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What can you do to prepare for a disability hearing?

Preparing for a Social Security Disability hearing can be important because it may be a significant step in the application process for SSD benefits that helps to determine if the disabled applicant receives benefits. Eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits is based on a qualifying medical condition causing disability and work history, which informs some of the questions the applicant may be asked during the hearing.

What qualifies you for SSD benefits?

Suffering a sudden injury or illness can be an emotional and overwhelming experience for individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere. This is especially true if an individual finds it difficult to work because of it. This can create a serious financial situation, causing one to consider their options when it comes to resources such as Social Security disability benefits.

Mental disorders that qualify for SSD benefits

In 2017, the Social Security Administration added 11 separate categories of mental disorders to what is known as the "blue book." The blue book is the guide by which an Administrative Law Judge determines whether a claimant has a qualifying medical disability that meets or equals a listing and is not expected to improve within the next 12 months, or that will result in death.

What is "substantial gainful activity"?

When a person is considering filing for Social Security Disability benefits, that person should understand the definition of what the Social Security Administration calls "substantial gainful activity," (SGA). This will play a large factor in determining whether an individual meets disability program requirements.

Can you get Veterans' Disability and Social Security Disability?

A U.S. military veteran is eligible to receive simultaneous disability pay from both the Veterans' Administration and the Social Security Administration. However, it must be understood that the eligibility criteria for each program are vastly different, and approval for one does not ensure approval from the other.

Can I still get disability with a drinking or drug problem?

Although people may not like to talk about it, many Charlotte residents suffer with alcoholism or some form of drug addiction. Oftentimes, they are still able to go to work and live productive lives despite their struggles. However, such behavior does have a tendency to take its toll on the body. On some occasions, a person may develop a medical or mental health problem that can be directly tied, or partially tied, to his or her addiction. These problems can force a North Carolina resident out of the work force permanently, leaving them to find some means of paying the bills.

Social Security fund for the disabled given new lease on life

According to those in charge, the trust fund that helps cover Social Security disability payments to injured and ill North Carolina workers has experienced a new lease on its life. Experts now say that the fund will run out of money by 2052. Last year, they predicted the fund would be depleted in 2032, or in less than 15 years from now. While this is not wonderful news, it does mean there is more breathing room for lawmakers and others to resolve the funding issues which have recently affected the Social Security Disability program.

Those suffering mental health issues may get disability

Thankfully, the American Social Security system recognizes that, like physical injuries and ailments, mental illnesses can leave a person unable to work. As in the case with other types of illness, many North Carolina residents who suffer from a mental illness may be eligible for, and need, the financial stability that a monthly disability check offers.

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