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Critieria to receive disability benefits

California residents who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits have two main criteria to meet to obtain them. First, they must have the proper insured status. This means that they have worked a sufficient number of hours prior to applying. Second, they must have been unable to obtain gainful employment because of a physical or mental condition over the past 12 months.

Total disability assessments in SSD applications

People in California applying for Social Security Disability may wonder how the Social Security Administration assesses whether or not an applicant is totally disabled. The government agency uses a standard of total disability to determine whether a person is sufficiently disabled to be eligible to receive disability benefits. According to the administration, total disability can be described as the inability to engage in a work activity to earn a substantial, gainful wage for a period of at least one year.

Fast track programs for certain Social Security Disability cases

People in California disabled by severe injuries or specific diseases sometimes qualify for a fast track review of an application for Social Security Disability benefits. Although the agency attempts to identify priority applications for people with obviously debilitating conditions, applications might still get caught up in the typical timeline of three to six months for an initial decision and over one year for an appeal. The programs known as Compassionate Allowance or Quick Disability Determination, however, provide a path to faster answers from the agency.

An explanation of SSDI and back pay.

Some California residents who are applying for Social Security Disability benefits are confused at the concept of 'back pay" when an award is given. They should understand why back pay is normally awarded. It is due to the passage of time involving the application date, the date determined for disability, and the award date.

Social Security Disability applicants benefit from representation

People in California who are unable to work may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. However, the process to apply for and receive these benefits can often be difficult and challenging. It can be important for applicants to have representation at a hearing to maximize their likelihood of success.

Past work as it applies to disability benefits

Those in California and elsewhere who apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits will be asked for information relating to their mental and physical abilities. This information is used to create a residual functional capacity score. When determining what type of work a person may be suited for, an examiner may look at past work performed during the relevant period.

Response times have no bearing on the merits of an SSD case

It is not uncommon for a person's initial Social Security Disability or SSI benefit application to be denied. The speed of which a California resident's application is denied has no bearing on the strength of an individual's case. Those who handle cases generally have no deadline as to when a case must be resolved. Furthermore, cases are not necessarily reviewed in the order that they are received.

SSD appeals

California residents who have had their Social Security Disability benefit claims denied can appeal that decision. As a general rule, a response has to be received by the appropriate office within 65 days of the denial notice. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Typically, late responses are more likely to be accepted at the reconsideration level as opposed to the administrative hearing level.

The next step after being denied twice for SS benefits

California residents who have medical conditions that prevent them from working might be entitled to Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income. But for many people, the first application for benefits is denied. Being denied does not mean there is no chance for receiving benefits. A denied application can be appealed or people can reapply, even if they have been denied twice.

Relocation and SSD benefits

California residents who relocate to another state and who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits should see no change in the amount that they receive. Because the program is a national one, there will be no change even if the recipient's new state of residence requires less to live. The cost of living is not used to determine how much SSD benefits one receives.

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