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Can SSD benefits be cut off?

Many people living in California receive Social Security disability benefits. In most cases, these individuals rely on that income to pay for basic living expenses. As a result, benefit recipients are often concerned about the possibility that their benefits could be cut off.

Your disability benefits: How long does it take?

You can't return to your job. The injury you suffered left you with a permanent disability that means you will never work again. In many ways, it feels like the end, and you're scrambling around trying to figure out what next steps to take. You still have a long life ahead of you and you must know how to make ends meet.

Social networks may play a larger role in receiving SSD benefits

Some individuals in California have seen the way social networks can impact their life at school or work in a negative way. It may be surprising to some that what they post on Facebook and Instagram may soon affect their Social Security disability claim. In the budget for 2020 that was released by the Social Security Administration, more money would be used to examine social networks as a way to see if an applicant meets the criteria for disability benefits.

Medical vocational allowance could enable SSDI for MS patients

Multiple sclerosis affects many people in California. This neurological disease has no cure, and the symptoms typically worsen over time. Eventually, a person with MS will experience debilitating symptoms that interfere with motor function, mental function and vision as well as extreme fatigue. The Social Security Administration specifically recognizes MS as a disabling disease for the purposes of granting disability benefits as long as an applicant meets explicit criteria. Because of the progressive nature of the disease, a person might fall short of meeting enough requirements, but the medical vocational allowance offers a chance to collect benefits if the person can no longer work for a living.

The importance of listing every medical condition

California residents who are planning on filing for Social Security Disability benefits are advised to list all of their conditions when applying. This is because it is easier to have a claim approved on the basis of multiple conditions as opposed to just one. The more impairments that a person can claim, the more likely it is that an examiner will determine that an individual is unable to work now or in the future.

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