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Social Security Disability Archives

What happens after a disability benefits application submission?

When you file for Social Security Disability (SSD), you'll generally be asked to undergo testing or medical examinations before a decision is made whether to approve or deny your application for benefits. It's the responsibility of each state's Disability Determination Services (DDS) to determine whether your condition qualifies as a disability under existing Social Security laws.

An example of a Social Security disability claim

Imagine that you've suddenly become seriously ill or injured and you can no longer perform your job duties. You may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits to help make financial ends meet. These important and helpful government benefits, however, are not available to everyone. You need to pass the Social Security office's strict requirements before your application for benefits is approved.

What are the most common Social Security Disability conditions?

Every human being gets sick at some time or another. If such a sickness is long-term and it prevents you from working, it will have catastrophic financial implications for you and your family. This is why the U.S. Social Security Disability system exists -- to help you make ends meet if you're too ill or disabled to work for more than a year or suffering from a condition that will lead to your death.

Disability benefits for your hearing loss aren't guaranteed

If you suffer from a disabling physical or mental injury that prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to cover food, housing and medical costs. In order to qualify for such benefits, your injury must extend beyond a certain threshold. Hearing loss can result in your receiving SSDI.

What is the Social Security Disability 5-month waiting period?

Even if your disability is so severe that you're immediately approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you may not have any immediate relief. That's because Social Security imposes a five-month waiting period on cash benefits to beneficiaries entitled through its disability program.

Disability benefits have hidden positives over retirement

Social Security may no longer be the comprehensive safety net intended for older Americans that it was designed for, but it still serves millions of people with required services. Nearly 20 percent of people in the United States collect a benefit from the administration, and not all of them are retired.

Steps to follow to receive Social Security Disability Insurance

An estimated nine million Americans rely on receiving monthly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to be able to support themselves after they suffer disabling injuries that make it impossible for them to work. Qualifying to receive these benefits is not an easy task.