Five Mistakes to Avoid in Your Social Security Disability Application

If you are looking to apply for Social Security disability benefits, getting your application right can make the difference between getting the benefits you deserve and getting rejected outright. However, as many as half of all applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are rejected due to avoidable mistakes. Make sure to avoid these five mistakes if you want to maximize the odds of your disability application being accepted:

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VA Begins Offering Free Emergency Care for Suicidal Veterans

As of January 17, 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has begun offering emergency services for veterans suffering from suicidal thoughts. Any suicidal veterans will be able to go to any healthcare facility, whether in the VA network or not, and seek emergency care. This measure will potentially do a great deal to help veterans struggling with mental health issues who are in need of emergency psychological care.

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What Are the Most Common Disabilities Seen Among SSDI/SSI Applicants?

There are many reasons that people might want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, some types of disabilities are far more common than others, making up a larger proportion of the people who seek SSDI and SSI benefits. Here are seven of the most common disability seen among  SSDI and SSI applicants:

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What Evidence Do You Need to Apply For VA Disability Benefits?

When you try to apply for veterans’ disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA), you need to demonstrate that you are qualified to obtain those benefits under the law. This means you need to have the right evidence available to prove your claim. But what kinds of evidence will you need in order to get your claim approved and obtain VA disability benefits?

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How Many Work Credits Do You Need For SSDI?

If you want to be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you need to obtain a sufficient number of “work credits.” Without these credits, it does not matter how severe your disability is, you will not be able to obtain SSDI benefits. But what exactly are these credits, how do you obtain them, and what happens if you do not have enough to qualify for SSDI?

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VA Begins Processing of PACT Act Claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) has begun processing PACT Act claims, beginning with terminally ill veterans. This Act, which was passed on August 10, helps to expand accessibility of VA benefits for veterans affected by burn pits, Agent Orange, and other forms of toxic exposure. As a result, many veterans, including those with terminal illnesses, will be able to receive VA disability benefits they may have been previously denied.

 

What is the PACT Act?

 

The “Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022,” also known simply as the PACT Act for short, is a law that was passed earlier this year to help veterans suffering from the effects of toxic exposure they experienced during their military service. Typically, this involves people who were exposed to burn pits, large open pits where the military burns its garbage, which are known to give off toxic fumes. It also includes those exposed to toxic chemicals like Agent Orange, which is a chemical defoliant used during the Vietnam War that can cause cancer and other serious health problems.

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Five Things to Expect at Your DDS Examination

As part of any application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may need to be examined by Disability Determination Services (DDS). This office conducts medical examinations to determine if someone is indeed disabled to a degree that granting them disability benefits is appropriate. Here are five things you should expect to happen at your DDS examination:

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How Do You Know if Your Disability is Service-Connected?

In order to receive disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (otherwise known as the VA), you need to demonstrate that you have a service-connected disability. If you do not have such a disability, or you cannot show your disability is service-connected, you will not be eligible for VA disability benefits. For many veterans, this is not an issue, but in some cases it can be difficult to connect a disability with your military service.

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Who is Eligible for SSDI Benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that helps millions of disabled Americans support themselves, but millions more apply for those benefits every year and fail to get them. Often, these people fail because they are not actually eligible for SSDI benefits and do not realize it. So what do you need in order to be eligible for SSDI benefits, and what can you do if you are not eligible?

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Five Tips To Increase Your Chances of Getting VA Disability Benefits

The process of applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) can be long and complicated at the best of times, but it can become much harder if you make a serious mistake on your application. That is why you should take a few basic steps to give yourself the best odds of succeeding at obtaining your benefits. Here are five tips to increase your chances of getting VA disability benefits:

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