Millions of Americans fight cancer every year. In the best-case scenarios, those who suffer from some form of this illness are able to overcome it with treatment and go on to live full lives. However, the devastating effects of cancer can be more than some are able to overcome easily. For some, cancer can fundamentally alter their lives, becoming a disability.
There are many, many different reasons that Alabama residents may end up eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. All kinds of injuries and illnesses can leave workers disabled and unable to work to earn an income. Liver disease, for example, is one common illness that can leave a person disabled.
Many of our readers in Alabama know someone who suffers from some form of heart disease. This health condition can come in many different forms, but all can result in a significantly detrimental effect on a person and that person's ability to work and earn an income.
Most of our readers in Alabama know that Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to people who are no longer able to work due to some type of debilitating injury or illness that has occurred in their lives. However, many people do not know the full extent of the qualifying conditions list. When it comes to serious illnesses that could lead to a person's application being approved to receive SSD benefits, the list is long. In general, the illness must be expected to last at least 12 months, or lead to the applicant's death.
Mental illnesses are probably the most difficult of all medical conditions that a patient may suffer from. Those illnesses can greatly hamper even the most basic day-to-day activities. An example of one such mental illness is bipolar disorder. As many people in Alabama may know, bipolar disorder is an illness of the brain that severely affects the mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to perform daily chores.
HIV/AIDS is among the most serious illnesses that any person can suffer from. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration understands the gravity of the diseases and how it they affect the lives of patients and their loved ones. Therefore, the agency offers Social Security Disability benefits to those HIV/AIDS patients who meet the SSA's established disability guidelines.
The Social Security Administration has created what is known as the Compassionate Allowances program. The purpose is to allow claimants who have certain severe conditions that have been determined to clearly meet Social Security Disability guidelines to be accelerated through the claims process. For the most part, the listings are rare and so severe that their quality of life is significantly diminished.
Many times when a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim is approved, an Alabama judge will also order a Continuing Disability Review, also known as a CDR. Some illnesses for which claimant's apply for disability can have significant improvement with the correct treatment and patient compliance. In many cases, especially those in which a claimant is diagnosed with a progressive disease, such as diabetes, symptoms worsen drastically over time without treatment.
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.
Understanding what types of medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability benefits can be half the battle of obtaining the benefits many disabled individuals badly need. This blog can help answer some questions disabled individuals have about Social Security disability benefits for illness.