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What happens if my disability claim comes back denied?

When you are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition or illness, you know how difficult it can be to simply support yourself and your Ohio family financially. While you may know that you could be eligible for financial support through Social Security Disability benefits, you may not know how to actually go about securing that support.

One of the most frustrating aspects of the disability claims process is the fact that many claims come back denied. In fact, most initial applications are not successful. A denied claim, while frustrating, is not the end of the road. You actually have the right to appeal and request reconsideration of your claim.

Arthritis: A real reason to seek disability benefits

When you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, it can have a devastating financial impact on you and your family. Disabled individuals in Ohio have the right to seek benefits through the Social Security Administration, but in some cases, it can be quite difficult to actually secure this financial support for illnesses that are unseen or have few physical, visible symptoms.

Arthritis is a medical condition that can have debilitating effects on a person, yet others may not notice or appreciate the serious implications of this disease. Due to the fact that your arthritis is serious enough to prevent you from working and participating in normal, everyday activities, you may find it beneficial to find out how you can seek Social Security Disability benefits.

Increase your chances of approval when filing an SSD claim

Millions of people in Ohio and the rest of the United States suffer physical or mental illnesses and injuries that prevent them from working. Perhaps you're one of many who will file an SSD claim for benefits in the near future. Sadly, the Social Security Administration denies many such claims. Some, however, finally get the benefits they need after going through an often-lengthy appeals process or, in certain situations, litigation.

Studies show that in recent years, only about one fourth of those who file SSD claims collect benefits on their initial claims. Another two percent receive benefits after filing appeals, and more than 10 percent have to request hearings before they get the benefits they need.

Are you eligible for benefits?

If you've never suffered a disability rendering you unable to work, you might be surprised to learn just how complicated the system can be now that you have a legitimate need to request benefits. The Social Security Administration oversees two of the federal government's largest programs aimed at providing financial assistance to those with disabilities. No matter which program in which you're enrolled, however, there are certain eligibility requirements you must meet before you can get the financial help you need.

take my word for it. no, really.

When I meet with a new client in my office, I always send them home with a blank calendar. I ask them to keep track of all of their medical appointments and as time passes to keep me updated by mailing in their completed calendars. Additionally, for most clients, I ask that they use their calendars to track their most extreme symptoms, and to share this information with their doctors at every visit.  I tell them, "These calendars could be very important to your case, take my word for it!"

Is The Government Processing SSD Claims More Quickly?

Nearly seven percent of all claims filed for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits were, in 2015, fast-tracked. As detailed in a recent report on the business website Benzinga, more than 180,000 claims were expedited via the Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances (CAL) provision. That's an increase from the roughly 175,000 claims expedited via CAL in 2014.

Fortunately, the trend seems likely to continue.

Proactive Claim Documentation: Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is a chronic and potentially debilitating neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. The disorder is characterized by an intense urge to sleep during the daytime, and is often accompanied by disturbed night-time sleep. Narcolepsy may also involve unpredictable attacks of cataplexy, a sudden loss of muscle tone which in its most severe form may cause an individual to physically collapse. For individuals who suffer from narcolepsy, symptoms of extreme daytime fatigue and the need for frequent daytime napping may make it impossible to sustain a predictable daily routine, let alone maintain a regular work schedule.

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