No one wants to get sick, to have an accident, to become disabled. But sometimes life happens, and if you become disabled and your disability keeps you from being able to work, you should think about the beginning the process of filing for disability with Social Security.
BACK OR NECK PAIN AND YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CASE
Sometimes, the Social Security Disability Administration will try to cut your benefits under a "Continuing Disability Review," or "CDR." If this happens, all is far from lost. You can elect to fight a decision to cut your benefits. You can also elect to keep getting benefits while the administration conducts its review-but act fast, because you only have a few days to file for continuing benefits after your notice of termination. You will have to decide whether to collect benefits during the review, because if you lose your appeal, you will owe back all benefits you received during the process of review.
Becoming injured at work can be a heartbreaking thing to have to go through, since not only can it affect your health and well-being, but it can affect every aspect of your life. An injury at work can, unfortunately, result in financial difficulties stemming from extensive medical bills, lost wages due to taking unpaid leave, and an inability to return to work if a permanent disability is a consequence of the initial injury.
The Social Security Administration or Law Judge must determine whether you are able to perform any gainful employment-not just the job you are trained for. How you get through your day-the tasks and errands you can do for yourself, and those you can't-are an important part of your case. Can you fix your own meals? Do your own laundry and clean your house? Do you travel to buy groceries, or to spend time socializing with friends or other groups of people? All these questions, and more, are part of the case you will present to the judge.
But what does it mean to be disabled? It's not enough that your doctor has stated you are disabled -- you must prove with medical evidence and your own statements that you cannot do "substantial gainful activity."
What happens after you file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits and you are not immediately granted the benefits you deserve based on your doctor's reports?