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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.

SSD and the five-month rule

When people living in Indiana become disabled and are unable to work, it is understandable that they might want to receive Social Security disability benefits as quickly as possible. However, regulations restrict how quickly one might qualify for benefits, something that applicants should consider when making financial plans during and after the application process.

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.

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