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April 2018 Archives

Applying for SSDI benefits

Going through the application process for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits can sometimes be difficult. However, there are certain steps that California residents can take to enhance the likelihood that they will receive the benefits they need, even if they have been initially denied.

Appeal could overturn initial denial of disability benefits

California residents who are unable to work due to severe physical or mental disabilities often seek Social Security Disability benefits. Certain severe conditions, such as terminal cancer, paralysis, kidney failure and statutory blindness, usually gain approval during the initial application process. A denial of an application, however, does not represent the final word from the Social Security Administration if the person appeals.

How to win a disability benefit appeal

California residents who file disability claims may find that their initial application and appeals are denied. This could make it necessary to have their cases heard by an administrative law judge. However, with nearly 2 million new disability claims made per year, there can be a significant backlog in cases. This means that an individual will likely need to wait before a hearing can be held.

Is medication needed to receive SSD benefits?

People in California who are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI benefits may face a range of challenges and complicated requirements. In light of the documentation necessary to prove that one is truly disabled, many may be concerned that they must take prescription medication in order to be approved for benefits. The Social Security Administration does not define any disabling condition by the presence or absence of a medication prescription, and there is no case in which taking prescribed pharmaceuticals is a requirement to receive disability benefits.

Becoming temporarily disabled as an agricultural worker

Working in the agricultural industry is one of the most high-risk occupations in California. It is unfortunately possible for an agricultural worker to be fatally injured at work. In 2015, it was reported that there were 401 farmer and farm worker fatalities. This rate is shockingly high, with a rate of 19.2 fatalities for every 100,000 workers.

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