Federal administrative law judges who hear Social Security Disability appeals have widely ranging records that may indicate unfairness in the appeals process. On occasion, this diagnosis provides an alternative theory for an Administrative Law Judge who wishes to award benefits but will not approve a claim based on CFS or Fibromyalgia. The person applying for benefits must be considered completely disabled. The biggest problem with this appeal level is the time it takes to receive an administrative law judge hearing.
If you are still able to work to some extent, the SSA also has other programs, such as Supplemental Security Income. A disabled person receiving SSI will also be eligible for food stamps and a Medicaid card from the state. Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has added an online program in the interest of retiring persons.
You will need to carefully determine when would be most advantageous to begin receiving your benefits. Most disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security field offices and State agencies (usually called disability determination services or DDSs).
Through these programs, you can get these free services and peruse the job market for leads while still receiving your benefits. If they are eligible, their medical bills, including bills for hospitals or nursing homes, will be paid totally or partially by the state government, depending upon the senior’s income.
If Social Security denied your application, an attorney can help you appeal their decision. As to whether the symptoms are totally disabling, SSA will consider the medical opinions, as well as the statements of the Claimant and third parties, as in any other disability claim.