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St. Louis Social Security Disability Law Blog

Options after an SSD denial

If you are unable to work due to a disability, Social Security can provide you with necessary financial assistance. However, sometimes the Social Security Administration may deny certain claims, and if the claimants do not agree, they must choose to fight the decision

There are a couple of ways to handle a denial. In order to select the right one, a claimant must understand the difference. 

Can I get SSDI if my injury causes me to become depressed?

If you suffer from persistent back pain or some other chronic medical condition in St. Louis, you may also end up with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety. It is extremely challenging to try and live your life while struggling with the pain of an injury that will not go away. You may undergo therapy and medical treatments, and rely on medications to make your condition more manageable. However, those treatments are often not enough to keep you from losing sleep, experiencing poor moods and other limitations that affect every aspect of your life. 

Because your condition is so severe, you are not able to work. You are eligible to receive SSDI benefits for your chronic back pain, but you may not realize that you may also be able to receive it if you develop depression and anxiety. 

Importance of medical care in your SSDI claim

Medical treatment may help either prevent or treat certain medical issues. In cases where you seek to claim Social Security disability benefits, it may also help in securing financial assistance.

Proper medical records and care are essential to a successful SSD claims. Take a look at its impact and components to fully understand its relevance to your case.

Going on Social Security doesn't mean the end of your usefulness

It can actually be emotionally devastating to apply for Social Security Disability.

While the benefits exist for a reason -- and are actually the only long-term disability benefits that most people have available to them -- there's such a negative connotation associated with accepting Social Security Disability that many people feel embarrassed and stigmatized when they have to do it.

Key concepts that affect SSDI

Individuals who become disabled and are no longer able to take care of themselves and their loved ones may find it hard to survive. For this reason, there is government assistance available, such as SSDI benefits.

If you or a loved one seek SSDI, it is important to understand what you may expect and what the government expects of you. When dealing with SSDI, there are a few key concepts you should know.

3 tips for living with a chronic condition

When you receive a diagnosis for a chronic condition such as arthritis, cancer, kidney disease or Parkinson’s disease, it blindsides you. It is normal to experience confusion, sadness, fear and anger when you get this kind of news. However, you can learn to manage your emotions and face your chronic condition with resolve. 

Your disease or illness will be a large part of your life, and it is important to practice self-care. Here are some strategies for coping with a chronic illness.

Why don't people have disability insurance?

In some senses, though life insurance is very important if you pass away, some experts argue that disability insurance is even more valuable. A life-long disability can result in the same loss of income, but the related costs for you and your family -- medications, in-home care, etc -- could be vastly higher. They don't end in many cases. These are costs you have for life.

Even so, statistics show that people are more likely to have life insurance. Roughly 70 percent of people in the United States do, according to one study. It also found that only about 40 percent, just over half as many, carried disability insurance.

Applying for SSDI and SSI benefits after a brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can leave a victim with a wide variety of very serious physical and mental symptoms, and in some cases, may even qualify a victim of a TBI for Social Security benefits. If you or someone you love suffered a TBI recently, you may have more available benefits than you realize.

Qualifying for benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) requires a victim to meet certain income standards and other qualifications. Both programs only offer benefits to individuals whose income is less than the income caps set in place. These caps fluctuate from year to year, so be sure that you have the most up-to-date figures as you prepare your application.

What is a consultative examination?

If you've filed for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you may not have enough medical evidence to prove your case -- but that doesn't mean that you aren't disabled.

In order to try to get the proof that they need to either deny or approve your claim, the claims examiner may decide to send your for one or more consultative examinations.

Social security disease: What's a neurocognitive disorder?

According to the United States Social Security Administration, in order for individuals to receive permanent disability benefits, they must have a disabling condition. Certain disabling conditions are already codified and classified by the SSA in a long list of qualifying diseases. The classification "cognitive disorders," for example, has been defined by the SSA for this purpose.

A cognitive disorder relates to a clinically significant reduction of cognitive ability. The symptoms of this condition could relate to memory disturbances and executive functioning problems related to higher mind functions. Specific problems may relate to lack of attention, inability to plan, decision-making problems, visual-spatial reasoning issues, language and speech decline, loss of perception, loss of insight, lack of judgment and not being sensitive to social standards.