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Social Security Disability: Information you may find interesting

If you suffered an illness or injury that prevents you from returning to work, you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. After all of the gossip, misinformation and myths you may have heard, it might be a good idea to obtain some information of your own.

For instance, the years you worked and paid taxes into Social Security pay for the disability program, which in turn, pays those with eligible disabilities a portion of the income they can no longer make. However, that only scratches the surface of the information you may find interesting about the SSDI.

SSI recipients could receive further financial support, discounts

Thinking about a person's or family's financial responsibilities and ability to meet them, it can give people anxiety. This anxiety can be heightened if a person has financial obligations (and who doesn't?) and is unable to work or to procure an income source for themselves. Some people are born with a disability that puts them at a disadvantage in the workforce. Others are over the age of 65 or have suffered a lifelong injury or illness that could make them candidates for SSI Supplemental Security Income.

One must seek out SSI benefits if they would like to benefit themselves or their family member from the financial support. Applying would be the first step, and the application process will require paperwork, medical records and potentially other factors that prove the status of one's health and abilities. There may be an in-person interview or other component prior to hearing the decision of whether a person has been approved or denied SSI Supplemental Security Income. At the end of the process, a decision will be made that could impact a person's life forever.

Don't give up if request for SSD benefits for injury was denied

Have you ever been at the wrong place at the wrong time? Or had an issue with your health, maybe related to a nagging injury or a work-related injury? Being injured isn't anyone's first choice. Some injuries become so pervasive that they impede every facet of a person's life, including their ability to work. For injuries resulting in an inability to work for one year or more, Social Security Disability benefits are a benefit the injured should seek out.

Many people worry about the effort put into making the request for Social Security Disability benefits for injuries, only for the possibility for them to be denied. We cannot let a potentially unwanted outcome stop us from seeking the benefits one so desperately needs. Even if a claim is initially denied, one can try again. The denial could have been for a reason as silly as missing paperwork or other missing criteria the Social Security Administration needs in order to approve one to receive disability benefits.

Did you know that children can receive SSI benefits?

As a parent, there is nothing one wouldn't do for their child. Most parents would move all the stars in the heavens if they could for their child. If you are a parent of a child with disabilities, you know how challenging their daily routine can be. This is why approved disability claims can be so beneficial for your disabled child.

One of the aspects taken into consideration is the child's access to a family's income. This could include all family members living in the house and applies to children living in the house but who may leave for a period of time, but are still under some level of parental control. If parents or other individuals in a child's household make above the allowed threshold for income, the SSI Supplemental Security Income will be denied, even if they are need based.

3 actions that could harm your chances of SSDI approval

Suffering from an injury that has negative impacts on your employment can seem insurmountable. Even though working may cause you excruciating pain or other debilitating effects, you may feel as if you have no other choice but to try to work through the pain in order to gain an income. However, your condition may get to a point at which you simply cannot work.

If your disability presents such an issue that you cannot realistically work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to gain such benefits, your disability must meet certain criteria -- such as preventing you from doing any work for at least a year -- and you must submit an application to the Social Security Administration for approval by the necessary parties. Unfortunately, this process may take a considerable amount of time, and mistakes could result in a delayed process or even a denial of benefits.

Military veterans, can be impacted by government shutdown

With all the buzz in the news recently about a government shut down, it's gotten many military veterans nervous. The government last shut down for an extended period was in 2013 and we learned a lot about how that impacts people in our community and around the United States. The government has a lot of moving parts, including many that affect our nation's veterans and their families, so it's inevitable that a government shutdown would directly affect their lives. The federal government provides many services to our veterans that can abruptly cease in a shutdown.

The services provided and that can be unavailable during a government shut down include everything from health care to education, housing, recreation and subsidized groceries. What we learned in the 2013 government shut down is that veterans' lives can be severely interrupted. Disability claims made through the VA can be halted, non-emergency surgeries cancelled, and the death benefits allotted to families who lost family members unavailable. Child care centers can close leaving parents wondering who can watch their child while they are at work.

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