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.
If the President and the Social Security Administration have their way, the Administration will start to review the social media posts of applicants and recipients of disability benefits on a broader basis. The two parties are purportedly working on a proposal that would make such monitoring more common than it is currently.
As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, the point of Social Security disability is to provide income to Charlotte, North Carolina, residents, along with workers in the rest of the country, when they are disabled and not able to earn an income.
When a Charlotte resident suffers an injury, they may need a few days to recover from their pain and to rest before they resume their normal activities. If they incur their injury while doing their job, then they may be entitled to pursue workers' compensation to help them through their time off from work. However, if their injury or ailment is so severe that they cannot return to work, they may have options for seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
The Social Security Administration has composed what is known as the "blue book." In it, a person can find listings of all qualified medical conditions and corresponding criteria that must be met in order to be approved for Social Security Disability. However, many claimants do not present with circumstances that qualify for approval based on medical conditions alone. This does not mean that a claim cannot be approved, but rather that it must be put through a medical-vocational qualification process known as GRID rules.
It is a well-known fact that waiting on a Social Security Disability hearing can be financially taxing, to put it mildly. Some claimants, depending on the length of the backlog in their filing state, can wait in excess of two years for a hearing date. However, there are resources available for those in limbo.
Receiving an unfavorable decision on a Social Security disability benefits claim after enduring the extremely long wait to have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge can be devastating. However, there is one final option.
When a Social Security Disability claimant receives a decision denying benefits, he or she is eligible to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. It is here that a claimant will present their case and offer any additional evidence to substantiate a claim. While an attorney is not required to complete this process, it is highly advisable that a claimant not go into a disability hearing alone for several reasons.
Regardless of which medical impairment a person files a Social Security disability claim for, there are certain criteria that must be met, as defined by the Social Security Administration blue book.