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Guiding you through the SSD benefit application process

No one expects to suffer a serious injury. In fact, even when a tragic accident occurs, individuals in Tennessee and elsewhere are probably under the impression that they will quickly recover and return to their normal life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Whether it was due to an automobile collision, slip-and-fall incident or a workplace accident, if you have suffered a debilitating injury this could greatly impact your life. In some situations, it could be impossible to work, thereby causing you to suffer financial hardships.

When you are no longer able to meet your basic needs financially because of a disabling injury, it is important to be hopeful and understand your rights. The Social Security Administration has designed programs to assist those living in just that situation, particularly the Social Security Disability benefits program. At our law firm, we are dedicated to advocating for individuals in the Chattanooga area, helping them attempt to claim the Social Security Disability benefits they need.

Traumatic brain injury and eligibility for SSD benefits

Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on people. It's not uncommon for those with brain injuries to have a very difficult time continuing to work after suffering their injury. Although traumatic brain injuries, or "TBIs," has taken a terrible toll on people's lives in Tennessee, there may be options for those who are no longer able to work. One of these options may be Social Security Disability. It is important for victims of brain injuries to get more information on how the government determines whether a person with a TBI is eligible for SSD benefits.

There are two standards under which a person living with traumatic brain injury may be eligible for Social Security Disability. The first is if the person has disorganization of motor function in two extremities. This disorganization must result in an extreme limitation of the person's ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking or use their upper extremities. If this state of affairs persists for at least three consecutive months after the injury, the person may be eligible for SSD benefits.

The availability of veterans' disability benefits

America owes a major debt of gratitude to its veterans who have defended our freedom. While there are various benefits available to veterans, not everyone in Chattanooga may be aware that Social Security Disability benefits may be available. This is in addition to veterans' disability benefits that may be available from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

So, who is eligible for veterans' disability benefits? Benefits may be available to individuals who served on active duty or who were on active duty for training. Furthermore, benefits may be available to those who served on inactive duty training if the disability resulted from injury, stroke or heart attack.

How is an SSD claim processed in Tennessee?

Most Social Security Disability claimants in Tennessee know that a person who needs SSD benefits must go through an application process. But, who exactly reviews the application and how is it processed?

Initial applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are received by the Social Security Administration. These applications are not sent to one office in Washington, however. Rather, they are sent to Social Security representatives in local field offices found all throughout the country, including in Tennessee. The representatives in these offices will review the application to make sure that the proper non-medical requirements are met.

Heart failure can lead to disability

Anything that interferes with the heart's functions can lead to a serious decline in health, or even death. When a person in Tennessee experiences heart failure, it may be a chronic condition, such as congestive heart failure, or it could be an acute condition. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye out for the symptoms of heart failure. The quicker one receives medical condition for heart failure, the better.

One symptom of heart failure is having a hard time breathing when doing something strenuous or lying down. Another symptom of heart failure is feeling tired and weak. Those with heart failure may also find that their abdomen, feet, ankles and legs have become swollen. A person with heart failure may also have either an irregular or rapid heartbeat. If a person has had a heart attack, they may also have pain in their chest.

Brain tumors and SSDI benefits: some brief information

Brain tumors have very much been in the news lately after the recent diagnosis of U.S. Senator John McCain. Did you know that brain tumors are not only very often a serious, even potentially fatal condition for Tennessee residents, they can be a disabling condition as well? This blog post will provide some brief information about brain tumors and how those living with them may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Although most people think of cancer when they think of brain tumors, the fact is that many brain tumors are non-cancerous. These brain tumors are often called benign brain tumors. Benign brain tumors are abnormal growths of tissue in or on the brain. These abnormal growths invade healthy brain tissue or apply pressure to the brain or to cranial nerves.

Disabled children in Chattanooga may be eligible for SSI

When an adult resident of Chattanooga has a health condition that is expected to last 12 months or more - or is expected to result in death - that resident may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Parents and guardians with disabled children may be wondering whether their children could be eligible for any type of Social Security benefits. The answer to this question is yes, these children could be eligible, depending on the circumstances.

These benefits may be available under the Supplemental Security Income program. Children who live with disability or blindness may be eligible if they and their parents are both within the allowed limits for income and resources, and the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meet the definition of disability for children.

Helping Tennessee residents with SSD claims

Many residents of Hamilton County, Tennessee, live with physical impairments such as back, neck or spinal cord injuries; knee, hip and joint injuries; heart disease; strokes; and traumatic brain injuries. Physical impairments can also include multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, cancer, arthritis, epilepsy and respiratory disease. One thing these conditions all have in common is that people who live with them may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Not long ago a previous post here detailed how not being able to ambulate effectively can negatively impact a person's ability to perform routine activities. Ineffective ambulation is very often the result of musculoskeletal conditions, which can qualify as a physical impairment.

Understanding the importance of the disability onset date

In general, a disabled individual's disability onset date is the day they became unable to work because of the disabling medical condition they suffer from. Determining the onset date of disability can impact qualifying for Social Security disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or the benefit pay period for benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers several factors to determine the disabled individual's disability onset date. The SSA will consider the onset date provided by the disabled applicant in their application for disability. The disabled individual's statement as to when they first began suffering from their disability is considered in addition to the disabled individual's work history. As such, the SSA will also document and consider when the disabled individual had to stop working as a result of their disability.

Can veterans receive Social Security disability benefits?

Veterans may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and may also receive expedited claims processing but may wonder how. Veterans who have a compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total disability may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. In addition, expedited claims processing may be available to veteran applicants who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, wherever they become disabled.

The Social Security Administration offers two types of disability benefits. One type is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) which disabled applicants can qualify for if they have paid into the program through their employment history and work years. Alternately, Supplemental Security Income is available to disabled applicants of limited income and resources who may lack the necessary work history to qualify.

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