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Supplemental Security Income and children

Any of our readers who are familiar with previous posts here probably know that in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits a person usually needs to have a history of employment. That is not the case for Supplemental Security Income. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, as it is more commonly referred to, can be awarded to a person who does not have a significant employment history. That is why children can qualify for SSI benefits, but only disabled or blind children. So, how does the SSI program work for children?

Navigating the SSA's Listing of Impairments

Most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are not doctors or lawyers. They don't know and have never asked what certain medical or legal terms are - not until they find themselves unable to work due to a debilitating illness and they need to apply for SSD benefits just to make ends meet.

Social Security Administration's digital government strategy

Many Los Angeles residents, and Americans in general, would probably agree that "efficiency" is not exactly the first word that comes to mind when describing the federal government. Some of our readers have had contact with the federal government by applying for Social Security Disability benefits. That process can be long and full of back-and-forth between the applicant and the Social Security Administration regarding documentation of the medical condition. However, the SSA, as part of the federal government, is included in an initiative to make government processes faster: the Digital Government Strategy.

Compassionate allowances and SSD benefits

Many of our Los Angeles readers probably know that Social Security Disability benefits for illnesses can be awarded to an applicant even if their illness isn't expected to lead to death. If an illness causes long-term disability, that is usually enough to get approved to receive SSD benefits. However, some of our readers may not know that there are certain illnesses and diseases that can result in an application being approved faster than others. Individuals suffering from some of these particular diseases and illnesses are approved for SSD benefits under the "Compassionate Allowances" part of the Social Security Disability program.

How can life changes impact Supplemental Security Income?

There are people of all ages who receive Supplemental Security Income. One of the requirements to receive SSI benefits is to meet an income threshold - if a person earns more than the income threshold, they won't receive SSI benefits. This is different from Social Security Disability, which can be awarded to a person regardless of their collective wealth, as long as the person has a disability that will keep them from working for a year or longer.

You have lost wages due to an injury - can you get SSD benefits?

There are a lot of dangerous occupations in America. Construction work is usually identified as the most dangerous, although many industrial jobs are just as dangerous. When a California resident suffers a work-related injury, that person may be left unable to work for a significant amount of time. How can a person make up for those lost wages?

Can suffering from schizophrenia be considered a disability?

People can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits for illnesses of all kinds. Physical illnesses can be described in detail in an application for SSD benefits, and they can be accompanied by photographs of the disabilities that they cause. But what if the illness is not physical, but mental? The mental impairment known as schizophrenia has been in the news quite a bit lately, but can suffering from schizophrenia be considered a disability?

How a brain injury can lead to applying for SSD benefits

There are all kinds of injuries that can leave a Los Angeles resident with a complete inability to work. Many people will actually suffer from a work-related injury, which will usually leave them with worker's compensation benefits in addition to potentially applying for Social Security Disability benefits for the injury. Other people will become disabled due to an accident-related injury that occurs in other circumstances. For people in this situation, being left unable to work may lead to reliance solely on SSD benefits.

Life after becoming disabled

Our regular readers in Los Angeles know from previous posts here that there is a wide range of medical conditions that could get a person qualified to receive Social Security Disability benefits. The disability could be physical or mental - as long as the condition is expected to keep the person out of the workforce for a year or more, getting approved for SSD benefits could be a possibility. But what about life after becoming disabled?

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