There have been many areas of uncertainty with regards to the government following President Trump's inauguration. Whether or not you like him, the fact remains that he brings with him a completely new set of questions. These are undeniably uncharted territories for the United States, its people, and its politicians, and as his presidency enters its first 100 days, many are starting to get an idea how his presidency may turn out.
Being healthy and at a healthy age, many young individuals in California and elsewhere do not consider the possibility of suffering a debilitating injury or illness. Nonetheless, such a situation could occur to even the younger working generation, making it important that millennials understand their rights to Social Security disability and how the current status of the government program could present issues if he or she is attempting to obtain these benefits.
When Los Angeles residents are approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits upon their initial application, they probably consider themselves lucky. Lucky in the sense that many people know that the majority of initial applications are rejected: somewhere in the 60 percent range. And, lucky that they don't then have to go through the process of appealing the initial rejection - especially since the appeals process is bogging down throughout the country.
Anyone who is familiar with previous posts here knows that there is quite a bit of work to be done when Los Angeles residents find themselves in a position where they need to file for Social Security Disability benefits. The initial application for SSD benefits requires copious amounts of information, including information about the disability in question, how the disability affects the applicant's life, how the disability prevents the applicant for working and documentation that shows that the applicant has earned the requisite amount of work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Putting all of that information together can be time-consuming and mentally exhausting, but once everything is put together the application can be submitted for review. But, what then?
Our nation recently celebrated Veterans Day, a holiday that commemorates the sacrifices that so many of our fellow Americans make so that the rest of us can enjoy our freedoms. But, with the war-torn years that have followed in the wake of 9/11, our country has more wounded veterans than it has had in many years. While the Veterans Administration is in place to help all members of military service, including those who have suffered injuries and illnesses due to their service, most of our readers have seen the news headlines about the challenges that particular agency has been facing over the last several years.
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.
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"?
If there are two things that are consistent in the debate about Social Security in this country they are that one group believes that Social Security should be changed, while the other believes it should stay the same. But what about incremental changes? Will they help or hurt Los Angeles residents who have submitted an application to receive Social Security Disability benefits?
Any of our Los Angeles readers who are familiar with previous posts here know that there can be quite a few complications and challenges to overcome when applying for Social Security disability benefits. For starters, the application process can involve the need to provide voluminous amounts of information regarding the applicant's medical condition and work history. Beyond that, the Social Security Administration may even require more information than the applicant provides in the initial application, necessitating frequent back-and-forth between the applicant and the SSA. But, as a recent article noted, perhaps the biggest problem is the lack of staff to process applications at the Social Security Administration.
Younger workers in Los Angeles are usually only worried about keeping their job and advancing up the ladder of responsibility in the workplace. They typically do not think about whether or not they may at some point be the victim of some sudden injury or illness that prevents them from being able to work at all. As a result, young workers who have the misfortune of actually ending up in this type of situation may be asking themselves: Can I apply for Social Security disability benefits?