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).
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.
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.
When you file for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you'll eventually be asked to complete a work history report (Form SSA-3369-BK).
No one who's legitimately eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits wants people defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) and taking money that should be used for those who are truly ill or injured. However, just how rampant fraud and abuse are is a matter of debate. The SSA's own numbers show that it's relatively rare and that funds obtained fraudulently are often recovered.
Many Social Security Disability applicants don't get the benefits they're seeking on their first try. Sometimes, the first submission gets denied. If this happens to you, you can submit an appeal. Although there's never a guaranteed result, many applicants have achieved success through the Social Security Disability appeals process.
When you think of heart disease, you probably think primarily of heart attacks and strokes. Even then, you likely think most about fatal incidents.
For most, living with a mental illness or disorder is typically just as difficult as living with a physical impairment. One thing patients with mental conditions share with physically impaired people is the inability to work and earn an income. Acquiring Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is often critical to the survival of those living with mental disorders. Unfortunately, proving that you qualify for SSD benefits due to a mental condition is not a simple process.
Just because you and your doctor decide you can no longer work, that does not automatically mean you will receive Social Security Disability benefits. As with other government programs, you must apply for benefits and then wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to decide if you have an applicable disability.
Of all those who apply to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) each year, at least 66 percent have their applications denied. While individuals are entitled to reapply for benefits, many have to wait extended periods of time for their cases to be reviewed once again. Over the next 15 months, 10 states, including California, will institute a "reconsideration" policy aimed at expediting the re-review of claims.