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How addiction or alcoholism affects SSD benefits applications

There are millions of people in America who struggle with drug addiction and alcoholism, including many people in Los Angeles. Addiction is a powerful force in many people's lives, and for many, it becomes the defining characteristic of who they are. However, the reality is that it seems that addiction and alcoholism can happen to anyone. It can happen to Los Angeles residents who have worked and been successful for years, only to find themselves in a difficult position due to addiction.

When people who suffer from addiction or alcoholism become disabled, how will their applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits be affected? It would be a mistake for our readers to think that addiction and alcoholism do not play a role in the ultimate determination of whether an application for SSD benefits will be approved.

A guide to preparing for the SSD process

The Social Security Disability (SSD) hearing is typically the most stressful segment of the process for those hoping to receive disability income. This is due to the discussion of how much your life has been impacted by your conditions. Luckily, there are some steps you can take prior to entering the hearing that can help you relieve stress and ensure the SSD application process is followed

Children who suffer from cancer may be eligible for SSI benefits

All types of cancer are pervasive in America. Many of our Los Angeles readers probably know a friend or relative who has battled some form of cancer, be it skin cancer, lung cancer or a blood and bone cancer, like leukemia. The people who find themselves in the unfortunate position of trying to treat cancer face the challenge bravely. But, the challenge can be even more overwhelming when the person who is suffering from cancer is a child.

It is heartbreaking to see a child suffer from cancer. The child's family members will do whatever it takes to see that the child gets the necessary treatment. However, for many families, the expense of medical treatment can be financially crippling. And, many people may not realize that children who suffer from cancer may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Replacing income with SSD benefits

Most Los Angeles workers probably do not even think about the fact that some of the deductions that are taken out of their paychecks are contributions to the Social Security Disability (SSD) fund. That is, they probably do not think about it until they find themselves in a position where they need to rely on SSD benefits. For those Los Angeles residents who have earned enough work credits and who have a disability that will keep them from returning to work for at least 12 months, it can be a good idea to apply for these benefits that they are entitled.

In an ideal world, the benefits that are paid out to disabled workers by the Social Security Administration (SSA) would be enough to completely compensate for the lack of an ability to earn an income. Replacing income with SSD benefits when the need arises is one of the goals of the Social Security Disability program. But, in many cases, the benefits that are paid out are not quite enough to match the income that was being earned prior to the onset of the disability. When that is the case, many people will have to make changes.

Are some forms of cancer actually blood diseases?

Many Los Angeles residents may only think about Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in terms of work-related injuries. However, a person may be eligible for SSD benefits, regardless of how a disability arises. In many cases, the disability may arise from a disease that has nothing to do with the person's occupation. Blood diseases, for instance, are a type of illness that may qualify a Los Angeles resident to receive SSD benefits. And, there are many different types of blood diseases.

In fact, some people may wonder -- Do some forms of cancer fall into the category of blood diseases? The short answer, "Yes." Diseases, like leukemia and lymphoma, are cancers that are found in a person's blood and plasma cells. These diseases are not only debilitating, they are potentially deadly as well.

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?

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