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What to know about receiving disability benefits

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California residents may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits even if their mental or physical disability may substantially improve in the future. However, they will need to show that they are totally disabled to receive benefits. This means that an individual cannot obtain employment that will allow him or her to make more than the substantial gainful activity amount for at least one year.

As SSD benefits are awarded through a federal program, the standards for obtaining them are the same regardless of where a person files. This is different than the workers’ compensation system that is run at the state level, which means that requirements could be different depending on where a person requests them. After a person has an SSD or SSI application approved, it may be necessary to submit to a continuing disability review.

Benefit recipients may be required to provide evidence that their conditions have not improved every one, three or seven years. Their review dates are determined on the type of condition that they have and the likelihood that they will improve. By providing appropriate medical documentation, SSD recipients may avoid losing their benefits on a temporary or permanent basis.

Individuals who have a mental or physical disability that makes it impossible to work could be entitled to SSD benefits. These benefits may make it easier to pay bills and other living expenses while out of work. In some cases, a person may receive disability benefits on a permanent basis if his or her condition is unlikely to improve. As many claims are initially denied, it might be advisable to have legal assistance at the outset.