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What are Social Security disability work credits?

Most Houston residents who are wondering about obtaining Social Security disability benefits pay most of their attention to the nature of their illness or injury and its disabling effects. A third factor must also be considered -- whether the person has accumulated enough work credits to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Proving disability for a claim for SSD benefits

A claim for Social Security disability benefits has two major parts: proof of a serious medical condition that is either permanent or expected to cause the death of the patient in 12 months and proof of a total disability. For Houston residents who may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, understanding these elements can be crucial to the success of their claim.

Are SSD benefits subject to federal income tax?

As April 15 approaches, people in Houston who have begun receiving Social Security disability benefits during 2018 may want to know if their benefits are taxable. They may also wonder if the state of Texas will tax their disability payments. The answer can be simple, but as with many tax questions, the precise answer depends upon the taxpayer's individual income and filing status.

Obtaining SSD benefits for epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disease that is often misunderstood, partly because the symptoms and effects of the illness vary greatly in frequency and intensity. Epilepsy is usually defined as the result of abnormal activity in the brain. Symptoms can include temporary confusion, staring at a point or object, uncontrollable jerking of the arms and legs, loss of consciousness or awareness and psychic symptoms such as fear or anxiety. Residents of Houston who suffer from epilepsy are often uncertain if they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The standards for epilepsy are included in the Social Security Administration's "Listing of Impairments."

Understanding compassionate allowances and disability decisions

Many people in Houston regard the process of applying for and obtaining Social Security disability benefits laborious and lengthy. While these feelings have some basis in fact, these same people are often unaware of the special Social Security program know by acronym "CAL." The letters stand for "Compassionate Allowance," which is a program that is intended to provide specialized handling for people whose medical condition is especially grave.

The steps required to appeal a denial of SSD benefits

Many applications for Social Security disability benefits filed by Houston residents are denied the first time around, and the applicants are frequently left angry, confused and feeling helpless. Fortunately, the SSD benefit rules provide a multi-step appeal process that provides many applicants with an opportunity to reverse the initial denial.

What is the 'Compassionate Allowance' disability program?

People living in Houston who have applied for Social Security disability benefits may have experienced a significant delay in receiving a decision on their claim. Moreover, sometimes their initial claim is denied, necessitating an appeal. Some may feel that such a system can hardly be called "compassionate," but the Social Security Administration has attempted to inject a small amount of compassion into the claims process by identifying diseases and medical conditions that fall squarely within the definition of totally disabling conditions. A person who is diagnosed with such a disease is most often given swift consideration and approval of their disability claim.

What are "work credits" and how do they affect SSDI benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a tremendous boon to any Houston resident who has been totally disabled by an injury or illness. Many of these same individuals are mystified by the application process that is required to receive SSDI benefits. This post has frequently discussed the definition of disability and the factors that make a disability total. In this installment, the concept of "work credits" will be explained.

Obtaining disability benefits for peripheral neuropathy

Many residents of the Houston area have experienced a disorder of the nervous system known as peripheral neuropathy. The disorder manifests itself as weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet. The pain is often described by patients as burning, stabbing or tingling. Peripheral neuropathy can be the basis for a successful claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if the symptoms interfere with a person's ability to perform the duties of his or her job.

Preparing for an SSDI hearing - Part II

In our last post, we presented general guidelines for preparing for a disability hearing before an administrative law judge. In this post, we will cover specific pointers for ensuring that the claimant can present oral testimony that is clear, persuasive and effective.