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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.

Preparing for an SSDI hearing - Part I

In our last post, we presented an overview of the appellate process that is available to Houston residents whose applications for Social Security Disability Insurance have been denied. This post will focus on a single aspect of the appellate procedure: testifying about the claim before an administrative law judge or ALJ.

Understanding the SSDI appeals process

Many people in Houston file applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits every year without realizing that most initial claims are denied. When a claim for SSDI benefits is denied, the law and regulations administered by the Social Security Administration give claimants many options to appeal such a rejection. Understanding the basic features of that process may be crucial to ultimately obtaining an award of benefits.

How to prove a claim for SSDI benefits

Many Houston residents might be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, but they have little or no idea how to pursue their claim. Gathering and presenting evidence that supports a claim for SSDI benefits can be difficult and complex. Knowing where to start in assembling relevant evidence can be a useful place to begin, and because many disability claims are initially denied, great care in gathering evidence can be the difference between success and failure.

Disability benefits for minor children

Many people in Houston assume without checking that Social Security Disability benefits are available only to adults. This assumption is incorrect, and it has prevented many parents from obtaining disability benefits for children who suffer from a disabling illness or injury. A knowledge of the basic rules of SSDI eligibility for children may help parents who are raising a seriously injured or ill child.

Obtaining SSDI benefits for neurological disorders

Many people in Houston suffer from disorders of their neurological systems. The Social Security Disability insurance program provides benefits for many of these disorders. Covered conditions include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, early-onset Alzheimer's disease to combinations of physical and mental dysfunction. The evidentiary requirements of the Social Security Administration and the complexity of the human neurological system often make obtaining SSDI benefits for these disorders a daunting task.

How to prove the existence of a disability for SSDI benefits

Many people in Houston are aware of the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program, but they do not know much about how to apply for benefits or prove the facts necessary to support the claim. The basic factual elements of an SSDI claim depend upon the language of the Social Security Administration regulations that govern the program.

Understanding the relationship between SSDI and work credits

Both Social Security retirement and disability benefits depend upon how many work credits have been accumulated by the claimant. Both programs require a minimum number of credits before a worker is eligible for benefits.