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SSD benefits could help people who are suffering from MS or lupus

Lupus and multiple sclerosis are two autoimmune diseases that the medical community is still trying to understand. The effect of these diseases can be different for each Californian, but the process seems to be the same: the body's immune system actually attacks tissue within the person's body.

An overview of spine injuries

Millions of Americans suffer injuries in a wide variety of circumstances every year. Some are more serious than others. Spine injuries can leave a person permanently disabled and unable to work. In this type of situation, the injured person may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Work-related injuries in the oil and gas industry

Many of our readers know that the oil and gas industry plays a large role in the California economy. This is especially true in the areas surrounding Los Angeles. Unfortunately, these workers may be facing more risk of a work-related injury than workers in other capacities.

SSA news set to play a big part in presidential campaigns

Most people in Los Angeles probably do their best to attempt to stay up to date on the most recent news developments throughout the country. For some, this means catching the six o'clock news on television every night. For others, a smartphone with a news app is all they need. Regardless of how they get the latest news, most of our readers have probably seen one major story developing: the beginning of the race to the presidential election in 2016.

Can you apply for SSD benefits online?

Most of our Los Angeles readers know that these days we can do just about anything online. From online shopping to research to entertainment, the Internet has changed the way society operates. The state and federal governments have also been utilizing the latest online technology. In fact, many of our readers who suffer from a disability may be wondering, "Can I apply for Social Security disability benefits online?"

How are SSI benefits calculated?

Many of our Los Angeles readers already know that Supplemental Security Income is oftentimes available to disabled children, certain individuals over the age of 65 and some people who suffer from blindness. Slowly but surely, the general public is becoming more educated about the Social Security programs that provide benefits to millions of Americans every year. However, there is one thing that many people may not know: How are SSI benefits calculated?

Intellectual disability and SSI benefits

Some of our Los Angeles readers may be unfamiliar with the term "intellectual disability." This is understandable, because in today's society there are so many medical conditions that get the public's attention that it is hard to keep them all straight. Intellectual disability refers to a condition that was, in years past, referred to as "mental retardation."

Reconsideration for SSD benefits

Many of our Los Angeles readers have probably heard quite a few stories about the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits. One such story may sound worse than all the others: that the majority of applications for SSD benefits are denied. The Social Security Administration oversees a rigorous application process for benefits, and, unfortunately, this story is true. But that isn't the end of the story.

What is "residual functional capacity"?

For a Los Angeles resident who is just beginning to look into the possibility of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, the whole process can seem daunting. Just the sheer amount of information that is sometimes needed to make an application complete and strong enough to show all of the evidence of a disability can be a bit off-putting. On top of this, many of the terms involved can seem like technical, legal jargon. For instance, what is "residual functional capacity"?

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