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Social Security disability appeals

Most people in California who are no longer able to work due to a disability apply for Social Security benefits. However, many claims are denied after an initial application and reconsideration. Applicants have a limited amount of time to appeal a denial of a claim.

How a disability application is reviewed

California residents who are unable to work or make a sufficient living could be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. There are several criteria used to determine if a person is qualified. First, anyone who is making more than $1,180 per month will not likely be eligible to receive benefits. Applicants making at or below that amount must be able to show that their condition is or will last for more than 12 months.

People should appeal durational denials of disability benefits

A durational denial by the Social Security Administration represents a decision based on the expectation that an applicant will regain function within 12 months. Applicants in California who were denied disability benefits based on this assumption should launch an appeal because disability examiners do not necessarily make accurate predictions about a person's chance of recovery.

Medical records and opinions are important in disability claims

Social Security disability claims are not decided based on whether or not the claimant has a specific condition. Rather, they are decided based on the extent to which the claimant is limited by the mental or physical condition. The specific condition is often irrelevant. In California and across the country, the primary goal of the Social Security Administration is to determine in what ways the claimant is limited.

Understanding temporary disability in California

If you reside in the state of California, you are entitled to certain protections in the event of your becoming disabled. These terms will vary from federal social security disability benefits, so it is important that you understand exactly what you are entitled to in your home state.

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