Social Security Disability Archives

Disability onset date: what it is and why it's important

For the person living with a disability or serious injury that forever changes their life, the moment that the disability or injury left them unable to work is crystal clear to them. They will never forget it. But how you personally feel about your disability and the moment it started affecting you may not align with how the Social Security Administration views your disability or injury. In fact, these dates are often quite different.

Verifying disability benefits in Missouri

Social Security is a federal program, with national guidelines on how qualified workers may claim disability benefits due to permanent or temporary work-preventing illness and injury. Qualifications for disability funds are universal, while each state has its own procedures for verifying claims.

SSA working on the update to the occupational info system

A very important part of a disability determination in the Social Security Disability Insurance program is Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT). This large dictionary was a compilation of job descriptions and what each job entails. It is used for a disability determination, as it is one of the tools used by SSA to decide if an applicant is able to do any other type of work given their impairments or limitations.

It's different when it happens to you

Healthcare is always a personal experience. You may read of the experience of others, but it is never quite the same thing, as when you experience yourself. For some medical conditions, like heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer's, you can imagine the stress and the fear that someone else may feel after being diagnosed, but nothing can fully prepare you to deal with it when it becomes all too real.

SSA terminology can be confusing

One of the reasons that many people look to an attorney for help in applying for Social Security Disability benefits is that the language and terminology of the disability process are not only complex but also confusing. You may read a question and think that you understand the question and how to answer it, only to find out later that your answer is incorrect and that you need to change it in order to be accurate.

Is SSD really a form of unemployment?

If you ask anyone who has successfully obtained Social Security Disability benefits, they will likely tell you that it is definitely not like unemployment. The process of applying for benefits and then, if necessary, appealing the initial denial, waiting for a hearing, and eventually being approved is substantially more demanding and difficult.

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