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   Welcome to The Disability Expert! This site provides free information about applying for Social Security disability benefits. This site hopes to take some of the mystery out of the process by which the Social Security Administration decides if a person qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. Understanding the process can help a person increase the chances that he or she will qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The site manager has nine years experience as a Social Security disability determination specialist. Please, visit this site  frequently to see whatís new. Thanks for visiting The Disability Expert!

     This site is not operated by or affiliated with the Social Security Administration. This site is intended to provide general information about Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. This information may or may not be applicable in your particular disability case. This site does not provide legal or medical advice on specific claims for Social Security disability benefits.


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     All questions about Social Security disability benefits are submitted by readers of this website.   Some questions have been edited for length and content.  

Our daughter has rheumatoid arthritis and is getting to the point of being disabled. She is 40 years old my question is:  Can she draw disability under our social security? 
   
No. An adult child can receive benefits from his or her parent's Social Security only if the parent is retired or disabled and the adult child became disabled before the age of 21.    

 

If I don't file a income tax return, will ssa find out that I worked ,since my employer withheld state, federal, and ssa taxes?
    
Yes, SSA will find out because your employer reported your earnings to the IRS. Those earnings will appear on your SSA earnings statement. Furthermore, SSA will take legal action to recover any overpayments that they made to you. Furthermore, the IRS will come after you if you don't file a return. You had better report your earnings to SSA as soon as possible, because the longer this goes on, the larger the sum of money SSA will want you to repay.

      I am wondering if my child being born with certain medical conditions if I should apply for SSI for him or if there are other programs available. Also because of my spinal surgery I am extremely limited in my ability to be on my feet for long periods of time are there any programs available for me? 
     Children can apply for SSI.  SSI is a need-based program; the parents must have very limited income and resources for the child to qualify for SSI.  The childís medical condition must be pretty severe for the child to be considered disabled.  In order for an adultís condition to be considered disabling, the condition must prevent the person from doing all types of work for at least 12 months in a row.  Lots of jobs do not require standing for long periods of time.

    

   

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Articles About Social Security Disability Benefits

Liver Disease and Applications for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Benefits 
by R. M. Bottger
     The Social Security Administration evaluates all chronic liver disease the same way whether it is caused by cirrhosis, hepatitis, or some other cause.  Liver disease is a common reason for applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits.  Many of these cases are denied.  The people who are found disabled due to liver disease are very, very ill.  There are a number of ways that a person with chronic liver disease can qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

 

Regional Enteritis Crohn's Disease and Social Security Disability Benefits
by R. M. Bottger
     If you have Regional Enteritis/Crohnís Disease (demonstrated by operative findings, barium studies, biopsy, or endoscopy), here is how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income disability case.  In all cases, you must either have met these criteria for 12 months in a row or be expected to meet at these criteria at least 12 months in a row.  If you are temporarily this severe during an acute exacerbation and are responding to treatment, the Social Security Administration will deny your case on the grounds that your condition is not expected to last at least 12 months in a row.  (See the article How Long Must Your Impairment Last to Qualify for Disability Benefits? If you are not following prescribed therapy, your case will be denied on the grounds that with prescribed therapy your condition is not expected to persist at this level of severity at least 12 months in a row. s

 

Mental Conditions in Children Applying for SSI Disability Benefits       
by R. M. Bottger
     A diagnosis alone is not enough information for the Social Security Administration to decide whether or not your child is disabled due to a mental condition.  This applies to all mental conditions in children including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, depression, mental retardation, and any other mental disorder.  What the Social Security Administration needs to know is the severity of your childís condition.  How does your childís condition affect his ability to function?  What is your child unable to do that other children his or her age normally do?
 
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