Whittier California Social Security Disability Blog

Why multiple assessments are needed to determine disability

The amount of Social Security Disability benefits a person is eligible to receive depends in part on how much their ability to function has been impacted by their injury or illness There are a number of tests that can be used to assess people's work-related functions (both physical and mental).

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), which oversees the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program as well as the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, uses functional assessments as well as health records and reports from health care providers when considering a person's application for benefits.

Can you get disability benefits if you don't even have a doctor?

One of the frequent dilemmas faced by people who have little-to-no income is that they also lack the resources to obtain appropriate medical care for their treatment. Even if they can afford a doctor's visit or manage to see a doctor through a community-funded clinic, they may not be able to afford the therapy or medication that the doctor prescribes.

In other cases, people suffer from mental illnesses that make it very difficult for them to comply with their doctor's recommendation. Schizophrenics, for example, often lack the insight to realize that they need to follow a medication routine closely -- and they may also lack insurance.

Study: Contingent workers less likely to seek disability benefits

Contingent workers make up an ever-increasing portion of the American workforce. These include independent contractors with advanced degrees who work for a variety of clients over their career rather than as an employee with one company. They also include people who make their living in the "gig" economy -- driving for Uber and Lyft, delivering for GrubHub and DoorDash or doing odd jobs through TaskRabbit and Takl.

It might seem logical that when these workers suffer an illness or injury that keeps them from working, they'd be quick to seek Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. After all, they have no "sick days" or employer-provided disability insurance.

When is back pain eligible for disability benefits?

Living with back pain makes even everyday activities nearly impossible. Treatment for a back or spinal condition is prohibitively expensive for many people. Fortunately, there is help available for anyone who has been living with pain for an extended period, and that help is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

The SSDI program provides benefits to workers when they have suffered a debilitating condition for a long time. Applying for benefits is complicated and processing takes several weeks. Upon acceptance, however, applicants will receive much needed assistance.

Can you qualify for SSD with a mental illness?

Qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD) can be confusing. You may be wondering if you can qualify based on a diagnosed mental illness. The good news is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will grant SSD based on several different mental illnesses.

The bad news is that qualifying based on a mental disability can be more difficult than qualifying based on a physical disability. You must meet the following criteria to qualify for a mental illness disability:

Do you qualify for Social Security Disability?

Are you a hard-working employee suddenly faced with a disability that is threatening your income potential? If so, you may be wondering about your ability to qualify for social security disability.

To qualify, you will need to prove to the Social Security Administration that you meet their eligibility requirement. One thing to keep in mind, the criteria to be approved can be rigorous.

Supplemental Security Income and premature infants

Did you know that your severely premature infant may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), regardless of your income? Many people don't realize that SSI was designed to cover severely disabled children in the first place.

Will your income prevent your child from getting benefits?

Can I work while on SSDI?

Most people don’t want to be on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – often, the payments alone aren’t enough to support oneself, and no one wants a disability. So, if you feel well enough, you may want to return to work. But how will employment affect your SSDI benefits?


Social Security Disability benefits should hang around until 2052

An annual report published by the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs on April 22 brought about good news. It stated that the Social Security's Disability Insurance Trust Fund has suddenly become healthier.

According to trustees' 2015 annual report, the Social Security Administration (SSA) should have lost their ability to pay benefits in full by the following year. This inability to pay didn't happen though. It's not expected to happen for a long time either.

What is the timeline for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Parents have a lot of responsibility. Helping provide for their families is just one of them. If you are unable to work, you might wonder how your family will get what they need to survive. Social Security Disability benefits could help you and your family.

However, the process of applying for and receiving these benefits can be confusing. You may just want to know how soon you can start receiving the benefits you need. How fast is the process and when will payments start?

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