you are not disabled. To make this very easy, if you are not blind and m
By the time a claimant has received two denials for disability benefits, he or she will have to decide whether or not an appeal should be made to the hearing level to have an Administrative Law Judge hear the case. This process alone can take up to a year before a decision whether or not to appeal is made. After an appeal is filed to the hearing level, the claimant needs to understand there is another period of waiting before his or her case will be heard. On the average, any
First, you must not believe the idea that all claims are denied the first time in order to dissuade people from continuing to seek disability benefits. In reality, a little over 20% of all claims filed are approved the first time. On the average the percentage increases to about 30% for those who appeal to the reconsideration level and on the average a little of 40% of all claims that are appealed to the hearing level are eventually approved.
That being said, it probably do
One of the things I continuously hear in regards to filing for Social Security disability is that, "you may have to file a couple of times in order to win your case."
This is only partially correct and here's why:
(1) If you file multiple times and stop each time you are denied and then attempt to file again after a few months, you create issues with your onset date. Your onset date is the date in which you state you became disabled. It determines when you are eligible fo
Do you believe you have a physical or mental condition that keeps you from working?
Here are the basics:
(1) You cannot be working and earning more that $1,130.00 per month if you are not blind. If you are blind and working, you cannot make more than $1,820.00 per month. If you are working and earning over these amounts, then you will not qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
(2) Is your condition severe? In other words, does your mental or physical condition
Depending upon what type of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) a person has, may have an impact on when and if he or she can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Many people are affected by this debilitating disease, but how they are affected determines when and if they may be able to qualify for benefits. While some are minimally affected, other experience a rapid progression to being totally disabled.
Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) is by far the most commo