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A healthy young worker in California is likely not thinking about disability. The truth is that when people are healthy, they do not want to think about negative changes to their health. However, according to statistics, workers who are 20 years of age have a 25 percent chance of becoming disabled prior to reaching the age of retirement. These dire statistics put the idea of thinking about what one would do if they become disabled in a different light.

Getting disability benefits back pay

California residents who appealed a denial of Social Security disability benefits and were then approved may be awarded back benefits. An established date of onset will be determined by the disability examiner. This date will be used by the Social Security Administration as the date on which the disability is determined to have begun.

Some mistakes may affect SSDI approval chances

Filing a Social Security disability claim in California can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to meeting all of the various requirements that go along with this process. There's no guarantee that someone seeking disability benefits in the Golden State will receive them. However, there are some common mistakes that could make the process more frustrating and lengthy.

SSD applicants must explain functional limitations clearly

When California residents apply for Social Security Disability benefits, they must show that their conditions substantially limited their ability to function. Although people must provide honest information, they should not downplay how their mental or physical problems influence or limit their daily lives.

The role of the CE in disability claims

California residents and others who are seeking disability benefits don't need to see a doctor before filing for them. However, it is generally a good idea to do so. Those who can't afford to see a doctor may still benefit from going to an emergency room or a free local clinic. If an applicant lacks medical records that are less than 90 days old, he or she will need to have a consultative examination (CE).

How to respond to a disability benefits denial

When an applicant for Social Security disability benefits faces an initial denial in California, there are two main ways to respond. They could file an entirely new disability claim or appeal the denial with the Social Security Administration. In order to launch a new disability claim, the applicant must repeat all of the work that went into their original application from the beginning. This includes filling out relevant forms and providing medical and employment information. The applicant will also need to provide a new medical release form to the local Social Security office before the disability determination process can begin again.

Facts about receiving benefits during an appeal

California residents who receive disability benefits will have their disability status reviewed periodically to see if their condition is improving. If an examiner finds that a condition is unlikely to improve, such a review will occur every seven years. For those with conditions that are more likely to improve, the review will occur every three years. If a person has an increase in work activity, a review may take place regardless of how much time has passed since the last one.

Understanding an SSD benefits application

When people in California apply for Social Security Disability benefits, they may wonder about the next steps for their claim. The process can be lengthy, and initial denials are common, so having more information could help people navigate the system. After an initial application is filed, a state agency that handles disability determination services takes over the claim. Here, a disability examiner is assigned to handle the case. This examiner will go over the medical sources that an applicant provided in the claim for benefits, including requesting and reviewing medical records from the applicant's treating physicians.

Understanding a quick denial of social security benefits

People in California may be unsure what it means for the strength of their claims when they receive a swift denial for a Social Security disability application. While it may be disconcerting to receive a denial soon after applying, especially as the process is often known for being lengthy, this does not necessarily mean that the applicant has a poor claim. These first-level decisions are made by a disability examiner, a staff member at disability determination services.

Filing an appeal or a new disability claim

People in California who are seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration may not obtain benefits from their initial claim. If this occurs, they should understand what steps to take next. This requires that they know the difference between submitting a new disability claim and filing an appeal for a disability claim.

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