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Social networks may play a larger role in receiving SSD benefits

Some individuals in California have seen the way social networks can impact their life at school or work in a negative way. It may be surprising to some that what they post on Facebook and Instagram may soon affect their Social Security disability claim. In the budget for 2020 that was released by the Social Security Administration, more money would be used to examine social networks as a way to see if an applicant meets the criteria for disability benefits.

Medical vocational allowance could enable SSDI for MS patients

Multiple sclerosis affects many people in California. This neurological disease has no cure, and the symptoms typically worsen over time. Eventually, a person with MS will experience debilitating symptoms that interfere with motor function, mental function and vision as well as extreme fatigue. The Social Security Administration specifically recognizes MS as a disabling disease for the purposes of granting disability benefits as long as an applicant meets explicit criteria. Because of the progressive nature of the disease, a person might fall short of meeting enough requirements, but the medical vocational allowance offers a chance to collect benefits if the person can no longer work for a living.

The importance of listing every medical condition

California residents who are planning on filing for Social Security Disability benefits are advised to list all of their conditions when applying. This is because it is easier to have a claim approved on the basis of multiple conditions as opposed to just one. The more impairments that a person can claim, the more likely it is that an examiner will determine that an individual is unable to work now or in the future.

When to file for SSD

California residents who have some form of physical or mental impairment that significantly affects how well they are able to work should know if and when they should apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Filing for SSD is typically advised if a medical condition restricts a person's ability to work. This includes the abilities to do tasks a person has performed in the past as well as other types of work that are considered suitable due to a person's training, education and job skills.

SSD or SSI and previous jobs

When California residents submit a claim for SSI or Social Security Disability benefits, many aspects of their lives are evaluated, including their work history. However, the very last job held by a claimant is not the determining factor for whether the benefits are awarded. The Social Security Administration uses a five-step evaluation process when deciding on cases. The final two steps of the evaluation process pertain to an assessment of the claimant's ability to execute work activity.

Get a better understanding of Social Security insurance

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).

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