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Can veterans receiving VA benefits qualify for SSD benefits?

The men and women who make up our country's military forces can, unfortunately, suffer a variety of mental conditions that stem from serving our nation. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is frequently a problem for veterans, making it difficult for them to return to their normal life or even maintain a job. When a veteran suffers from PTSD, that veteran likely seeks veterans benefits. However, this might not be enough to meet the veteran's basic financial needs. Therefore, a veteran might seek additional assistance through the Social Security Administration, or SSA.

Can veterans receiving VA benefits qualify for Social Security Disability benefits? According to the SSA, the Department of Veteran's Affairs has a separate disability program from the SSA. Therefore, it is possible to seek disability benefits from both the VA and SSA.

Seeking SSD benefits for mental conditions

Being involved in a serious accident is a traumatic and life impacting event. In most cases, a victim suffers major physical injuries. While it is clear that medical intervention is required to help the victim recover and heal from injuries, what about the injuries that cannot be seen? A major accident, no matter the type or cause, could greatly impact the victim's emotional and mental health as well. The gravity of this impact can be hard to measure, but could result in severe anxiety, depression and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Such a circumstance could make it difficult or even impossible for victims to return to normal life, even after they have healed from the physical injuries.

At our law firm, we understand the tremendous amount of stress an accident victim undergoes, making it a difficult situation to fully recover from. We are devoted to fighting for and protecting the rights of those suffering from disabling mental conditions. Social Security Disability, or SSD, is available to those who are unable to work due to qualifying impairments.

What kind of questions might I be asked at my SSD hearing?

Our federal government has created programs over the years aimed at helping those who have suffered an injury or a loss to get back on their feet. One of these programs is Social Security Disability. The program's goal is to help supplement the income of workers who have been injured and who are unable to work. This isn't something that is automatically granted when a Charleston worker suffers an injury, however.

Social Security Disability benefits are something that needs to be requested by the injured worker. When requesting SSD benefits there is often a hearing in which the injured person makes a claim as to why approving SSD benefits is appropriate it their situation. It is always important to tell the whole story and not to exaggerate the story, seemingly for your own benefit. Misrepresentation of facts or symptoms could derail the entire process.

SSD beneficiaries using programs to gain employment

When West Virginia residents suffer an injury on-the-job or in an accident, the main concern is likely undergoing the proper medical treatment to recovery from the injury. Typically, minor injuries do not require much downtime to recover from, while others involve a lengthy recovery process. When an individual suffers a serious injury, the likelihood of temporary or permanent disabled is high. Moreover, the disability suffered will make it challenging to work for an extended period of time.

For those dealing with a disability that resulted from an injury in an accident, Social Security Disability, or SSD, benefits can be a life changer. However, for individuals currently receiving SSD benefits, it should be understood that there are available programs that could help recipients return to work. While disabilities likely constrain or limit a person's ability to work, the program entitled "Your Ticket to Work" seeks to provide beneficiaries the services they need to return to work or earn more money.

What is a redetermination for Supplemental Security Income?

When a disability due to an injury or an illness makes it difficult to earn a decent income or remain employed, it can be challenging for an individual to meet basic living needs. The inability to work full time or at all can be financially straining, causing West Virginia residents to seek out resources to address these financial problems. For most, the Social Security Administration has options available; however, even when an individual is provided aid through programs such as Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, that person must prove that the financial resource is still required.

What is a redetermination for Supplemental Security Income? A redetermination is the process to ensure a recipient who is currently receiving SSI is still eligible. The process of redetermination looks at the factors in the individual's life, which includes income, available resources and current living arrangement.

Aging adults assigning a representative payee for SSI benefits

The one sure thing in life is that everyone ages. And, as residents in West Virginia get older, they might have a growing concern for injuries and illnesses. While an injury or illness could be upsetting and impact an individual's life for an extended period of time, others could face a disability due to a serious injury or illness. Moreover, the possibility of suffering a disabling injury or illness increases as a person ages, making it essential for individuals and their loved ones to understand the available Social Security benefits.

Today, it is not uncommon for adult children to take care of aging parents when they are dealing with a disabling injury or illness. In these matters, it is likely that the parent might already be receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income. Whether an aging parent needs help applying for these benefits or making major life decisions, an adult child might take the initiative to help and support the parent. When this occurs, they might want to become a representative payee.

Social Security benefits for released inmates

When West Virginia residents suffer from a permanent or long-term disability, they will likely endure financial hardships because of the inability to work. While Social Security Disability, or SSD, is able to provide benefits to some individuals suffering because of their disability, Social Security Disability benefits could be suspended or terminated in some circumstances. One of those instances is when a recipient is incarcerated.

According to the Social Security Administration, SSD benefits and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI benefits, are suspended when recipients are confined to jail or prison. For those receiving SSD benefits, those benefits will remain suspended until an inmate is released. In these cases, an inmate can resume disability benefits without much delay.

What mental health conditions are covered by SSD?

Whether one is born with a disability or acquires one due to an injury or an illness, living with a disability can be very challenging. While some mental illnesses do not impact an individual to the level of impairment, others can be very debilitating. Therefore, it is important to assess what options are available to those suffering from mental illnesses and are unable to work because of it.

In most cases, the inability to work caused by a disability could be supplemented by Social Security disability or SSD benefits. These benefits provide the financial assistance for those unable to meet their basic needs due to their impairment. However, in order to be successful with a disability claim, an applicant needs to prove that they are suffering from a mental impairment that is covered by SSD.

Guiding workers through the SSD for illnesses process

Residents in West Virginia need to work to make a living; however, some workers face work-related dangers that come with the industry they work in. While measures are taken to reduce the hazards employees encounter in the work environment, employees unfortunately can develop illnesses related to their employment.

At Bailey Javins & Carter, L.C., we understand how a disease or illness acquired from the workplace could have a huge impact on workers in West Virginia. Therefore, our legal team is devoted to helping residents unable to work due to illnesses understand the rights afforded to them. Even when it is apparent that an applicant is eligible for Social Security disability benefits, applicants can still face several challenges and obstacles in the application process.

Helping you recover SSD benefits following a disabling injury

At Bailey Javins & Carter, LC, we understand the effects a disabling injury can have on the life of an accident victim and their loved ones. An injury not only causes the individual to suffer physically, emotionally and mentally, but it also generates financial burdens as well. The inability to work due to an injury can make it challenging to meet basic financial needs.

Social Security Disability, or SSD, benefits are a great way to fill these financial gaps, and our legal team is devoted to helping clients obtain the benefits rightfully owed to them. In order for an applicant to be successful with their claim, he or she will need medical documentation that evidences their impairment or disability. Our experienced attorneys have the skills and resources required to compile the information necessary to file a claim for disability benefits.

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