When an insured individual is no longer able to work due to a disability, it is important to file a Social Security Disability claim as soon as possible to avoid any potential loss of benefits. Insured status for benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act has an expiration date, or "date last insured" (DLI) for the onset of disability, though an individual may file a claim at any time. Social Security Administration can pay up to twelve months of retroactive pay from the date filed, so a claimant who files long after their onset of disability may risk losing back pay.
Hurricanes, 9-11, and mass school shootings, have all tragically claimed victims. Acute stress reactions are highly prevalent among survivors. In the aftermath of mass violence, terror, or disaster, most people can fully recover from even moderate stress reactions in several months. While resilience is a common observation, some survivors experience readjustment issues and develop chronic problems with disturbed mood and behavior in the second stage of recovery.
A working paper by researchers from Temple University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati has found an unusual connection between disability claims and states that have legalized medical marijuana.
It's not uncommon to hear clients complain about how long it takes for them to get benefits.
Anyone who has gone through the process of applying for disability benefits knows that it is not quick or easy.
Most clients I meet with do not understand that there are actually two types of disability benefits available.
It is very important to comply with prescribed treatment for your conditions. SSA will agree that your conditions or symptoms are worse when you are not doing the things your treating providers recommend; however, it is harder to be approved if you are not compliant with treatment. This is particularly important in cases with conditions that are expected to be amenable to treatment. Diabetes and epilepsy are two major impairments where SSA evaluates an individual's compliance with prescribed treatment. In general, a seizure disorder is expected to be well-controlled if an individual takes their anti-epileptic medications as prescribed. Similarly, blood sugars and A1C levels have a better chance of being well-controlled when an individual follows a diabetic diet, and takes insulin or diabetic medications as prescribed.
Many people think that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that only affects veterans who have seen combat.