For individuals who suffer from some sort of disability, life can be challenging. Oftentimes, their conditions or illnesses prevent these individuals from being able to work. Thankfully, the majority of individuals who are disabled qualify under the terms established by the Social Security Administration and thereby are able to receive social security disability benefits. The process of applying for and keeping disability benefits, however, can be confusing and frustrating.
One man knows all too well how difficult it can be to navigate the SSD benefits system. Involved in a motorcycle accident in 1999, the man suffered severe brain damage which required him to undergo extensive brain surgeries. To prevent further swelling and damage, surgeons were eventually forced to remove a portion of the man’s brain and skull. As a result, the man was left unable to talk, walk or read.
Thankfully, he was able to relearn some basic skills, but he is still unable to read and becomes confused by seemingly simple everyday tasks. Despite having documentation from his doctor stating it would be very difficult for the man to work, he attempted to do so. He began working as a bartender, but quickly became overwhelmed and was forced to quit. As a result of the undue stress he put himself under, the man suffered a seizure shortly after leaving his bartending job.
Since coming to terms with the fact that he is not able to work, the man has applied for SSD benefits. He has, however, encountered difficulty with securing long-term permanent disability benefits as SSA officials ruled he was fit to go back to work. He continues to fight to secure permanent SSD benefits through the appeals process.
This story highlights some of the deficiencies of the SSD system. Disabled individuals who find themselves in a similar situation would be wise to seek the advice and assistance of a skilled legal professional who is experienced in helping individuals secure disability benefits.
Source: Disability News, “Many Disability Claimants are Pushed to the Brink by the ‘Faceless’ Benefits System,” Samantha, Jan. 1, 2013