The Social Security Disability system in the United States is very complicated. Whether you are a recently disabled father trying to provide for your family, a single mother who can no longer work because of an illness, or the parent of a child who needs extra help because of a challenging condition, obtaining benefits is not easy. The “system” involves a complex set of rules and requirements that make it very hard for the average person to successfully receive payments.

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  • A singular focus on representing the injured and disabled.
  • Having all important work performed by an experienced disability attorney.
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  • A proven track record of success in both routine and difficult cases.

Regardless of whether you are considering filing for benefits for the first time, or have been denied numerous times in the past, please call our office at (404) 255-9838. We will discuss your options free of charge, and help you make an informed decision about what to do next. We look forward to talking with you.

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When you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), you are automatically eligible for a number of forms of assistance.

For starters, you are immediately eligible for monthly cash benefits. These disability benefits will be in the form of checks that you receive every month. The amount will depend on a number of factors, including the amount that you have contributed in taxes to the Social Security system, as well as your work history.

A Social Security disability beneficiary will also become eligible for Medicare benefits. This eligibility will kick in two years after you become eligible to receive disability benefits.

Your dependents may also become eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits when you qualify for these benefits. Your family members, including your spouse, children, and even ex-spouse may qualify for benefits. Determining which of your family members may become entitled to disability insurance benefits because of your eligibility can be complicated. Talking to an experienced disability lawyer about whether or not your dependents can qualify for benefits is often very helpful.

As a Social Security beneficiary, you may also become eligible to receive back payments that you are owed. These are typically paid in a lump sum, and are generally dated back to the time that you filed the application. Many people are not prepared for the amount of back payments that they can actually receive – the amount is often substantial. It is important to remember that Social Security Administration (SSA) can take months and even years to process a disability claim, and the benefits accumulated during this period of time will be credited to you should you win your case.

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The disability benefits application process can be difficult and confusing. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will conduct an assessment of your ability to perform certain tasks before it makes a determination of your disability and benefit payments.

The agency does this by conducting a residual functional assessment of what you can continue to do. It will also evaluate whether you are capable of working in some other capacity or in a different field than your previous one. The assessment will be conducted by a disability claims examiner together with a medical expert.

The assessment will focus on whether you can perform different levels of activity. For example, it will evaluate whether your disability allows you to perform sedentary activity that involves a lot of sitting and occasional standing or walking, or if you are capable of light work. Being able to perform light work generally means that you are able to lift up to 20 pounds frequently. You must also be able to stand and walk about frequently.

Similarly, the assessment will consider whether you are capable of medium work, heavy work and very heavy work. While the assessment will focus on whether you can perform exertion-based activities, it will also consider whether you can perform mental tasks like following instructions properly.

The results of your assessment will be used to determine whether you can return to your prior job, or whether you may have to be trained to perform a new job.

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Sometimes an individual does not have a medically verified diagnosis of their condition, but may suffer symptoms that impair their ability to work. If you suffer from chronic pain for instance, but have no medical evidence or diagnosis from a doctor about your condition, you will find it hard to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

The Social security Administration (SSA) will require a medically verifiable condition, and will require that your application for benefits be accompanied by medical documentation and evidence of your condition. Even if you are suffering from symptoms like pain, fatigue, frequent dizzy spills or other issues that make it difficult for you to earn a living, you most likely will not qualify for benefits if you are unable to provide medical proof of these symptoms.

Conditions that involve frequent and chronic pain are a prime example of cases in which a person may find it hard to qualify because there is no medical evidence of the impairment. Apart from chronic pain and fatigue, you might also find it more challenging to claim benefits if you suffer from unexplained lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or other types of repetitive stress injuries that may not show up on lab tests, CT scans, or MRI’s.

For answers to your questions about establishing your impairment and claiming benefits, take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced disability benefits lawyer. They can review your options and advise you about the best steps to take to increase your chances of success.

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In order to receive Social Security disability benefits for a child suffering from autism, your child must suffer from a number of cognitive impairments and impairments in social and personal functioning.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will look for signs that a child suffers from multiple types of impairments when evaluating eligibility for benefits on the basis of his autism. For instance, the child must have deficits in social interaction, communication and imagination, and must be limited by his or her activities and interests. These limitations must impact the child’s cognitive, personal, social and social functioning.

Proving these types of impairments is frequently done through the results of standardized tests. For instance, you can establish the extent of cognitive and communicative impairment by using standardized tests as well as special tests for language development. In the case of social functioning impairment, your claim may depend on evaluations by a doctor and observations of the child’s capacity to form relationships, interact with others, including parents, adults, and peers. Personal functioning refers to the child’s ability to look after himself, perform self-grooming tasks and dressing, eating, and visiting the toilet on his own.

A child who suffers from Autism may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but the symptoms must meet a certain standard in order to be eligible for benefits. The Social Security Administration will require extensive documentation, including your child’s clinical history, standardized test scoring, medical records, lab results, and other documentation. Also, you will want to provide a report from your doctor containing a summary about your child’s treatment. In almost all cases dealing with autism, a skilled lawyer can help increase the chances of success in a claim for disability benefits

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The term “Substantial Gainful Activity” refers to work activity that provides a certain monthly income beyond a limit. Remember, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will deny a claim if it has reason to believe you are earning more than a predetermined SGA limit.

What is the SGA limit?

The limit depends on a number of factors. The most important factor is the type of disability. Some conditions may allow a person to receive disability benefits even if they are earning a higher income than another person who is denied. For instance, persons who suffer from blindness may have a much higher SGA limit while still retaining their eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.

In 2016, according to SSA, the monthly SGA limit for blind individuals is $1,820. For other disabled individuals, the monthly limit is $1,130.

The agency will also monitor your SGA level if you are attempting to return to work after receiving disability benefits. SSA encourages persons on disability to return to work in order to increase their earning ability. However, after the initial trial period, you may become ineligible for benefits if your monthly income exceeds the SGA limit.

These are complicated issues, and it’s important to get guidance from a legal professional who understands the system and how to maximize your opportunity for benefits. If you are unsure about whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, talk to a Social Security benefits attorney in Atlanta, and understand your rights.

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work program allows disabled individuals who are currently deceiving disability benefits payments to transition back into the workforce.
If you are currently receiving disability benefits, and are between the ages of 18 and 64, then you may qualify for the Ticket to Work program. The program allows you to go back to work, and begin earning an income again, while retaining your eligibility for Social Security benefits. The program also allows you to continue to retain some of the benefits that are available to you under the Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as some cash benefits.
The Ticket to Work program also allows you to benefit from an employment network that will help you get in touch with employers and organizations to get started working again. The Employment network will require information about your disability, your work history and other issues, and can help you find that is a good fit.

The Ticket to Work program is purely voluntary, and is meant to encourage persons who are receiving disability benefits to transition back into the workforce. However, if you find that you are unable to continue working, you may be able to get your benefits reinstated. Remember, if you earn more than a certain maximum level, you may no longer be eligible for disability benefits.

The best way to understand your rights and options is to stay in close contact with your experienced disability attorney.

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If your Social Security disability benefits claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal. It is very important to do this because many claims are denied initially, but are approved at the appeals stage.

The disability hearing will play a very important role in the appeals process. A hearing takes place before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and you will be required to present your case at the hearing with your Social Security disability benefits attorney. (It’s not necessary that you be represented by an attorney, but it is highly recommended as the chances of success increases with the help of experienced legal counsel.)

Arrive on time for the hearing, and dress appropriately. It’s best to discuss the questions that will be asked of you at the appeal hearing beforehand with your attorney. Your attorney will make sure your answers are correct, concise, and address the important issues properly.

You can expect to be asked questions about your condition. It is important to give clear and precise answers to questions. Avoid rambling, and avoid giving long-winded explanations for simple questions.

Remember, the questions may make you feel uncomfortable. The judge may have a problem with the quality of medical records that you have presented as evidence in support of your claim, and you must be prepared to defend your medical records, and explain any facts that the judge might find questionable. If you, for instance, have not been under medical treatment for a while, be prepared to explain to the judge why that is so.

Discuss these questions thoroughly with your attorney. The hearing is an important event and will have a significant impact on an appeal if an initial denial is made.

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If you have begun receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the agency will expect you to report changes in your circumstances or conditions. Failure to report to the agency when required to do so could result in penalties, including a temporary suspension of your benefits.

For example, if you plan to begin working, or have begun working, or have started a business, you must report this to SSA, no matter how little you earn. Report details including the hours that you are working, and any work expenses that you are incurring as a result of your disability such as a wheelchair, or assistance getting ready for work.

You must also report to the agency if you become eligible for another type of government benefit, such as workers’ compensation benefits. If you qualify for other types of benefits under federal and state programs, inform the Social Security Administration about these.

Report to the agency if you change your address or your phone number. Also, make sure that SSA is aware when you change banks or open a new bank account. The Social Security Administration must also be notified if there is a change in your name because of marriage or divorce, or if you become the parent of a child after entitlement. You must inform the agency if there is a warrant out for your arrest, or if you’re convicted of any crime.

Remember that the Social Security Administration will access much of this information from other agencies or sources, but it requires you to provide this information to the agency as well.

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A combination of physiological and psychological treatment has been found to be very beneficial in the treatment of back pain. According to researchers, Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy releases psychological stress in persons who suffer from chronic back pain, and that helps make their physiological treatment much more effective.

According to the researchers, doctors who use this therapy will be able to help reduce back pain in patients, and also reduce the cost of treatment. Many back pain patients suffer from stress, and also may turn fear-avoidant, a mindset in which they fear taking part in any kind of activity because they are afraid that their back pain will get worse. For such people, finding an effective back pain treatment is very important and also very challenging.

The researchers conducted a pilot study in which they combined physical as well as psychological approaches to treating the problem, and found that chronic back pain could be treated more effectively with a combination of these approaches. Persons who participated in Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy found it was beneficial in treating their back pain.

Chronic back pain is a major contributor to disability in the United States, and is one of the more common musculoskeletal conditions. Every year, thousands of individuals find that they can no longer continue in their former job because their back pain is so debilitating and painful. Any new treatment options should be fully investigated to determine their effectiveness for patients will different types of back pain.

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The Social Security Disability Administration (SSA) will consider a number of factors, including the income that you are earning, before it approves your benefits claim. Of primary importance in the processing of your claim is any Substantial Gainful Activity that you are performing. Substantial Gainful Activity is any income that earns you an income beyond a certain limit. In 2015, the limit set by SSA $1,090 per month. You are not eligible for benefits if you earn more than this fixed amount.

However, the income that SSA will calculate will only include work-related benefits. Unemployment benefits are not included in the calculation. Therefore, your unemployment benefits will have no effect on your eligibility for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Your unemployment benefits will also not have any effect on the amount of benefits that you receive from SSA.

However, there is a flipside. The benefits that you get from Social Security Administration may lead to a reduction in the amount of unemployment benefits that you receive. For more information on this, it’s best to contact the Georgia Department of Labor or logon to its website and learn whether your unemployment benefits will decrease because of your disability benefits.