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Understanding your residual functional capacity

If you are sick or injured, you may be considering your future, especially if your condition has prevented you from working or is making it increasingly difficult to do your job. Many Ohio workers in similar situations explore the option of applying for disability to help them meet their financial obligations. It is difficult to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, so it may help to understand the requirements of the Social Security Administration.

You may know that the SSA defines a disability as a diagnosed medical condition that prevents you from working for at least one year. Part of concluding if your condition prevents you from working is determining your residual functional capacity.

The potentially disabling effects of a traumatic brain injury

Suffering from a serious head injury can affect your life in many ways, including the ability to work. After a brain injury, many things can change, including cognitive function, memory, physical abilities and much more. In fact, you may find that it is impossible for you to return to work after your accident. 

Many with brain injuries may qualify for disability benefits because they cannot reenter the workforce, even after recovery. A brain injury can make it difficult, if not impossible, for a person to earn a gainful living and support his or her Ohio family. In these situations, it may be possible for that individual to seek benefits and financial support through the Social Security Administration.

Does fibromyalgia keep you from participating in your life?

Not even with all of the medical technology and advancement that has taken place in recent years, researchers and doctors still cannot pin down what causes fibromyalgia. Some believe it stems from an issue involving the brain and pain signals. Others compare it to arthritis even though it does not cause swelling, damage to your joints or redness.

As far as you are concerned, it doesn't matter what causes it. All you know is that your pain and fatigue keep you from participating in life. You find yourself exhausted, unable to remember things and moody. Considering the amount of pain you live with, who can blame you?

Mental disability and your claim for benefits

Ohio readers understand the importance of securing financial support when dealing with medical conditions that affect their ability to work. This includes mental conditions as well. If you are struggling with a disorder that impacts your ability to work and earn a living, you have the right to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Even with a valid disabling medical condition, it can be complex to secure benefits for a mental disability. If you believe you could have a valid claim to this type of financial support, you would be wise to fully understand the requirements and application process. Many individuals find it beneficial to seek support when pursuing disability benefits.

Do you know what you need to apply for disability benefits?

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition or serious injury, you could qualify for financial support from the Social Security Administration. However, actually getting these benefits is not an easy process, and many Ohio applicants find themselves disappointed to learn their application came back denied.

People who believe they may have a valid claim to disability benefits, either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance, may find it beneficial to first learn about eligibility for these benefits and how the application process works. Before you apply, there are certain things you need to prepare and documents you need to gather in order to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Will your SSD application be denied?

As your health continued to deteriorate, you may have found yourself unable to do the tasks you had done in the past. This included your daily household chores, but it may have been more evident at work. If performing your duties, being on your feet or trying to get through the workday without rest became impossible, you may have had no choice but to leave your job. Now you have growing concerns about your continued ability to earn a living.

Applying for Social Security Disability is an option if you have a qualifying medical condition that has resulted in your inability to work for at least 12 months. Because the SSD process from application to payment of benefits can take months -- sometimes years -- you certainly want to avoid any mistakes that could delay or jeopardize your benefits.

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.

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