Were you recently disabled and are now unable to work? If so, you may be struggling financially and worried about the future. The Social Security Administration (SSA) helps those with disabilities so they can worry less about affording basic necessities, such as food and shelter.
Across Raleigh, the nation and around the world, the sentiment is the same: people long for a return to the life we had a few weeks ago. There have been glimmers of hope that North Carolina and other areas will cautiously begin to reopen in coming days.
The coronavirus has turned life in Raleigh upside down, just as it has across the nation and around the world. Not long ago, the federal government decided that a stimulus program would help to offset the economic devastation of the virus on the U.S. economy. The stimulus includes $1,200 checks to Americans who earn $75,000 or less, which will include almost all Social Security Disability (SSD) recipients.
If you look at the streets of Raleigh, you can see that the novel coronavirus has upended nearly everything. Traffic is minimal, businesses are closed and people are mostly shuttered in their homes. The same is true across the U.S. and around the globe.
It’s one of the most difficult experiences a person can have: sustaining an injury so severe that it prevents you from working. It can be just as difficult for those who are dealing with a chronic illness, of course, when they are forced by medical conditions to stop going to their job.
Social Security Disability is an important form of income for many people. For those who suffer from injuries or ailments that keep them from working, SSD benefits can make all the difference.
According to the American Immigration Council, about 8 percent of North Carolina’s total population is foreign-born. Immigrants make up an even larger share of the state’s labor force. For instance, 44 percent of those working in farming, fishing and forestry industries are immigrants.
More than 60 years ago, the Social Security Disability Insurance program began its mission of helping workers who are disabled by illness or injury. It is difficult to apply for benefits and then obtain approval for SSD benefits because of the narrow definition of “disability” in the Social Security Act that was made into law in 1956.
Everyone who reads or watches the news knows that the current political landscape is chaotic. While we don’t make political comments in our Raleigh legal blog, there are some issues that merit attention, even though they have political overtones.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a complex process that requires a lot of paperwork and patience. When you either receive approval for your claim or successfully appeal an initial denial, you might think that the worst of the process is behind you. However, although you are getting SSD benefits now, there is always a chance you can lose them in the future.