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Seizures may be a frequent part of serious illness disabilities

Many Los Angeles residents deal with minor illnesses all the time, such as the flu, stomach bugs or even bad colds. But, while these illnesses may be inconvenient for a few days, there are some people who live with much more serious illnesses that can impact their entire way of life. Suffering from frequent seizures, for example, could be a disability that could prevent a person from being able to maintain employment.

Epilepsy is a health condition that can cause a person to suffer frequent seizures. The seizures that a person with epilepsy can suffer from can be completely unexpected and difficult to see coming. When people suffer a seizure, they can injure themselves by falling or striking an item during the convulsions. Or, the seizure could even cause additional health problems. Another unfortunately reality for those who suffer from epilepsy is that they may be more likely to die than others in the general population.

Your child may qualify for Supplemental Security Income

There are millions of families throughout America who are raising a child who suffers from a disability. These are some of the most caring individuals our readers could ever come across, as every day they are putting in the time and love to help raise their disabled children so that they can get the most out of life. Unfortunately, raising a disabled child can also be an expensive endeavor - one for which the federal government may be able to provide some financial assistance.

Many of our Los Angeles readers may not know that disabled children may qualify for Supplemental Security Income. This assistance program is run by the Social Security Administration. It is not to be mistaken for Social Security Disability, which is a program for workers who become disabled. SSI benefits are for those who are facing some truly difficult financial problems amid limited resources.

New legislation could introduce "temporary" SSD benefits

Many Social Security Disability applicants are relieved - and probably a little exhausted - once they have been approved to receive benefits. The process can be grueling, taking an emotional toll on applicants as they gather the requisite documentation and data to prove to the Social Security Administration that their disabilities truly do limit their ability to remain in the workforce. However, even after this complex and exhaustive process is complete, many Los Angeles residents who receive SSD benefits long to someday return to the workforce if they recover or learn to cope with their disabilities. According to a recent article, proposed federal legislation may help.

According to the article, matching legislative proposals have been submitted in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The proposals, which are commonly known as the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act, aim to specifically help those SSD benefits recipients who may be approved for benefits, but who may also have a path toward recovering or adjusting to their disabilities. The gist of the proposal is a new category of SSD benefits: temporary benefits.

What happens to your SSD benefits if you get married?

Individuals who receive SSD benefits have faced many challenges in their lives. Dealing with a disability can be very hard, and the process to obtain benefits is not an easy task. In the event that they are approved, nearly any change in their situation can impact the benefits that they receive. This includes walking down the aisle.

Two people reportedly fighting for the ability to marry and become an independent couple live on the opposite outskirts of a small town and part ways everyday after work. The individuals have serious health conditions that make it impossible to work. They both receive SSD benefits, which is where the problems start. 

What are the first steps after a denied claim for SSD benefits?

Los Angeles residents who apply for Social Security Disability benefits may have to wait a few months before they find out whether or not the benefits will be awarded. This is typical, as the initial application for SSD benefits can include quite a bit of information that needs to be reviewed by the Social Security Administration, such as medical and work history documentation. However, for about 60 percent of applicants, the initial phase ends with a denial of benefits.

There is a wide variety of reasons for why a Los Angeles resident's application for SSD benefits could be denied. Perhaps some crucial piece of medical documentation was missing. Or perhaps the applicant did not sufficiently describe the limitations of the disability. But after that initial denial, there may be options. So, what are the first steps after a denied claim for SSD benefits?

Programs to help with disabilities

Disabilities are shocking and life changing. While they make everything more difficult, they don't have to completely dominate your life. If a disability hampers your ability to earn a living, there are programs that can help you. Two in general, SSI and SSDI, are available to the American public to assist with living expenses. Take a closer look to see what they can do for you.

Comprehensive service when applying for SSD benefits

Some Los Angeles residents may attempt to apply for Social Security Disability benefits on their own. And then, when their application is denied, they may be looking for answers - or they may just give up. Our readers need to know that there are multiple levels to an application for SSD benefits - the process oftentimes isn't as simple as just submitting an application. For a disabled person in Los Angeles, whether it is a physical disability or a mental impairment, having an application for SSD benefits denied can be a devastating financial blow.

At our law firm, we work with our clients throughout every step of the process of securing SSD benefits. For some people, that means gathering all of the appropriate information for the initial application, which can include documentation of the medical condition as well as documentation about how the disability is so limiting that the applicant can no longer participate in the workforce.

After a denial of SSD benefits, prepare for the appeals hearing

For some people, it is the worst news they could receive at a critical time: being denied Social Security Disability benefits. It may have been months since they submitted their initial application, and the waiting game has been nerve-wracking. A denial of benefits can seem like an incredible defeat, but once Los Angeles residents get over this initial disappointment they will hopefully remember that they can appeal that decision. And, in some cases, an appeal of an initial denial of Social Security Disability benefits can lead to an appeals hearing.

The first, and perhaps most important, thing to remember in preparation for the appeals hearing is that the application for benefits has already been denied once - meaning that the odds aren't exactly in the favor of the person pursuing the appeal. However, the appeals hearing provides the perfect opportunity for the applicant to testify to the Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, about how the disability affects every day life, and especially how it prevents the applicant from working.

SSD benefits are just part of the solution for a disability

When Los Angeles residents who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits finally receive notification that those benefits will be approved, a great sense of relief often occurs. For a person who has become disabled and is therefore facing a complete inability to work, SSD benefits can be a financial lifeline that is sorely needed. However, Social Security Disability benefits are just one part of the solution for a Los Angeles resident who will now live with a disability.

Those who suffer from a disability that is caused by a mental condition will likely need to attend therapy sessions and consistently take medication. The mental health disability may not be cured, but a Los Angeles resident who suffers from such a condition will likely want to learn how to live with it going forward.

Are Social Security Disability benefits "welfare"?

Any of our Los Angeles readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that there can be a great deal of confusion when it comes to applying for benefits from the Social Security Administration. It seems like it doesn't matter if an applicant is attempting to get approved for Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability benefits or Social Security retirement benefits - we all know that when it comes to the federal government, hardly anything is easy. But one question that leads to confusion can be addressed squarely: Are Social Security Disability benefits something that most people refer to as "welfare"?

In short, the answer to this question is a resounding "No." When people think of "welfare," they probably think of financial benefits that are handed out by the government to people in need - regardless of those individuals' work history, ability to work or ability to pay taxes. When it comes to Social Security Disability benefits, there is no "hand out." Los Angeles residents who receive SSD benefits do so because they have paid into the system that funds those benefits over the course of a working and income-earning life. The funds in the SSD benefit trust belong to these workers - they are not "welfare."

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