If you've anxiously been waiting for a decision on your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim, it can be frustrating to get a letter telling you only that the state agency charged with making the decision now wants you to see another doctor for something called a "consultative exam."
A lot of people feel very uncomfortable about bringing up the subject of disability with their doctors. They may tell themselves something like, "Surely, if I'm really disabled, my doctor would tell me!"
When people talk about why their condition is disabling, they often mention the pain they experience. Pain is, after all, very limiting. It can exhaust you, make it difficult to concentrate and make it impossible to sit, stand, walk, lift or otherwise function normally throughout your day.
If you're over 60 years of age and suffering from a disability, you may be trying to eke out a living despite your condition while you wait to reach your minimum retirement age for Social Security.
Have you ever wondered why some areas seem to have more Social Security Disability recipients than others? It's not an illusion. Disabled people tend to "cluster" in certain areas due to numerous complex socio-economic factors and the way that the disability approval process itself works.
In an earlier blog, we discussed the dismal prospects that many disabled people face with they file for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) -- particularly in Tennessee.
The allowance rate for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is dismally low during the initial claims process -- but, why?
You know that it isn't easy to get Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. There's a rigorous claims process, long waits for decisions and frequent denials. You also know that disability payments don't exactly allow you to live "the high life."
For the majority of disability claimants waiting on that all-important hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), the wait keeps going.
We all know that looks can be deceiving, but imagine what it's like when you "look fine" but are actually suffering from a hidden condition that is severely limiting -- if not outright miserable to endure.