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Are chronic migraine sufferers eligible for disability benefits?

If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating these episodes can be. They are much more than just a bad headache – they can seriously affect your ability to work and live a normal life. People who have multiple migraines per week may not be able to hold gainful employment because of their medical condition.

People can have these severe headaches from early childhood, but often, they do not begin until a person reaches adulthood or as a result of other conditions. Migraines are actually a neurological condition with symptoms that can negatively impact multiple areas of a person's life. If you have this condition and you cannot maintain gainful employment, you may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

A roadmap to Social Security disability benefits

It is helpful for disabled individuals to know how to go about seeking Social Security disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits are important benefits for many disabled individuals and their families so having a plan for how to approach the application process can be useful.

The unfortunate reality is that two-thirds of applications for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied. To present a strong application for benefits that meets federal requirements, it is beneficial for applicants to know what they are looking for. Applicants for Social Security disability benefits must first meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. According to the Social Security Administration, an individual is considered disabled if they suffer from a medical condition that is so severe it prevents them from working and is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death.

Supplemental Security Income basics

Supplemental Security Income is a program that disabled individuals and others should be familiar with. It provides important protections and benefits for both disabled individuals and children and serves as an alternative for disabled individuals that may not qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Supplemental Security Income is an option for disabled individuals who do not have the necessary work history to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual must meet both the physical or mental medical condition requirement and the work history requirement to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Supplemental Security Income, on the other hand, is not based on work history but is based on having limited income and resources and applicants must also meet disability requirements.

What to expect from a Social Security disability benefits review

Social Security disability are oftentimes essential benefits to help disabled individuals with their everyday needs. When those benefits are being reviewed, it can create many understandable concerns for the disabled individual which is why they should be prepared for what to expect from the review process.

The Social Security Administration performs Continuing Disability Reviews so it is helpful to be familiar with the frequency and nature of the reviews and what the disabled individual should anticipate if they are subject to the review process. Eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is based on the disabled individual's medical condition and work history. Because the disabled individual's medical condition could change, a periodic review is required to ensure they are still medically eligible for benefits.

Understanding the work requirement for SSD benefits

There are two primary components of qualify for Social Security disability benefits (SSD). Applicants for disability benefits must meet the work history requirement and also suffer from a medical condition that is so severe that it prevents them from working, rendering them disabled, and is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death.

For a disabled individual to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, they must have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. The disabled individual must have work history that is long enough, and recent enough, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Work history is measured by work credits and are based on the disabled individual's total yearly wages or self-employment income. A total of four credits can be earned each year.

Does multiple sclerosis qualify you for disability benefits?

It can be frustrating when your physical condition prevents you from working, supporting your Alabama family and enjoying life as you did in the past. This can be especially true for individuals who have progressive illnesses that can eventually leave them disabled, such as multiple sclerosis. MS can rob you of your ability to hold gainful employment and earn a living wage.

If you have MS and you cannot work, you could be eligible for disability benefits through a federal program. Even with a valid disability, such as MS, you may find it difficult to get the financial support you need. It may be helpful for you to have experienced guidance even from the initial stages of your claim. 

Supplemental Security benefits will increase next year

Good news for those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. It was recently announced that both benefits are scheduled to go up. The Social Security Administration announced that benefits for both programs will increase by 2.8 percent during the next year. The increase is thanks to an automatic cost of living adjustment that is based on inflation and mandated by law.

The nation's 8 million recipients of Supplemental Security Income benefits and 62 million receiving Social Security benefits will receive the increase as of the last day of the year. For those receiving SSI benefits, their benefit amount is expected to increase from $750 to $771. The benefit amount for couples will increase from $1,125 to $1,157. The increase is higher than the increase recipients received last year.

Social Security Disability and veterans' benefits

Disabled veterans may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits at the same time they receive disability through the Veteran's Administration (VA). VA benefits are available to military veterans who suffered a disability while on active duty. Social Security Disability benefits are available to disabled individuals who are unable to work because of a disability and also meet necessary work history requirements.

Once a disabled military veteran has been approved for VA disability benefits, if their disability also prevents them from working, they may be able to claim Social Security Disability benefits and receive both at the same time. When the applicant has applied for VA disability benefits, the applicant's military records will be reviewed. Once it has been determined that the applicant is considered disabled, they will be given a disability rating ranging from 0 to 100 percent which impacts the amount of their benefit.

Help for veterans with disability benefits

Both veterans who suffer from a disability because of an injury or disease and their family members may be able to receive disability and other benefits through the VA. For veterans to receive the compensation and benefits that they need, they should be familiar with the options to help them obtain benefits and address whatever veterans' issues as they arise.

When a claim for benefits has been made, it is important for veterans to understand how to apply for benefits but also how to appeal a claim for benefits. Veterans have benefits they have earned through their service and their family members may also have benefits available to them but it is essential to know how to apply for the benefits and what those benefits may be.

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