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What is the SSA's disability determination process?

Most of our readers know by now that the first step in any attempt to secure Social Security Disability benefits is to submit an application. But, how does the Social Security Administration go about actually determining disability?

Most Social Security Income attorneys would probably be able to tell our readers that when an application is submitted, the first stop is an SSA field office. At this stop, SSA representatives will make sure that the application includes all of the relative non-medical data, such as an applicant's age and employment history, as well as verifying marital status and whether or not the applicant is already receiving some other form of Social Security benefits. From there, the application is forwarded to a Disability Determination Services, or DDS.

What is the progression of liver disease?

There are many different types of illnesses and diseases that could qualify a Texan to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Liver disease can be one of them, especially if it is in an advanced stage. So, what exactly are the stages in the progression of liver disease?

The liver is actually a pretty incredible body part. The primary function of the liver is to clean a person's blood and fight infections. And, the most amazing thing about the liver is probably its ability to regenerate if it suffers damage. However, this ability can be outpaced, leading to liver disease.

Number of Americans receiving SSD benefits decreases

Many of our Texas readers may not have known this, but for about the past 30 years the number of Americans who receive Social Security Disability benefits has only increased. There are many potential reasons for this, with some citing the increase in the number of elderly citizens, some citing an increase in awareness of how Social Security Disability can help people and others citing just a general increase in the population at large.

Now, according to a recent report, there is news of a bit of a turnaround. The recent report noted that for the past six months in a row the number of people who receive SSD benefits has actually declined. If that is the case it is almost unprecedented, and many people are giving the credit to a labor market that has improved over the past several years after the economy bottomed out in 2007 and 2008.

Questioning your denied claim for SSD benefits

Most people have experienced disappointment at some point in their lives, but when that disappointed is due to a denied claim for SSD benefits, it can really hit hard. Despite all of the work that millions of Americans put into their application for benefits each year, most Social Security Disability attorneys would probably be able to tell our Texas readers that about 60 percent of them will be disappointed with the results. But, the process doesn't have to stop there.

Our readers may not know that after a denial of a claim for SSD benefits the applicant is entitled to have their documents reviewed a second time - or even more, if that is what it takes. After an initial denial, the applicant can request what is called "reconsideration." This is essentially just a second look at the same initial application - but the second time around the application is reviewed by someone who did not take part in the initial denial.

How can a brain injury impact your life?

Most people take every precaution to avoid suffering any type of injury. When we drive we wear seatbelts. When we ride a bicycle or motorcycle we wear helmets. But, sometimes no matter what type of precautions we take an injury can still occur. A brain injury can be particularly troublesome for a Texas resident. How could a brain injury impact your life?

Health experts have estimated that nearly two million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year. About 25 percent of these injuries require hospitalization. The majority of these traumatic brain injuries are suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Falls are another common cause as well.

Getting the right information about SSD benefits

When a Texas resident suffers a debilitating injury or is suddenly diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, the change in lifestyle can be startling. On top of that, the inability to work due to the medical condition could leave a person with more questions than answers. If the medical condition looks to be so serious as to limit a person's ability to work for the long-term, such a person may qualify for Social Security disability benefits under the right circumstances.

However, for most people even the decision to apply for Social Security disability benefits can bring on more questions than they are prepared for. Any of our readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that there are many different requirements that must be met, including medical requirements, before the Social Security Administration will make a finding that a person truly does suffer from a disability. And, if the initial application doesn't outline all of the necessary information for the SSA to make such a finding, there is a chance that an applicant will be denied Social Security benefits.

Will the Social Security Administration face scrutiny over jobs?

The Social Security Administration makes it a primary focus to get the decision right when it comes to determining disability. After all, this is the type of decision that could change a person's life, giving them the financial resources they need when that person is suffering from an injury or illness that makes it impossible to return to work.

However, the SSA may be facing some tough choices in the coming years as government leaders from both political parties begin to eye some benefit programs for restructuring. One question in a recent news article is almost certain to come up: Why, in today's world full of technological advances, is it so hard to find work for disabled people?

A neck injury that leads to permanent disability

Neck pain is an issue that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis. For most people, the pain is a passing problem, one that requires one or two pain relievers and the person is able to go on with their day. However, for many other people the pain might be a sign of a much more serious issue.

Pain associated with a neck injury, or a gradually building and persistent problem, could actually be an issue having to do with the person's spine. If the pain is accompanied by any type of loss of feeling in your extremities, or numbness, the problem may be caused by a nerve issue. In this type of situation, getting a medical evaluation could be a necessary step.

How do medical expenses affect your life?

By now most Texas residents know that medical expenses are a significant burden for many Americans. Despite the efforts of the federal government, as well as many state governments, the costs for most medical procedures and medications seemingly just continue to rise. With wages stagnant in many parts of the country, the situation seems to be untenable.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when data was gathered for the year 2012, approximately 25 percent of American families reported that they had to deal with the financial burdens that are associated with medical care. Families with minor children were more likely to be dealing with these financial complications than other families.

It's tax time: some but not all disability benefits are taxed

Spring has arrived in Austin. The buds are beginning to show on the trees, the grass is turning bright green again and it is time to file your taxes. This last little event is something many people dread and for different reasons. Many of our readers who receive disability benefits may have questions about taxes, especially if this is your first tax season after approval.

Public policy reasons protect certain types of income from taxation. For instance, child support is an off-limits income; it is neither deductible nor taxable. Tax law also recognizes Social Security disability benefits as a type of income that needs special treatment, but there are some rules.

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