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What happens if my disability benefits are reviewed?

Having your Social Security disability benefits reviewed can be alarming. Because so many disabled individuals and their families rely on disability Social Security disability benefits, it is helpful to understand the review process and how eligibility for benefits is reviewed.

Whether the disabled individual receives Social Security disability benefits for an illness or receives Social Security disability benefits for an injury they have suffered that prevents them from working, knowing how their disability benefits will be reviewed is important. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will review the disabled individual's medical condition to determine if they continue to qualify for disability benefits. When reviewing receipt of disability benefits, the SSA generally looks to the same standards that are used to determine the disabled individual's initial eligibility for benefits.

Compassionate allowances list for disability benefits expanded

The Social Security Administration recently added five new medical conditions to the list of compassionate allowances. The five conditions that have been added to the Compassionate allowances list include

ibrolamellar cancer; megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIHS); megalencephaly capillary malformation syndrome (MCAP); superficial siderosis of the central nervous system; and tetrasomy 18p.

A closer look at how disability is defined for SSD benefits

It is helpful to have a practical understanding of Social Security disability benefits and how to qualify for them. The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits can seem daunting which is why understanding the process can help dispel some of those concerns or anxieties to help ensure disabled individuals in need seek and apply for the benefits they need.

The definition of disability that the Social Security Administration uses when evaluating SSD benefits can be viewed as strict. Under the rules, an applicant for Social Security disability benefits is considered disabled if they are unable to perform the work they did prior to the disability; the SSA determines that their medical condition prevents them from adjusting to other work; and that the disability is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. This is because SSD benefits are not designed to be for partial disability of short-term disability needs.

Disability options for veterans

This blog recently discussed concerns related to brain injuries in veterans and the importance of disability protections for our veterans. It is important for veterans and their families to understand that if they are disabled due to an injury or illness they may be eligible for veterans' benefits through the VA.

Veterans may have disability benefits they earned as a result of their service and other benefits may be available to surviving family members of veterans. Circumstances including a service-connected disability; Total Disability Individual Unemployability; non-service connected pension; Dependency and Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses, children and dependent parents for a service-relaetd death; and re-opening a claim for service-connected or increased disability ratings may all qualify for benefits so it is important for veterans to be familiar with these options.

It's probably not quite clear where your disability falls in SSDI

You finally had to face the fact that your disability may keep you from working for a significant amount of time, and it may even prevent you from every working again. Your financial situation has taken a hit, and you wonder whether you can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

The Social Security Administration denies many applications for SSDI benefits. Part of the reason for so many denials may be due to the complexities of determining whether a certain condition qualifies for benefits.

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