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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 19.6 percent of the labor force in 2015 have disabilities. On the other hand, 11.9 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed. For individuals who have lost their jobs or are unemployed and have to seek treatment for their disabilities, there are ways to receive financial assistance. Depending on their case, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has several disability programs they can apply for.
Substantial Gainful Activity
The SSA sets a standard income limit for SSD beneficiaries. If an applicant’s income exceeds this limit due to his engagement or called substantial gainful activity (SGA), then no SSD benefits will be given. The SGA required for each beneficiary depends on his or her disability and income. The SSA follows a formula that factors in the beneficiary’s income to come up with the SSI payment. Another element to consider is the category the beneficiary falls under. There’s a difference between the SGA for blind beneficiaries and for that of non-blind beneficiaries. The current SGA for blind beneficiaries is $1820, while for non-blind, it is at $1090.
Short Healing Time
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Charleston that led to an injury, you may apply for an SSD benefit. During your application’s evaluation, a specialist will determine how long it will take before you can go back to work. In essence, your disability after the accident must be deemed to last for at least 12 months. If you know you have qualified yet the results of the application state that you don’t, you can hire a Social Security lawyer from Charleston to appeal the denial.
There are cases, too, when an applicant’s impairment is declared by the physician to last for over six months but not up to a year but the SSA still grants the benefit. The decision, simply put, may vary depending on the conclusion of the special in-house agency of the SSA and not necessarily on just the physician’s judgment. A Social Security disability lawyer from Charleston like the experienced staff from Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law can help applicants by guiding them through the process.
January 2015 Disability Employment Statistics Released, ADASouthEast.org
Social Security Disability: 8 Reasons You May Be Denied Benefits, Nolo.com
Substantial Gainful Activity, socialsecurity.gov
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law