If you have a child who becomes disabled before he turns 22, the child can eventually get benefits off of your Social Security earnings. If a parent dies, becomes disabled, or starts receiving retirement, the disabled child can receive benefits on his parent’s earnings if you prove he is disabled before he turned 22.
When you are applying for disability benefits, Social Security needs a lot of information. It seems an overwhelming task to get the information together. Plus, you're applying for disability, so you're probably not feeling great to begin with. If you were feeling well enough to get together all of this stuff, you could probably work, right? Let's see if I can take some of the mystery out of it.
People tend to generally know about Social Security retirement. They are aware that disability exists and maybe that it can be difficult to get. Beyond that, people don't know a lot about benefits they can get from Social Security that can really help when planning for their future.
Most people who apply for Social Security disability have some sort of chronic pain issue, be it back pain, knee pain, arthritis or neuropathy. These conditions usually require pain medicine. The problem is that some of these medicines are extremely addictive and are often misused. Because Social Security is hyperaware of its reputation of having a lot of drug addicts receiving disability, even though this is untrue, anyone wanting to receive Social Security disability benefits needs to be careful when receiving narcotic pain medications that they are necessary and being used appropriately.
In short, we want anything that limits your ability to work. I see people get hung up on diagnoses all the time. I get calls all the time where someone says, “I got diagnosed with diabetes, am I disabled?” How should I know? What are your symptoms? You could have a small brain tumor and be just fine. You could also have dry skin and be completely disabled because the skin cracks and bleeds constantly causing massive pain and sanitary problems in the workplace. The diagnosis is important, but we really care how it affects you.
We all know Social Security benefits can take years to finally be approved. What if you don't have years? Surely Social Security has some method of dealing with this? Of course there is.
Sometimes Social Security or the judge in your case is worried about your ability to handle the payments on your own. In those cases Social Security asks for a representative payee. This is someone who receives the checks on your behalf and pays your bills with the money. The payee can give you some of the money to spend, but the payee needs to have control of the money.
Here’s how this can come up. You can be in the country legally working on a green card and pay in to the Social Security system. Then your green card can expire or you can have other immigration issues and no longer be in the country legally. You might be entitled to Social Security benefits, but have an illegal status. It’s not quite fair. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t recommend applying for benefits. In general, if you’re hiding from the government, applying for any government benefit isn’t a great idea. Depending on where you are, Social Security may or may not refer you to Immigration, but do you really want to take that chance?
Social Security continually sends you forms asking you to tell them about all the work you’ve done for the past fifteen years. You’ve filled this out already and they want more information. Why do they care?
Marijuana laws are changing daily. Some states have legalized it, others have legalized it for medical reasons and still others have it outlawed entirely. How is Social Security treating marijuana use?
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