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Disability benefits eligibility for the blind

Michigan individuals who are blind often struggle with certain things that many take for granted, such as holding regular employment. Many people who are legally blind are able to work and enjoy a certain measure of independence. However, this is not the case for every blind individual. In some cases, blindness could be a legitimate reason to pursue disability benefits.

What qualifies as medical evidence for SSD claims?

So many people in Michigan and across the nation are currently dealing with adverse health conditions that render them either partially or fully disabled. Perhaps you're one of them. Whether you suffer from a particular medical condition or you are doing your best to provide care, encouragement and support for your child who suffers, there may be resources available of which you are unaware.

Can I claim disability benefits for a mental condition?

Disability benefits are an option for individuals who are unable to work due to a qualifying medical condition, but Michigan residents may be unaware that this option also extends to individuals with certain mental conditions as well. If a mental disability or condition precludes you from holding a regular job, you would be wise to explore your options for financial support through Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Are SSDI beneficiaries eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit?

Tax season is a tedious time for many Americans hoping for a refund. While many Social Security recipients know that disability payments do not count as earned income, that may not disqualify you from filing for the Earned Income Tax Credit. According to Accounting Today, as many as 1.5 million people with disabilities miss out on the EITC because they don't file taxes.

Are you eligible for concurrent benefits?

For many people, qualifying for any Social Security program because of a disability can be enormously helpful. However, qualifying and applying for one of the available programs can be a difficult process that will most likely take substantial effort and determination. If you do qualify for a single Social Security program, but it does not provide enough assistance, you may have additional options.

What are the top reasons for SSD claim denials?

Any worker who has suffered a disabling physical injury or is unable to work due to a mental health condition may feel that they qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you are disabled, you live with your condition every day. However, applying for SSDI benefits is a complicated and often daunting process.

Tips for preparing for the SSDI benefits interview

If you are preparing for your initial Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits interview, you want to be as prepared as possible. The interview can be long--it will take at least one hour according to the Social Security Administration (SSA)--but these are some things you can do to ensure that your SSDI interview goes as quickly and smoothly as possible:

Should You Return to Work On Light Duty?

Accidents happen on the job resulting in an injury and medical issues sometimes keep you from doing your job. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect you in these cases. When it is time to return to work, there may be options to consider such as light duty work.

How to make a strong claim for SSD benefits

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a valuable lifeline for those unable to work due to disabilities. However, according to the Social Security Administration, around half of all initial applications are denied.