Before you can obtain either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you will need to be evaluated by Disability Determination Services (DDS). This office is a critical part of the process, but many people do not understand what they are or what role they serve. So what is DDS, and why are they so important to applying for Social Security disability benefits?
Every year, about two million people apply for Social Security disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, more than half of these applications are denied, many of them never even getting as far as an interview. Here are five of the biggest reasons why people have their SSDI application denied:
One of the most important questions in any application for veterans’ disability benefits is whether the applicant has a service-related disability. No matter how bad someone’s disability is, if it is not considered to be service-related, they will not qualify for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). But what exactly does it mean for a disability to be service-related, and how do you know if you qualify?
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (also known as the VA) has added three new diseases to its list of presumptive disabilities based on the risk of toxic exposure. These three new diseases, which includes asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis, will now receive special treatment under the law, making it easier for veterans to apply for disability benefits based on those conditions. This will, in turn, reduce the difficulty that many veterans have had in seeking disability benefits from the VA.
While the coronavirus has not completely disappeared, a growing vaccination rate has led doctors and other medical experts to start looking at the aftereffects of the pandemic. Of particular concern is the phenomenon known as “long COVID,” which afflicts a startling number of victims of the virus. For disability advocates, this population of COVID-19 sufferers may prove to be the longest lasting legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, potentially leading to years or decades of care for affected individuals. Continue reading ““Long COVID” Becomes Growing Focus for Disability Advocates”
When most people think of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they tend to think of adults who become unable to work due to illness or injury. However, a substantial number of SSI recipients are not adults, but rather children with medical conditions that cause severe impairment. Here is what you need to know about getting SSI for children with disabilities: Continue reading “Obtaining SSI Benefits for Children With Disabilities”
Being in the military is inherently risky, with just about anyone in military service being at high risk of suffering a disabling injury. Some injuries are more common than others, and ttend to be more commonly approved for disability benefits by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). Here are five of the most common types of disabilities seen in veterans: Continue reading “Seven Common Types of Disabilities Seen Among Veterans”