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Social Security Disability due to chronic fatigue syndrome

Indiana residents may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits if they suffer from a medical impairment serious enough to prevent them from working. Making a determination can be relatively straightforward when applicants have had heart attacks or suffer from widely diagnosed conditions like cancer or Parkinson's disease, but the SSD guidelines contain no specific criteria for evaluating the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Several factors impact the timing of SSD decision letters

For people who are waiting for a decision letter from the Social Security Administration in Indiana, not knowing how long it will take can be stressful. It's difficult to predict how long a decision letter might take to arrive, but there are a few factors that are likely to shorten or lengthen the process. For example, the time it takes for the decision itself is one of the biggest factors. If the claim is denied, the decision letter will be dispatched as soon as the decision has been made.

Social Security and medical records

Indiana residents who file for SSDI or SSI are not required to have a past medical history. However, the disability examiners who process the claims do prefer to receive records of any past medical treatments that can help them render a decision. People who have received some form of treatment for their disabling condition may provide copies of their physician's notes to give the examiners a perspective into the condition that they may not otherwise have.

Glaucoma sufferers may be entitled to disability benefits

Indiana residents who have glaucoma will likely lose their vision gradually over time. In some cases, it can cause individuals to go blind. While there is no true glaucoma trigger, eye pressure can play a role in a person developing the condition. Those who have symptoms of this condition may be entitled to disability benefits, but there are a couple of conditions that must be met. First, an individual must have an income that is less than the SGA limit.

Getting disability benefits

When people living in Indiana apply for disability benefits, they are often concerned about the time it will take to receive a decision about their case. There are multiple factors that can affect the timeline of a Social Security disability application. These include the nature of the disability, how well the disability is documented and whether the case must be decided via hearing.

Work history details matter on a benefit application

Those who are disabled in Indiana and throughout the country may apply for government benefits to help them pay bills or cover other expenses. To improve the chances of getting an application approved, it may be important to include work history information. An examiner should know what type of work was done over the past 15 years in addition to how long a person worked at a given job.

Family members of a disabled worker could qualify for benefits

Residents of Indiana who receive Social Security disability benefits might also have family members who are entitled to receive a portion of those benefits. Eligible family members could include children, a spouse or an ex-spouse as well as other dependents in certain age groups.

What to expect during the appeal process

Whether a disability application appeal will be successful depends largely on the merits of the applicant's case. However, an Indiana resident who is appealing a denial of their initial application will likely have more success on their second try. The second appeal is a hearing in front of a judge. To get to that step, an individual must first complete the reconsideration appeal process.

The timeline of a disability benefit claim

Indiana residents may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if they have a qualifying medical or physical condition. Whether a person qualifies will depend on the medical evidence that they provide. An examiner will check to see if the condition will last for at least 12 months and make it impossible to earn a gainful living. The examiner will also look at any work that the applicant has done in the past 15 years.

Disability benefits and EODs

Indiana residents who submit an initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits and who have their claim approved will then have their established date of onset calculated. The EOD is the date which the Social Security Administration determines to be when the applicant's disability began.

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