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SSI disability benefits for children

Parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere often face the normal ups and downs with raising a child. While some parents might find it more difficult to meet the needs and requirements of their children, parents raising a child with disabilities often face additional emotional, mental and financial challenges. In these circumstances, parents could consider how Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, could assist them with the care and well-being of their child with a disability.

SSI for children works similar to the SSI disability program for adults; there are some differences with definitions and eligibility, however. Whether a child was born with a disability or acquired a disability due to an injury or illness during childhood, if the child is neither married nor the head of a household, they qualify for SSI if they are under the age of 18 or are under the age of 22 and are a student that regularly attends school.

Does my blood disorder qualify me for SSDI benefits?

Certain illnesses may qualify a Philadelphia resident for eligibility to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). However, this post should not be read as either medical or legal advice, should not be used to diagnose or treat a potential medical ailment, or should not be understood to provide specific legal guidance. An individual's doctor can help him formulate the proper diagnosis for his medical condition and his Social Security disability attorney can support him as he pursues benefits from the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Administration recognizes a host of both cancerous and non-cancerous blood illnesses when determining if a person should receive SSDI benefits. Diseases and disorders that may make a person eligible for SSDI benefits include but are not limited to: hemolytic anemia, thrombosis, bone marrow issues, lymphoma, and leukemia.

How do SSI benefits differ from SSDI benefits?

When Philadelphia residents are in need of serious help, it often pays to get assistance from multiple places. This is certainly the case when a person is struggling with his or her finances because of an illness, injury or other condition.

While there are different kinds of benefits that may be available to individuals in need of help, the different benefits are treated differently under the law. For example, last week, this blog discussed the differing tax consequences between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability benefits.

Will SSI or SSDI benefits be taxed?

Tax season is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many Philadelphia residents. It can be stressful and emotionally draining to prepare a tax return, particularly when unique circumstances are present. One such unique circumstance comes when individuals over the age of 65 receive Social Security payments, including Social Security disability benefits.

Many individuals question whether their disability benefits are taxable. The answer depends on different factors, including the nature of the benefits received. Government-provided disability benefits are tax-free for many. This includes benefits received under the Supplemental Security Income program.

Do you have an advocate on your side to get disability benefits?

Time is money, as the saying goes. For Philadelphia residents in need of Social Security disability benefits, this principle can represent more than a catchy saying. Indeed, the sooner the person is approved for disability benefits, the sooner he or she will begin receiving the financial assistance the person so desperately needs.

Last week, this blog discussed how the process of applying for SSD benefits can take some time to accomplish. Individuals have to comply with the necessary requirements for submitting their application for benefits. As part of their application, individuals need to submit the documentation that will help them be approved for benefits, including any medical records or other medical evidence that will demonstrate to the Social Security Administration why the person is disabled and in need of benefits.

How long does it take before disability benefits are approved?

When Philadelphia residents are facing difficult circumstances, it is vital that they receive the assistance they need as soon as possible. Each day, week and month without that assistance can make the situation even worse.

This is certainly true when it comes to Social Security disability benefits. Disability benefits can provide a much-needed financial lifeline after a person becomes unable to work due to an illness or injury. However, it can take some time before disability benefits are approved by the Social Security Administration, and it is often important for applicants to shorten that time period as much as possible in order for them to receive the benefits.

Disability benefits expedited for early onset Alzheimer's

Most Philadelphia residents enjoy remembering the good times they have had with family and friends over the years. Individuals often have fond memories of their childhood, or of a longstanding relationship with a loved one. Unfortunately, however, many individuals suffer from different kinds of mental illness that can cause memory impairment.

Last week, for example, this blog discussed the effects of Alzheimer's Disease, in light of the recent death of basketball coach Pat Summitt. Summitt passed away after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

SSDI benefits available for those with early onset Alzheimer's

One of the sporting world's modern legends, Tennessee women's basketball head coach Pat Summitt, recently passed away. Summitt, who had the most wins in NCAA history, died after a public battle with Alzheimer's disease. She had announced her diagnoses in 2011, and her battle has brought to light new issues faced by Philadelphia residents and others around the country.

About 5 million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease, while another 200,000 under 65 have early onset Alzheimer's. The disease is a serious mental disorder that can not only pose significant problems with a person's physical and mental abilities, but, by extension, his or her ability to continue working as well.

Preparing your claim for disability benefits

An injury can be devastating to a Philadelphia resident. Not only can an injury rob a person of his independence, it can also prevent him from holding down a paying job. A person's inability to earn an income can put him and his family in a difficult financial state of affairs.

If an injured individual qualifies, however, he may be able to secure disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. The process of applying for disability benefits can be complex, though, and it is not uncommon for the agency to deny an individual's claim for financial benefits.

Different disability benefit options for disability sufferers

Social Security disability benefits are an important resource for a number of disabled individuals. Because of the importance of disability benefits for disabled individuals and for many of their families, it is helpful to be aware of the different options available depending on the disabled individual's situation. There are generally two options that may be available through the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disabled individuals, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

In general, SSDI is available to disabled individuals who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death. In addition, SSDI benefits are based on work history and taxable income paid into Social Security. A variety of parties may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits including disabled or blind workers, their children, widowers and adults disabled since childhood. Alternately, SSI benefits are not based on work history and may be available to disabled individuals in different situations.

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