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8 reasons SSD applications get rejected, part 1

We have spoken before in this blog about how difficult it can be to get your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits approved. In fact, the Social Security Administration appears to be getting stricter than ever. The agency, which administrates the SSD program, approved more than half of applications submitted in 1999. Last year, they approved just one third of applications, according to The Motley Fool.

Before applying for SSD, check your work history

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is not need-based. However, the Social Security Administration generally does require that an applicant have put in a certain amount of time earning an income before he or she can qualify for benefits, even if he or she has become disabled under the agency's definition.

How a car accident can lead to a claim for SSD benefits

When a lot of people think of the word disability, they oftentimes think of conditions or illnesses a person can be born with. But as our frequent visitors know, this isn't always the case. A person can become disabled because of a condition that develops later in life. A person can also become disabled after being involved in a motor vehicle accident as well.

In Missouri, wheelchairs are tax-free -- but parts are not

Missouri residents with limited mobility likely know that the state does not impose sales tax on wheelchairs and scooters. This exemption goes back to a statute that the state Legislature passed several years ago. However, the author of that bill recently learned that a loophole in the law could mean that people may have to pay taxes to get their mobility devices repaired.

White matter damage in parts of the brain may cause depression

Brain injuries can cause a wide variety of troubling symptoms that have a serious impact on victims’ lives. One of the most frightening side effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is depression. There have been far too many cases of high school and college football players committing suicide after suffering head injuries on the field.

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