When people in Michigan and across the country are suffering from a physical or mental illness, an option they often consider is applying for help from various programs offered by the government. One in particular is Social Security Disability. However, there are certain factors that must be remembered when trying to file and receive benefits. Even if a person has the required disabilities to get benefits, there can sometimes be obstacles to having the request granted.
For example, a recent article detailed the story of a woman who had spent her life as a teacher, a mother and also cared for the elderly, who found herself with issues that made it necessary for her to file for Social Security Disability benefits. The problem she had was the backlog in cases, making it necessary for her to wait. In 2008, she began to suffer from respiratory problems and had trouble breathing. She also suffered from pneumonia, had numbness in her leg and had to use a wheelchair to get around. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong. She couldn’t work and her husband tried to care for her. She applied for Social Security Disability for illness, but was denied. She appealed the decision, and after a very long wait she was finally approved earlier this year.
When a person has a physical illness, a mental illness or other disabilities that make it difficult or impossible for them to work, they have the right to file for Social Security Disability. What has to be understood is the difficulty some people have being approved. There are often numerous hurdles to jump before being approved. Following the process correctly can help expedite matters and avoid a denial of claims due to missing information or improperly filed out forms.
In the case of the woman who was rejected for benefits and eventually received them, she had an extended wait and an uncertain future. Luckily, she was able to appeal her case and eventually received benefits.
Source: OCRegister.com, “Wait for Social Security benefits can be years long,” Leonard Ortiz, Dec. 6, 2014