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Social Security Disability Benefits for Physical Disability Archives

Can weight loss be a disability for SSDI purposes?

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.

How does SSA evaluate hearing loss for SSDI purposes?

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.

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.

How is blindness defined for the purposes of physical disability?

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?

Would sickle-cell anemia qualify a child for SSI?

As we have touched on before on this blog, the Social Security Administration uses somewhat differing criteria to evaluate claims of disability for adults and children. Since individuals who are under the age of 18 do not generally hold full-time jobs, using a standard of "inability to work" would not be appropriate for children applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Instead of ability to work, the SSA attempts to determine if the child's condition causes severe and marked functional limitations. Thus, the SSA has a separate section of its disability evaluation process that is used specifically for children.

Can one receive SSD benefits for Fibromyalgia in Ohio?

Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to live with for many people in Ohio, as it generally manifests itself as generalized pain and tenderness in the joints and soft tissue of the human body. Because the condition itself can range from mild to severe among different individuals, as well as varying in intensity from day-to-day in the same person, determining whether it is a disabling condition for the purposes of receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be problematic. Further, as Fibromyalgia can only be diagnosed through symptomology, it may be difficult to produce hard medical evidence of the condition.

Can I file for Social Security Disability online in Ohio?

The Social Security Administration is the federal agency that is responsible for determining who qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits, and how much those benefits will be. As has been discussed before in this space, generally the SSA will accept an application and then forward it to a local office run by the state in which you live, which will schedule an interview to gather the necessary information needed to make a decision on your case. There is another way to apply, however, which is through the SSA's website, by filling out an online application.

Not all physical disabilities are visible disabilities

Depression, lupus, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and diabetes, amongst many other varying conditions, all have one thing in common; they are not visible to others. People dealing with conditions such as these look like everyone else. They look like they should be capable of performing any task required of them.

Ohio Social security disability claims rise since 2008

The year 2008 is generally considered to mark the beginning of the most recent economic recession to hit the United States. During the intervening years, many people in Ohio and around the nation lost their jobs, especially those in the manufacturing field. So, it is not a surprise that applications for government benefits are up; however, the rate at which they have grown in Ohio may be.

What should be in a medical report for SSD benefits in Ohio?

Being disabled and incapable of working due to a physical ailment can be very stressful. Along with the pain that comes from the impairment, there is the burden of knowing one may have difficulty supporting oneself. As we have seen previously, people who suffer from a disability for more than a year, or whose disability is expected to last more 12 months may be eligible for benefits under the Social Security Disability program or SSD.

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