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Right to representation for claiming SSD benefits - Part II

The previous blog post discussed the selection and appointment of a representative for dealing with the Social Security Administration. The SSA describes this as the claimant's right to representation for claiming SSD benefits. The post also discussed how the representation fee is determined as well as the two different methods that claimants and representatives may choose. This post will help readers in Mobile, Alabama to understand how they can make the representative payment approved by the SSA.

Right to representation for claiming SSD benefits - Part I

Many people in Mobile and nearby areas in Alabama may agree that, despite the guidelines provided by the Social Security Administration, filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits is often challenging, especially for those who are severely disabled. The SSA acknowledges this difficulty and, therefore, it grants SSD benefits claimants the right to representation when it comes to dealings with the SSA.

SSA may fast-track your request for disability benefits

If you suffer from a medical condition resulting from an illness or accident, you understand how difficult life can be. Perhaps you are no longer able to work, which makes it challenging to make ends meet. You may have limited resources, and this is prompting you to apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

SSDI and SSI for brain injury sufferers and their families

A brain injury can severely affect a person's everyday life. The person who suffers a brain injury may suffer from memory loss, disability, headaches and may be unable to sit, stand, bend and communicate with others. Since brain is one of the most complicated organs in the human anatomy, the effects of the injury are very complex and can differ in every person. In addition, a brain injury can also lead to some serious financial and emotional challenges for the family members of that injured person.

Qualifications for Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income or SSI is a federal income supplement designed to help the aged, blind, and disabled who have little to no income. SSI is different from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in that SSDI benefits are paid to Claimants who have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. SSI is not based on prior work. The medical standards for SSI and SSDI are the same. Disability for both SSDI and SSI is awarded when a person has a diagnosed physical or mental impairment that is severe and can be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, and the person, because of the impairment, must not only be unable to do his/her previous work, but must also be unable to do any other type of substantial gainful activity.

SSD benefits for veterans rated "100% P&T" by the VA

Although unfortunate, it is a fact that many former military members from Alabama, and also the other parts of the country, suffered a disabling injury or illness while they were on active duty. Among those veterans, there are many whose total disability rating has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs as 100 percent permanent and total. Fortunately, veterans rated "100% P&T" by the VA are eligible for certain additional benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

What are SSI Work Incentives?

Mobile, Alabama residents would be aware of the Supplemental Security Income program, which is run by the Social Security Administration. The purpose of the SSI program is to provide financial assistance to those individuals who have limited or no income because of a disabling condition such as physical impairments or illnesses, blindness or old age. The money such people receive in the form of SSI helps in meeting the expenses for basic necessities such as food clothing and shelter.

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