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Qualifying for veterans' benefits

United States veterans have fought in foreign wars to defend our freedom, and many of them have returned home with war-related injuries. Those injuries could be as simple as a back problem and as complex as full paralysis, brain damage or multiple amputations. When a wounded veteran comes back to the United States like this, he or she will be in need of medical care and possibly at-home nursing assistance -- all of which is extremely costly.

How Long Should I Wait to File a Social Security Disability Claim?

I recently had a conversation with a gentleman while sitting in a mechanic's waiting room while they finished up my car. When he learned what I did for a living, he informed me that he was just waiting for the final settlement on his workman's compensation claim and then he would apply for disability. When asked, he revealed he had been out of work for almost two years while waiting for his work comp to come through! Two years that he could potentially have been receiving disability benefits. Due to Social Security rules and regulations limiting back pay based on the date of initial application, he likely had already lost nearly one year's worth of potential benefits.

What is a "Medically Determinable Impairment"?

In order to receive disability benefits an adult must suffer from a medically determinable impairment or combination of impairments that is severe enough to prevent them from engaging in work activity. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a medically determinable impairment as "an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. A physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, and laboratory findings-not only by the individual's statement of symptoms."

What should Minnesota employees know about disability law?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects Minnesota workers with disabilities from workplace discrimination. According to the law, local and state governments, private employers, labor unions and employment agencies are prohibited from discriminating against employees who have qualifying disabilities. Indeed, not all Americans with disabilities require Social Security disability insurance to survive; many excel at high level jobs when reasonable accommodation is provided.

Will I get approved for Social Security disability benefits?

Millions of Americans rely on their Social Security checks each month to make financial ends meet. However, millions of Americans have also tried to qualify for these benefits and failed. That is why most people want to know before they apply for benefits if they will qualify to receive them.

Social Security Disability: Five Month Waiting Period

If you are found disabled under the Social Security Act, Supplemental Security Income benefits under Title XVI will typically pay you from your date of filing (provided you meet additional criteria for poverty), whereas Social Security Disability benefits under Title II can give you retroactive payments up to one year from the date of filing, though there is a five month waiting period during which you are not entitled to benefits.

Information about veterans' disability and regular disability

Most wounded veterans who are suffering from war-related injuries will have a lot of questions about veterans benefits. Also, non-veteran disabled Americans will also have questions about the Social Security disability system. First and foremost, they will want to know what kind of benefits they can qualify for. They will also want to know how they can apply and what kinds of information they will need to provide during the application process.

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