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What can Social Security Disability benefits can do for you?

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, creating the Social Security Board, which would eventually turn into the Social Security Administration in 1939. In addition to handling Social Security benefits for retirees, the administration handles all applications and for United States citizens who utilize the benefits of Social Security Disability Insurance; workers who have disabilities prohibiting them from employment. The Social Security Administration also handles Supplemental Security Income to aid low-income workers and children.

What can I expect at my disability hearing?

If your Social Security Disability claim has been denied and you subsequently appealed the decision, you may have a disability hearing with an Administrative Law Judge for the agency to reconsider your case. Your hearing begins when you are sworn under oath by a court reporter. Also present at the hearing will be the judge, a court reporter, you and any representation you have, as well as experts and witnesses, such as medical professionals and vocational experts. The judge will explain why your claim was denied and may ask questions to you, your representatives and experts on hand regarding your disability. The judge will analyze your medical condition and may consult with a physician at this time.

Understanding appeals of a Social Security disability decision

With a limited budget and countless claims being submitted every day, it may be understandable that a majority of Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, and Social Security Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, are initially denied by the Social Security Administration. The rejections can occur for any number of reasons such as, but not limited to the following: the severity of the injury or disability is not expected to last for at least one year, it is determined that the claimant is still able to perform in the workplace, the disability is the result of a drug or alcohol addiction, the claimant failed to provide adequate medical evidence of his or her injury or disability, the claimant did not follow the required necessary medical treatment or that the claimant began working again. But even if your claim was denied, you are still entitled to file for an appeal.

Understanding which mental health disabilities qualify for SSDI

It is often easier to notice a person with physical disabilities due to his or her restrictions in movements. As a result, many Americans are unaware that many mental disabilities are covered by the Social Security Administration, or SSA, for Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI. But unseen disabilities such as illnesses and mental disabilities are often no less severe or debilitating for many Americans.


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