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Paralysis and an applicant's eligibility for disability benefits

The Social Security Administration offers two benefits programs that can provide much-needed assistance to men and women who have qualifying disabilities. The key to securing support from these two programs, which are Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, is proving that the applicant's condition is a disability as recognized by the Social Security Administration. Texas residents who suffer from paralysis may be able to demonstrate their compliance with this definition and receive the help they need when their ailments prevent them from working.

Paralysis is a serious physical condition that limits movement in a person's body. It occurs when a victim suffers an injury to their spinal cord, and a person may lose sensations and movement in their body below the site of their spinal cord trauma. Injuries that occur in victims' necks and upper bodies can result in paralysis of their arms, legs and torsos.

What is a Quick Disability Determination?

When a Texas resident becomes unable to work their income may come to a stop. However, that does not mean that their mortgage, bills and other financial obligations will also cease. It is when a person lacks the capacity to work and their expenses begin to mount that they may run into significant financial hardship.

Readers of this blog know that the Social Security Administration offers different programs that assist men, women and children who cannot work with getting benefits and financial help when they suffer from qualifying injuries and illnesses. In some cases, though, individuals who apply and qualify for benefits have to wait long periods of time in order to start receiving the help they need.

We can help fight for your benefits when you are sick

The human body is a marvel. When a Texas resident considers all of the incredible things that their body does on a daily basis it may seem amazing that humans thrive as strongly as they do. However, when things go wrong with a person's body, it is possible that every aspect of their life will be affected.

A person who falls ill may no longer be able to care for their spouse, children or other dependents. They may not be able to drive, stand for long periods of time or even find the strength to talk with others. Depending on their illness and the effects it imposes upon them, they may not be able to keep their job.

Some applicants wait 2 years for Social Security Disability

For those with a disability, the Social Security Disability program may be the only financial lifeline available. Whether a disability is related to an injury or an illness, it generally precludes someone from working a job. In some cases, disabilities can even prevent people from providing for themselves when it comes to daily care, such as eating, getting dressed or taking a shower.

Social Security Disability provides a small amount of income and access to health benefits that can offset the financial implications of a disabling condition. These benefits may be the only source of income and protection for many people with medical disabilities. Unfortunately, backlogs for processing applications for benefits have now reached two years or longer in some areas.

Traumatic brain injuries and a person's rights to disability help

Traumatic brain injuries, often known as TBI, can be caused by two different types of events. First, TBI may result if a person suffers a serious blow or impact to their head, such as may happen in a fall or vehicle collision. Second, a TBI may occur if a person experiences a penetration injury to their head, such as from being impaled or shot with a gun.

Suffering a TBI can be a serious hardship on a Texas resident because not all TBI will allow victims to fully recover. While mild TBI experiences like minor concussions may remedy without any day-to-day lasting consequences, severe TBI events may leave victims impaired and unable to perform basic tasks for the rest of their lives.

Is SSI available to individuals without disabilities?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are two forms of disability benefits that individuals may apply for through the Social Security Administration. Texans who are unable to work because of illnesses or injuries that prevent them from working may be able to apply for and receive financial support under these two programs. However, a disability is not the only way that a person may qualify for SSI.

If a person's financial limitations meet the conditions of the SSI program qualifications and they are at least 65 years of age they may also be able to pursue support in this way. Adults under the age of 65 must be considered blind or affected by a qualifying disability in order to apply for this form of financial assistance.

Social Security's compassionate allowance list

Individuals who have looked into applying for Social Security Disability benefits may have found statistics related to the wait times they may face after submitting their applications. While it is true that a Texas resident may have to wait some time prior to learning if their claim has been approved or rejected, some applicants may experience an expedited review based on their particular medical conditions. Certain ailments are granted compassionate allowance status and approved quickly to provide those who are suffering with the help that they need.

The Social Security Administration maintains a list of aliments that are approved for the compassionate allowance consideration process. Many of these ailments are terminal conditions, such as aggressive forms of cancer, rare pediatric conditions and other serious medical disorders. If a person's ailment does not appear on the compassionate allowance list, and they believe that it should be there, they may submit the name of their condition for consideration to the agency.

How does the government evaluate qualifying mental conditions?

Both physical impairments and mental impairments can seriously affect the lives of Houston residents. Both can be debilitating, and both could make it impossible for a worker to work. Social Security Disability (SSD) can help workers living with physical disability, mental disability or both. When a claimant applies for Social Security Disability benefits for mental conditions, how does the Social Security Administration (SSA) determine whether the claimant is eligible for benefits?

The SSA lists mental disorders into 11 categories, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders, neurocognitive disorders, intellectual disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, personality and impulse-control disorders and others. For most mental disorders, there are three groups of criteria, two of which must be satisfied for the government to award SSD benefits. The first group of criteria, the medical criteria, must be satisfied to get benefits.

We help those applying for SSI benefits with their appeals

Many Texans with disabilities benefit from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. This program can help people who may not have the work history to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The program is operated by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and funded by the federal government.

Not long ago we told readers about the maximum benefits available to SSI beneficiaries with no income. Individuals could receive up to $750 per month this year, and couples could receive up to $1,125 per month. Additionally, SSI beneficiaries are eligible for Medicaid benefits.

Neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson's may qualify for SSD

There are many different illnesses and injuries that could prevent you from working. Even relatively simple injuries, like broken bones, could mean weeks or months away from work. Thankfully, there are some protective insurance options available, including short-term disability insurance and workers' compensation. However, for those with severe and progressive conditions, long-term support may be necessary.

For people with progressive or degenerative conditions, applying for Social Security Disability is often a wise choice. These conditions often make it impossible to provide care for yourself, let alone to continue working a full-time job.