Individuals who live with a mental or physical disability often have difficulty finding employment. For some, their physical condition may prevent them from standing for long periods of time or lifting objects over a certain weight. For others, a mental condition may cloud their ability to think and make decisions and even make getting out of bed difficult on some days.
When it comes to disabilities, nothing is clear-cut or simple. For an individual living with chronic depression, one day they may feel fine and the next be nearly incapable of functioning. Thankfully, many disabled Americans who are unable to work or only work part-time as a result of their condition qualify for federal assistance in the form of social security disability benefits.
The application and benefits determination process for those attempting to quality for SSDI benefits can be long and arduous. In some cases, individuals who should by all accounts have no problem qualifying for disability benefits are denied such benefits. In these cases, these individuals must go through an appeals process which further draws out an already lengthy process.
As with many government subsidized programs, there are a myriad of problems impacting the Social Security Administration related to how they administer and manage disability benefits. From how they determine who qualifies for such benefits to income restrictions, the agency’s attempts to regulate who is and is not eligible for disability benefits often excludes those individuals most in need from receiving any benefits.
A social security disability attorney can help disabled individuals sort through the red tape when attempting to obtain disability benefits. A legal professional can be an invaluable resource for individuals attempting to both apply for disability benefits and appeal denial of such claims.
Source: Deseret News, “The awkward cashier: How federal disability policy mangles its mission,” Eric Schulzke, March 10, 2013