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Is everyone denied the first time they apply for SSD Benefits?

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn't reject everyone, the truth is that the vast majority of people are denied the first time they apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Indeed, as reported in the SSA's 2015 Annual Statistical Supplement - the most recent year available - only 32.2 percent of applicants were approved in 2014, meaning nearly 70 percent were denied disability benefits.

A short review of SSDI eligibility requirements

This blog frequently how person in Ohio can receive Social Security Disability Insurance ("SSDI") benefits for a specific illness or injury. In this post, we want to step back a bit and review the general requirements for obtaining these very important benefits. These requirements fall into two broad categories: medical and employment. We will deal with the employment requirements first.

An overview of the SSDI claim evaluation process

For many people in Ohio who may be contemplating a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits, the process used by the Social Security Administration or SSA often seems like a black hole - light goes in but none come out. In this post, we hope to provide some helpful illumination about how the SSA evaluates disability claims.

Meeting the medical requirements for SSD compassionate allowances

Ohio residents who suffer from certain medical conditions may have their Social Security disability claims expedited if the condition is so severe that it obviously meets disability SSD requirements. An award of disability benefits based on one of these conditions is called a compassionate allowance or CAL. CALs are not separate from Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs; rather, CALs provide an accelerated method for having a claim considered and approved.

Understanding SSI benefits

The United States Social Security Administration runs three programs that provide income to qualifying individuals. Most persons in Ohio understand ordinary social security benefits: persons who have paid money into the program through a tax on their income and who have reached the qualifying age are eligible to receive monthly benefits. Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are paid to persons who are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. The third program is known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and this program differs from the other two in several important respects.

Understanding "substantial gainful activity"

One of the principal criteria for determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is whether the applicant is unable to work, or, in the language of the applicable statutes and regulations, unable to engage in "substantial gainful activity," or SGA. The general rule is very straightforward: a person who is able to engage in SGA is deemed able to work and not eligible for disability benefits; a person who is unable to engage in SGA is deemed to be totally disabled and eligible for benefits. However, the calculation and application of the SGA standard can be quite complex.

Proving a social security disability claim

Obtaining an award of social security disability benefits requires the applicant to complete a lengthy application form and to submit information that the Social Security Administration can use to decide whether an applicant is "disabled" within the meaning the governing statute and applicable SSA regulations.

The basics of Social Security disability benefits

Physical disability can have a crushing impact on a person's life. In addition to the pain of the injury, a person's capacity to earn an income can be substantially limited. Ohio residents who meet certain criteria can qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration if an injury has made it impossible for them to work. Unfortunately, successfully applying for disability benefits can be a long and often frustrating process. No single blog entry can cover all of the issues that may arise in the course of the benefit application process, but a knowledge of the basics can be very useful.

How does SSA decide if there is an inability to work?

Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance opens Ohio residents up to a lot of judgment by government officials. To determine if a person qualifies for benefits, the Social Security Administration must decide if the applicant meet all kinds of qualifications, from citizenship status to how long his or her condition might last. One decision that must be made is whether the applicant's condition not only prevents them from doing their past jobs, but whether those disabilities prevent them from working in other available jobs as well. But how does the SSA make this decision?

Do family members of a disabled person get benefits in Ohio?

We've discussed quite a bit about how a disabled individual in Ohio may go about qualifying for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. From the definition of disability, to the type and amount of evidence that may be required for certain illnesses, to how working a little may affect one's benefits, there's a lot of information to absorb. There is one other issue that many people wonder about when it comes to disability benefits. That is, can members of a disabled person's family receive benefits based on the disabled person's social security case?

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