Technically speaking, you do not need to have a lawyer present to fill out an application for Social Security disability benefits. That said, it can significantly increase your chances of having your application approved if you have a lawyer assist with your application. Why is this, and why is it worth it to have a Social Security disability lawyer help you with your case?
In a recent press release, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it would be extending the presumptive period for veterans of the Persian Gulf War until December 31, 2026. This extension gives these veterans more time to apply for disability benefits if they are suffering from unspecified medical issues with no definitive diagnosis. It also means they may be able to recover benefits they might previously have been owed due to not having been properly diagnosed with a medical condition.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that recipients of Social Security benefits will see a 5.9% increase in benefits in 2022. This represents the largest increase in Social Security since at least 2008. This increase in benefits will affect retirees collecting Social Security retirement benefits, as well as people collecting disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun the process of administering booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable veterans. This program has been put into place after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot, to help veterans who are at higher risk due to coronavirus infection. Booster shots for other vaccines, including those created by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are still under review, but are also expected to be offered once they are authorized.
If you are seeking disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are probably wondering what you need to apply. Fortunately, for the most part, you can probably find most of what you need at home, or with a bit of research. Here are five things you should have on hand when you begin applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI):
Typically, when someone becomes disabled as a result of their military service, it is fairly obvious how they got their disability. However, a surprising number of veterans can spend months or years seemingly fine, only to manifest a service-related disability a long time afterwards. Here are five service-related disabilities that often do not appear right away:
If you have recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition, you may be considering if applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is right for you. Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for these benefits, as not every medical condition is eligible for SSDI or SSI. But if that’s the case, then how do you know if your medical condition lets you qualify?
In their most recent annual report on the suicide rate of veterans, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced that the suicide rate is on the decline, at the highest rate since 2001. This decline is seen as a result of efforts made by the VA to tackle the difficult issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems that are common among veterans. However, more work needs to be done for veterans who still struggle with their mental health after returning to civilian life. Continue reading “Suicide Rate for Veterans Dropped in Latest Annual Report”
More than half of all applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are denied every single year. While some of these denials are unavoidable, a shocking number of them are the rest of mistakes that could have been prevented. If you applied for SSDI or SSI and had your application denied, these reasons might be why:
If you are a veteran suffering from a severe medical condition, you may have considered applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) previously. In fact, you may already have applied but been turned down. However, despite this, you may still be eligible for benefits (or, if you already have benefits, you may be entitled to more than you currently receive). Here are a few reasons why you might be entitled to VA disability benefits and not realize it: