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Can you work and get SSDI benefits?

If you suffer from some sort of debilitating injury, chances are that you may have to stop working for a time. For some people, recovering from an injury is possible and they can return to work quickly. However, for others, an injury is so severe that they are disabled for much longer. When a person is disabled for more than a year, the person may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Qualifying for SSD benefits for an injury can be difficult, and may require legal help. While this post cannot provide specific legal advice, an attorney can help people understand the sometimes complex SSD rules. For many people, one aspect of the SSDI rules that they question is whether or not they can work at all while receiving SSD benefits.

Limited income, resources and SSI

When a person suffers from a permanent disability, there can be a lot of expenses for that person and the person's family. There are medical costs, educational costs, transportation and housing costs all of which can add up, especially if the person is unable to work. In these cases, a person may qualify for supplemental security income from the Social Security Administration.

However, according to the SSA, only those people with limited resources and limited income qualify for SSI. This means that if people have more than a certain amount of assets, then they will not be able to qualify for SSI and may not have access to certain government benefits. For children or individuals the asset limit is $2,000 worth of assets and for couples, the asset limit is $3,000.

ABLE Act helps those on SSI

When a person qualifies for supplemental security income, that person is generally unable to work because of some disability. This disability might impede the person's ability to get or hold a job. In many cases, these individuals might rely on SSI and their family in order to pay for their basic needs -- like housing, food or clothing.

In order to qualify for SSI people not only need to be disabled, they need to be low income. This means there are limits to the amount of income these individuals can earn and the number of assets they can legally have.

We can help you understand your right to SSI

Disabilities do not discriminate. Anyone can fall victim to a serious illness or disability that keeps the person from being able to earn a living. However, everyone still has expenses that need to be paid. People need housing, food, clothing and medical care. In today's society none of these things come cheap in Pennsylvania.

Thankfully the Social Security system has been created to help disabled individuals make ends meet even when they are not able to work. However, the system is complicated. It is subdivided into many programs including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Each program only gives benefits to the people who have qualify for the program.

How long do people need to be disabled for disability benefits?

As many people understand, an injury or ailment can last for a long time or for a short time. Sometimes illnesses come and go quickly, and others can affect a person for the rest of the person's life. While many people may hope that a particular issue is solved quickly, the Social Security Administration has set strict time lines when it comes to qualifying for Social Security disability benefits. Many may wonder, how long does a particular issue need to last in order to qualify for SSDI benefits?

As the SSA explains, a person can only qualify for SSDI benefits if they have an ailment that keeps them from working. Specifically, the illness -- either physical or mental -- must keep people from performing substantial gainful activity. However, beyond this, the person's absence from work must be expected to last at least 12 months. Or, the ailment must be expected to result in the person's death.

Levels of SSI appeal

For certain individuals Supplemental Security Income is very important. When people are unable to work because of a disability, SSI can help to provide some much needed income. In particular, disabled children, the blind and disabled individuals can benefits from the program even when they do not have significant employment histories. Sometimes this income is absolutely vital for these individuals.

However, this income is not automatic. An application must be filed and approved by the Social Security Administration in order for people to receive SSI benefits. In many cases, these benefits are denied and an appeal is required. Pennsylvania residents should have a basic understanding of the four levels of appeal in SSI cases.

When can you qualify for SSDI for heart disease?

Many Americans are no stranger to heart disease. Many people are afflicted with the ailment or know someone who is. Often heart issues can be so serious that they require significant medical intervention and therapy. The condition can also keep people from work. In these cases, people may wonder if they can qualify for financial assistance from Social Security as a result of their cardiovascular problems.

According to the Social Security Administration, a heart condition -- including a heart attack -- can be enough for someone to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, in order to be eligible for benefits, people must have specific cardiovascular impairments and have enough evidence of the issue.

We can help those suffering from mental conditions

Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes. People suffering from disabilities often need specialized care in order to best treat their condition. In some situations, SSI or SSDI can help those individuals with the financial aspects of their disability. However, like their medical care, people often need specialized help in order to get the benefits they need.

In particular, those suffering from mental disorders or qualifying mental conditions may need extra help understanding the benefits they are entitled to and applying for those benefits. Disability benefits can help those with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and more have the financial resources they need to cover their living expenses.

Families receive reimbursement for stolen SSDI payments

Every Pennsylvania resident faces unique challenges. In some cases, people are able to overcome these challenges without help. However, in many cases, people rely on others to help them through difficult situations. When Pennsylvanians struggle with mental illness or other mental disorders that make it hard for them live independently or work to earn a living, there are many social programs designed to help. These social programs include Social Security Disability Income.

If a person qualifies for SSDI, the person can submit a filing for disability benefits to help fill the financial gaps caused by their condition. In some cases, a third party can be employed to manage these benefits. These people often step in as a legal guardian to protect the person in need.

Documents necessary for SSI applications

Supplement Security Income is an important program in the United States. It helps disabled adults, disabled children and certain seniors meet their financial needs. However, the program is not open to everyone and requires an extensive application in order to be approved. As part of this application, people need a series of documents in order to be approved. Without the right documentation, the Social Security Administration may deny a person's SSI application.

According to the Social Security Administration, a person needs a social security number -- or card -- in order to apply for SSI benefits. If a person does not have a social security number, then the person will need to apply for one before applying for SSI benefits.

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