Ohio residents suffering from disabilities that are expected to significantly impair their ability to work for at least 12 months or cause death may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SDDI) benefits. To be eligible, one must have a qualifying physical disability, a mental disability or a combination of the two. A qualifying disability may be a physical injury, occupational illness, mental disorder or any other serious medical condition that significantly impairs one's ability to work. Additionally, applicants generally must have been employed for at least five out of the past 10 years.
A frequent question asked by Ohioans who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits is whether they can receive help with paying for medical insurance. The answer is "Yes" with certain conditions.
For many people in Ohio, blindness or severely impaired vision constitutes a severe impairment of a their ability to work. For this reason, the Social Security Administration has developed special rules for providing disability benefits for persons who are blind.
The Social Security Act and accompanying regulations governing disability benefits contain many terms that are not easily understood by the average Ohioan. One of these terms is "functional capacity examination." What exactly does this term mean? And how does its application affect a person's eligibility to receive disability benefits.
Back pain is a common physical complaint among Ohio residents. Back pain is also one of the most difficult conditions upon which to base a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Nevertheless, a person who suffers from disabling back pain should consider applying for benefits.
We have discussed quite a few physical disabilities on this blog that might result in an applicant in Ohio being found disabled for the purposes of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Most of the conditions we've covered have been those injuries or illnesses that affect systems inside a person's body, such as bones or internal organs. However, there are individuals who suffer from diseases that affect the exterior of the body as well. So today we will take a brief look at what the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at when it receives an application for benefits based on skin conditions.
While many Ohio residents, and Americans in general, are constantly looking for the next 'miracle diet' to help them lose weight, there are some who would be happy to gain it. We should be clear that we are not talking about cosmetic body changes in this post, but actual, serious illnesses that cause some people to be continuously losing weight, and can cause grave complications. Unfortunately, these physical disabilities sometimes make it very difficult to hold down a job and support oneself.
Two of the most isolating and restricting disabilities a person can have are blindness and deafness. Because of the social nature of human beings, cutting off the visual or auditory communication usually shared with other people can create great challenges for those who happen to have these conditions. Depending on severity, they can certainly affect some people's ability to perform substantial gainful activity. We have previously discussed the basics of how the Social Security Administration evaluates blindness for the purposes of granting Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Today, let's look at hearing loss.
Chronic Kidney Disorder, otherwise known as CKD, is growing in the United States both in incidence and prevalence. Incidence measures the number of new cases of a disease, while prevalence measures the total number of existing cases. The segment of the population for which both the incidence and prevalence is increasing the most is, perhaps not surprisingly, adults over 60 years of age. As the U.S. population continues to age, it is likely that CKD will be a problem for a larger number of people each year. This means that the number of people who may have an inability to work due to the disease is also likely to rise.
As we have touched on in the past, there are two different programs administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) that are intended to benefit those who are disabled. One is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and the other is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While there are different criteria for each of these, there is one area of overlap: blindness. A person who is unable to work due to this physical disability might be eligible for either SSDI or SSI. But how does the government define blindness for these purposes?