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Veterans who are unable to support themselves and their families due to a service-connected disability (an impairment directly related to their military service) can apply for disability benefits payments. The amount of these cash payments depends on your VA disability rating, which measures the severity and permanence of your impairments. Applying fordisability compensation benefits often involves medical exams with multiple doctors, an overwhelming amount of paperwork, and a whole lot of “hurry up and wait.” This process can take quite some time, leaving many disabled veterans waiting for months or years to be approved. In 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs introduced the Fully Developed Claim process to address the issue of long wait times. The initiative encouraged applicants to partner with an approved organization to ensure all paperwork was completed and submitted in a timely manner. However, the Fully Developed Claim process only shaved about 11 days off the average wait time of 120 days.

When a person is injured on the job in South Carolina, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Occasionally, an employer will try to take advantage of an employee’s unfamiliarity with South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system to avoid paying a fair settlement. In cases where a workplace accident results in a person being killed or permanently disabled, it is especially important to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Here is an overview of the workers’ compensation process in South Carolina.

The application process for Social Security disability can be long and complicated. Many people who apply are not granted benefits on their first attempt. But something that can help increase your chances of succeeding on your disability application is to work with a Social Security disability attorney, who can help you understand how the process works and what the various parts of the application process entail. One important part of filing a Social Security disability application is a disability interview.

Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits at times are surprised to learn that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has terminated their benefits. One reason they have been canceled may be that the recipient of the benefits has started to earn too much money and the SSA terminates their benefits. In such a case, the recipient may be able to reinstate those benefits. This process is known as Social Security Disability (SSDI) expedited reinstatement.

In the case of Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI), older age often means a higher likelihood of getting awarded benefits. One major reason why this is the case is because the Social Security Administration uses what’s referred to as SSA grid rules to determine eligibility. These grids take into account the following factors:
  • Your age
  • Your educational background
  • The skill level required for your previous jobs
  • Your transferrable job skills
  • Your residual functional capacity
Overall, these grids point to an underlying notion that older workers will likely have a more difficult time entering new jobs. It is important to understand the different factors when considering whether to file a claim for SSDI benefits.

One of the necessary prerequisites to building a successful claim for Social Security disability benefits is establishing that you in fact have a medical disability. Specifically, any person who files a disability claim must produce “acceptable medical evidence” that supports that establishes proof of a disability and indicates the severity of that disability. Typically, the proof to support social security disability benefits claims is supported by documentation issued by a licensed medical provider that has previously treated the claimant specifically for their disability. However, with that broad idea in mind, claimants often have difficulty figuring out what evidence they will need to support their claim.

In order to file a Social Security disability claim in South Carolina, you must be able to prove that you have a disability that keeps you from earning a sufficient income and from performing daily activities on your own. Proving a disability, however, requires much more than you or your doctor simply stating that you have a disability. In order for your claim to be considered, you must provide numerous pieces of medical evidence, including exam results, treatment notes, mental health records, blood work panels, and reports of imaging studies, such as MRI, CAT scan, and x-rays. If you are able to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with timely, accurate, and sufficient medical evidence from your current doctor and specialists, the SSA is more apt to approve your disability claim and award you Social Security Disability Insurance benefits without requesting further testing and evidence. If you are unable to provide said evidence in a timely fashion, however, you may be asked to go through additional testing or provide additional, more hard-to-come-by evidence.

When veterans submit a disability claim to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) they expect that the VA will take special care to preserve all evidence and documents relating to that claim. Unfortunately, this may not be the case. In July of last year, investigators with Veterans Affairs conducted a surprise audit on 10 regional VA offices around the country. These spot check audits revealed the troubling fact that the VA has been shredding documents related to veterans’ claims.