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What goes into a complete medical history?

In terms of applying for social security disability benefits in Rhode Island, compiling your medical history could require a few additional steps than it might for other purposes, such as changing insurance companies. However, following the rules precisely typically prevents the extensive processing delays commonly associated with disability applications.

Dispelling common misconceptions about SSDI benefits

If you reside in Rhode Island and you have a disability that is severe enough to prevent you from working and earning a living, you may have reason to apply for Social Security Disability Income. Intended primarily for those who have disabilities that are substantial and long-term in nature, wounded warriors and parents of the disabled may also have cause to apply for SSDI benefits. The process involved in applying for these benefits can prove complicated, however, and many people receive denials when they initially apply. At Karns Law Group, we understand the ins and outs of the SSDI benefit application process, and we have helped many people whose claims were denied pursue appeals.

Secrets of Social Security Disability - Limitations and Averages

If everyone in Rhode Island completed a survey about Social Security disability, it is likely that none of the respondents would say they hope to be on SSD some day. The reality, however, is disability benefits exist for good reason. 

Which conditions qualify for disability claims?

Your social security claim in Rhode Island might be denied outright if you do not have a qualifying condition. However, the definition may be less strict than you think when it comes to which impairments qualify for the disability programs offered through the Social Security Administration.

Appealing a social security disability denial

Having a social security disability benefits application denied is a frustrating experience for anyone. However, there are avenues available to those who have recently received an income or insurance denial from the Social Security Administration. The simplest option is often a direct appeal. It bears mentioning that, while there is a time limit on eligibility to take this action, Rhode Island residents do not need to be in the state, or even the country, to apply for an appeal. 

What is the main difference between SSI and SSDI?

You may have heard of two different types of Social Security benefits: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Some people may be confused about the two and wonder if they qualify for one or both of them. The truth is that while they do provide monetary assistance to the disabled in Rhode Island, the two programs actually are very different and are tailored to serve two different groups of people.

Common reasons Social Security Disability claims are denied

If you are among the many Rhode Island residents who cannot earn an adequate income because of a mental or physical limitation or incapacity, you may be able to qualify for what is known as Social Security Disability Income. The process of obtaining SSDI can prove highly convoluted, and in many cases, first-time applicants are denied this type of income. At Karns Law Group, we recognize that many SSDI claims are denied for similar reasons, and understanding why many claims are denied may help you improve your chances when creating your own application.

What is a disability for SSDI?

If you are trying to qualify for Social Security Disability in Rhode Island, you may have heard a lot about how hard it is to get. While it does take time and involves a lot of paperwork, getting SSDI is not really that difficult as long as you have a qualifying disability. This is very important to understand because you will be denied if you cannot prove you have a qualifying disability. 

Can you work and still get SSDI?

If you receive Social Security disability benefits in Rhode Island, you probably know they are not as much as you would make working a full-time job. Of course, whatever disability has qualified you for benefits makes it impossible for you to work such a job, but you may be able to do some work. As you also likely know, there are rules when it comes to Social Security about earning money by working.

Is alcoholism a qualifying disability for SSDI?

You may often hear from people in Rhode Island who are upset about the government's social programs complaining that anyone who is an alcoholic can get Social Security Disability benefits with no trouble. This is based on old information or a misunderstanding of how the system works. According to the Social Security Administration, alcoholism has not been a qualifying disability for SSDI since 1997.

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