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Medical records and the SSD benefits process

Medical records can be an important part of any Indiana resident's claim for Social Security Disability benefits. After all, to be approved for SSD benefits, people must show that they suffer from a disabling condition that prevents them from working in their last job or any other gainful employment. However, many people who both need and deserve disability benefits face challenges during the process. The vast majority of applicants receive a denial at the first stage of their application, even if they are later approved at a disability hearing or another level of the process.

Proposed disability benefits change raises concerns

Many people in Indiana have expressed concern about a proposal by the Trump administration that could change the application process for Social Security disability benefits. The process is already very rigorous, with the vast majority of applicants rejected in their initial applications. Many people who have become disabled and unable to work as a result must go through a lengthy appeal and hearing process before obtaining the benefits they need to support their living expenses.

Severe psoriatic arthritis could qualify for disability benefits

The Social Security Administration has designated monthly disability benefits for people with medical conditions that significantly impair their ability to work and earn income. People in Indiana suffering from psoriatic arthritis might qualify for government benefits if their symptoms have reached a certain level of severity. Disability examiners evaluating an application for benefits look closely at all medical records and vocational assessments to determine someone's eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits.

Learn more about SSD claims

Indiana residents who are filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits may wonder how the process takes place. The application will be taken by a Social Security claims representative if a person files an application by phone or in person at a local Social Security office. This representative is responsible for taking information regarding a person's disabling condition, the medical treatment they have received and their work history. Their job is not to process a person's disability determination but to get it ready for a medical determination.

SSD benefits can prove elusive for many

Many Indiana residents struggle with debilitating physical or mental conditions yet wish to and continue to work. If the situation deteriorates further and working every day is no longer possible, they may apply for Social Security disability. Unfortunately, the reality for most first-time SSD applicants is a denial of benefits, which comes with the implicit finding that they are still deemed capable of working. Although it's common to accept an initial denial, there are various methods of appeal that hold promise for some who persevere to prove their disability to the Social Security Administration.

An overview of SGA

Indiana residents and others who are applying for disability benefits must be able to show that they have a significant physical or mental impairment. This impairment must make it impossible for an applicant to engage in substantial gainful activity, or SGA. Generally speaking, a person meets the SGA threshold by making at least $1,220 per month as of 2019. Those who are able to make more than that amount each month will have their applications denied.

Considerations when appealing a denied SSD claim

The Social Security Disability application process has specific requirements that must be met or the claim will be denied on a technical basis. Similarly, an incomplete application will be denied. However, when an Indiana claimant is qualified to receive SSD benefits and properly applies, he or she is most anxious to receive an award letter from the Social Security Administration acknowledging a finding of disability, the amount to be received and when the monthly benefit will begin. However, for the majority of claimants, things are not that simple.

Many with medically determinable conditions are denied SSD

Many Indiana residents struggle for years with physical or mental conditions that not only impact their personal lives but also make working stressful, difficult or all but impossible. They may seek treatment and find that, indeed, medical professionals concur that they have a medically determinable condition. When the tedium becomes too much to endure or the condition worsens, an individual might for Social Security Disability only to have their claim denied. This seeming contradiction is very much routine procedure within the SSD system.

Back pain and disability benefits

Many people living in Indiana and around the country suffer from back pain. In some cases, this pain can become debilitating and make it difficult to perform daily tasks at work. When an individual can no longer earn a living, they may consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. However, they may wonder if it's even possible to get disability benefits due to back problems.

Foot drop and SSD eligibility

Many people living in Indiana and around the country have a condition known as foot drop. This is a condition in which a person's gait is affected by a drooping forefoot. The cause of the condition is often neurological or may also involve partial paralysis of the leg. For many people, this condition can be debilitating and make it difficult to get around as well as perform routine job duties.

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