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Houston Social Security Disability Law Blog

Does social media impact an SSD benefits application?

Texas residents, like their counterparts across the country, are very likely to post pictures and updates on social media. While many may find social media platforms a way to communicate with their friends, what they post can be used against them in certain cases. For example, the Social Security Administration recently decided it would analyze whether program integrity and fraud identification would be improved if social media networks were used in disability determinations. This means if a Social Security Disability benefits recipient posts their picture playing golf while claiming a back injury, it could affect their eligibility.

Likewise, the government has been working on a proposal to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to weed out people who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits for injuries but are not disabled. Posts could be used to show that the injury in question was not disabling. Social media can become a treasure trove of information about SSD recipients or claimants.

SSD benefits and the importance of the Listing of Impairments

Texans who are suffering from an illness, condition or disability might want to apply for Social Security disability benefits. When considering the options for applying and determining if the requirements are met, it is easy to ignore the basics. However, if the application is denied, it is frequently due to a basic mistake. To prevent these avoidable errors, it is wise to understand those basics and to have legal assistance from the beginning from an experienced SSD benefits attorney. Before moving forward with a claim, it is wise to know the importance of the Listing of Impairments.

The Social Security Administration uses the listings to account for the applicant's entire bodily system. If the person has an illness, condition or disability that is on the listings, he or she must also be unable to perform gainful activity. Most conditions listed will either be permanent or lead to the person's death. It can also have an expected duration. The other listings must have evidence indicating that it lasted or will last for a minimum of 12 months. There are two parts on the listings: A and B.

When can I have a disability hearing if my SSI benefits stop?

Texans who are seeking or receiving Supplemental Security Income will either meet or have previously met the basic criteria of being blind, disabled, 65 and older and have limited income and resources. When these individuals are informed that the application was denied or that the benefits they are receiving will stop, it can be a worrisome time. Many will not know what to do to get the benefits or to restart them. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration provides the opportunity to have a disability hearing. Understanding when this can be done and what issues will be considered is an important factor in a case.

The person can receive a disability hearing if he or she was getting benefits or applied for benefits and there was an initial or revised determination that the person is not blind or disabled. This can happen if the SSA decides that the issue: has ceased; never existed; or is not disabling any longer. The person must make a request for reconsideration in a timely manner.

House votes to increase funding for disability benefits appeals

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to allocate $300 million to help the Social Security Administration cut down waiting times for people seeking appeals for their disability benefits applications. If the measure becomes law, it could help address a problem that has plagued the Social Security Disability system for years.

Many people in Texas who find that, long before they are eligible for retirement, they are no longer able to work for a living because of illness or injury. The Social Security Disability Insurance system can provide them with benefits that will provide them with income, but unfortunately the system does not always work smoothly.

Why does fibromyalgia sometimes lead to disability benefits?

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that has many impacts. When the symptoms of the disorder cause you problems that prevent you from being able to work, you might need to file for disability benefits. This isn't an easy process, but for fibro sufferers, it is sometimes the only option they have for being able to support themselves.

The way that fibro affects one person might not be the same as it affects someone else. This can make it difficult for the evaluators to determine what needs to happe. It is possible that you will apply for disability based on your fibro effects, but it will be denied. This may lead you to appeal the decision because you can't work to support yourself.

How can Social Security disability help with mental conditions?

Social Security disability benefits may not only be available because of physical injuries but also because of a disabling mental condition. To qualify for Social Security disability (SSD), however, the disabled individual must demonstrate that the mental condition they suffer from prevents them from working just like if they suffer from a disabling physical condition that prevents them from working.

There are certain mental conditions that can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions include benefits for disabled individuals suffering with schizophrenia; autism disorders; mental retardation; bipolar disorder; depression; and anxiety. The mental condition must be severe enough that it prevents the disabled individual from working.

Social Security disability basics

Social Security disability insurance is important for disabled individuals and their families to understand. It is also important for disabled individuals and their families to understand the Social Security disability process and how they can apply for and obtain benefits.

Unfortunately, one out of four Americans will become disabled before the age of 67 which is something

What is Supplemental Security Income and who can it help?

It is important for disabled individuals in Houston to understand the different government benefits available to help them. For those who qualify, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be one option to consider. There are different options available to disabled individuals through the Social Security Administration (SSA) based on different situations and circumstances, which is why disabled individuals and their families should be familiar with what may be available to them.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an option for disabled individuals that may not meet the requirements to qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Both types of benefits are available to help disabled individuals. However, they help disabled individuals in different circumstances. Though qualifying for both types of benefits is based on the medical condition that the disabled individual suffers from that prevents them from working, there is a second work history requirement disabled individuals must meet to qualify for SSD benefits.

What are Quick Disability Determinations for SSD benefits?

Readers of this Houston-based disability benefits blog may know that it can sometimes take a long time for individuals who qualify for Social Security disability benefits to be approved after they have submitted their applications. When questions arise or delays happen, individuals may find themselves waiting months or even years to learn if their claim for benefits has been accepted. During that time they are likely missing out on the financial support they require to live independently and at an adequate standard.

The Social Security Administration has implemented several programs that speed up the review and approval process for some disability benefits applicants. One of those programs is Quick Disability Determinations (QDD). The QDD process looks at several factors to make fast approvals on claims that may otherwise sit as they wait for review by the Social Security Administration.

Serious brain injuries may lead to personality changes

Brain injuries can leave people with "invisible" ailments that they have to deal with for the rest of their lives. These are the types of things that family members may see, but which don't show up as easily to the outside world.

For instance, common issues after a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Serious and consistent headaches
  • Dizzy spells
  • Difficulty keeping your balance
  • Trouble walking
  • An impaired memory, either in the short term or the long term