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What is a "closed period of disability" for SSDI purposes?

Applications for Social Security Disability benefits can sometimes take a long time for the Social Security Administration to process. Some people in Ohio will wait for over a year before their applications are finalized and they can begin receiving benefits. Because of this, a scenario may spring to the minds of some Ohio residents considering disability applications: What happens if a person's health improves such that they are not disabled by the time the Social Security Administration's process concludes?

What is a 'presumptive disability' for SSI applications in Ohio?

A previous post here discussed a classification in applying for disability benefits known as a "compassionate allowance." This category of benefits allows people with certain illnesses or conditions to be eligible for expedited processing of their applications. There is, however, another way to expedite processing of a Social Security case, and that is through the Quick Disability Determinations system.

What evidence does the SSA require for SSDI due to CKD?

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.

What is an affective disorder in terms of Social Security?

Previously, this blog has touched on the way the Social Security Administration's so-called blue book lists the various symptoms and evidence necessary to establish that an individual in Ohio is disabled for the purposes of securing Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits. Additionally, this blog has also discussed the fact that proving disability due to a mental disorder is often more difficult than with many physical problems that don't involve the brain. Because most of the time psychological difficulties do not show up in an x-ray or other medical imaging process, the diagnosis of such illnesses can seem to be more subjective in nature, leading to problems documenting a particular type of disorder. The blue book, however, does offer some guidance in this area.

What does a 'vocational expert' do at an SSDI hearing?

Previously, this blog touched on the basic process that you could expect if your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI or Supplemental Security Income or SSI benefits is denied, and you decide to appeal. You may recall that the third step of the process, after initial application and request for reconsideration be the Social Security Administration, is a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge or ALJ.

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