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How does income affect a Social Security Disability claim?

If you are suffering from a physical or mental disability that prevents you from being able to carry out gainful activity, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits. There are two types of social security benefits programs for the disabled. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) is available to people who have worked and paid enough into the system. Supplemental Security Income (SSI), however, is assessed on a needs basis. SSI applicants need to show that their family income and resources are below a specific amount.

Claiming disability benefits for a mental illness

Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder can be pervasive enough to completely deplete a person's quality of life. Although a suffering person may not have any physical evidence of illness, mental health issues can be equally debilitating.

Am I viewed as disabled under the law?

Many people have health issues from time to time that can affect their ability to be productive at work. While many of these people may have become temporarily disabled because of this, only a few will be recognized as legally disabled and eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

What medical conditions qualify for disability benefits?

Disabilities can come in many different forms. While some disabilities are physically apparent, requiring the use of a wheelchair or walking aids, others are not so obvious but are equally debilitating. It is important that all those who suffer from disabilities are able to get the benefits that they deserve.

The 2 types of Social Security Disability benefits

When you are suffering from a long-term disability, it is likely that this has had a significant impact on the way that you go about your daily life. In addition, it will probably have determined the extent to which you are able to earn money. This is why there are two federal programs in place to mitigate the financial impact that mental and physical disabilities have.

What information is needed when filing an SSD claim online?


The advent of the internet has simplified many aspects of our lives. For example, these days, it is possible to apply for Social Security disability benefits online. This may be useful for those in Missouri whose disabilities prevent them from being able to write or leave the home. However, many initial applications for SSD benefits are denied, even if one's application was completed online. Therefore, before applying for disability benefits online, it is important to have all the necessary information at hand, so that one's application can be as complete as possible.

'Compassionate Allowance' can fast-track SSD benefit applications


When a person in Missouri files for Social Security disability benefits, it is usually because they are suffering from a medical condition that is so debilitating that they can no longer continue working to support themselves. SSD benefits can be the safety net that helps these individuals afford their daily living expenses and medical care. It is important that those who qualify for benefits get the help they need as soon as possible.

Can you apply for SSD benefits if you retire early?


Many people in Missouri anticipate working until they reach their full retirement age. Then, with their full retirement savings and Social Security benefits, they'll be able to enjoy their retirement goals, whether this means travelling the world, buying a motorcycle or simply enjoying their free time with their family and friends.

The five-step process the SSA uses to determine disability


When a person in Missouri has a serious illness or injury that prevents them from working, they may be in a very precarious financial situation. Fortunately, our government has a safety net available for qualifying individuals in such situations: Social Security Disability benefits. Part of determining whether an applicant qualifies for SSD benefits is determining whether the applicant is disabled. The Social Security Administration has a five-step process it uses when determining whether an applicant has a disability.

Does returning to work automatically cancel SSD benefits?


Some people in Missouri may think that spending time away from the workplace is usually relaxing, for example, if a person takes a vacation. However, some people must exit the workplace for very unpleasant reasons -- because they have an illness or injury that is so severe that it prevents them from working for a year or more, or is projected to be fatal. This type of leave from work is anything but pleasant.

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