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What if I am denied Social Security benefits for brain injury?

So many Americans have suffered serious and debilitating injuries -- like traumatic brain injury -- that have left them permanently disabled and unable to work, but they were denied Social Security benefits when they first apply for them. This is a scary and difficult situation to be in, for sure, but disabled persons should not despair and they should not take "no" for an answer.

Hybrid Hypotheticals

In order to determine whether you are disabled under the Social Security Act, the adjudicator must determine your residual functional capacity (RFC) when applying the medical-vocational framework (SSR 83-10). Social Security Administration uses the criteria developed by the Department of Labor in classifying occupations ranging from sedentary to very heavy exertion levels. The exertion level table arranges the categories based on weight lifted and hours spent sitting or standing (C.F.R. § 404.1567). At times, the medical evidence may suggest an RFC which does not neatly fit into these categories. For example, where an individual could occasionally lift 25 pounds and frequently left 10 pounds, the exertional capacity falls in between the requirements for medium and light work. In cases where such hybrid hypotheticals emerge, your representative may refer to Programs Operation Manual System (POMS) DI 25025.015, effective 3/27/15. (Although not binding at the hearing level, the POMS rule maintains persuasive authority).

What should I know about Social Security benefits?

Millions of Americans rely on the money they receive from their Social Security retirement benefits each month. However, most Americans are not completely familiar with all the details and rules that relate to Social Security. Considering how crucial this stream of income is for one's livelihood, you definitely need to familiarize yourself with the basics.

Veterans’ health care, claim determinations suspect

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been criticized for many flaws. The Washington Times reported military veterans, denied access to government health care due to a backlog in appointments, are suffering needlessly. Almost one-third of the 847,000 veterans died while waiting for medical help.

Senators slam Veterans Affairs for unkept benefits' vow

Benefits can be vital to a disabled Anoka County resident, particularly for elderly individuals living on fixed incomes. A denial of military veterans' disability benefits may be devastating financially for former military personnel who have filed claims for war-related injuries. A dozen U.S. senators recently admonished the Department of Veterans Affairs for ignoring the financial needs of World War II service members.

Physical impairment benefits in Minneapolis

Minneapolis residents who are suffering from a physical impairment that prevents them from earning over $1,000 per month for the duration of a year, or those who are suffering from a terminal physical impairment, could be able to gain approval for government disability benefits.


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