Many people become disabled before reaching retirement age and are unable to work. If this has happened to you, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Before you can apply for benefits, you must make sure you meet the earnings requirement. Generally, this means you must have worked a certain number of years based on the age when you become disabled. For example, if you are 46-years-old, you must have worked for approximately six years to qualify.
The recent passing of legendary comedian, actor, singer, producer and director Jerry Lewis left many throughout the United States in mourning. But, it also created a renewed interest in one of Lewis's passions, working to fundraise for muscular dystrophy research. Many consider Lewis as much a humanitarian as an entertainer, based on his continued efforts to address the disease.
Researchers believe that as many as 2.3 million people throughout the world are affected by multiple sclerosis. The disease targets the human nervous system and can cause a myriad of different symptoms that make it difficult for a victim to lead a normal lifestyle.
Statistics show that as many as two-thirds of all people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are initially denied. While in many cases this is due to oversights or errors by the person who submits an application, in other instances the applicant is not aware of the qualifications or simply did not prove that their disability qualifies.
Even New Yorkers who have never needed to apply for disability themselves may know from news reports that the wait period for a disability appeal has been getting longer and longer over the recent years.
It is not a secret to many Schenectady, New York, residents that the process of getting Social Security Disability benefits can take a long time, as the Social Security Administration's backlog of cases is notoriously large. This means that New York residents often have to wait for months or even years in order to appeal their denial of benefits to an administrative law judge. Particularly for those who need these benefits because they are out of work and no longer have a livelihood, this wait can be very frustrating.
A previous post on this blog mentioned that a Schenectady, New York, resident who gets injured at work may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits by filing an application with the Social Security Administration. These benefits may be an important component of a New Yorker's overall plan to maintain financial stability following an accident.
A Schenectady, New York, worker who gets hurt, whether on the job or otherwise, is going to need some financial help replacing his or her lost income, especially if he or she has suffered an injury that will leave him or her out of the workforce permanently.
As mentioned previously on this blog, the federal regulations regarding Social Security Disability benefits have recently undergone changes. It may seem to many that as soon as they understood the process and had their papers in order, the process has changed and they no longer know whether they will qualify for benefits anymore.
The Social Security Administration administers the disability benefits to those individuals who have a medical condition that would prohibit them from working for more than a year or would result in death. One must prove their eligibility in the program and those requirements are guided by federal regulations that also stipulate the type of evidence that can be provided and how much weight will be given to the evidence.