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Appealing a disability ruling

West Virginia residents who are living with a disability may no longer be able to earn a living. These individuals may decide to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income. Unfortunately, many applications are initially denied, though, with persistence, they may eventually be able to claim their benefits.

Obtaining Social Security Benefits For Progressive Massive Fibrosis

Progressive Massive Fibrosis (PMF), also known as conglomerate masses is a form of lung scarring caused by the accumulation of fibrotic masses in the upper limbs of the lungs. It is most often caused by pneumoconiosis, a lung disease caused by exposure to dust materials.

Disability benefits and the medical issues that could qualify you

When you find yourself in a place where you cannot work and support yourself or your family due to a medical condition, it can compromise your financial well-being and stability. West Virginia individuals who are unable to work because of a medical condition, physical injury or mental disability could qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

The factors that determine SSD benefit amounts

If a person is collecting Social Security Disability benefits, the benefit amount remains the same regardless of where that person lives. For instance, if a person moved to West Virginia from New York, the recipient would see no change to future payments. This is because the system is a federal one, which means that the rules apply equally in all states. However, those who receive benefits may see changes to their state supplementary benefits.

What to know about applying for permanent disability

If a West Virginia resident is granted disability benefits, he or she will be subject to continuing disability review (CDR). Individuals may be scheduled for diary review dates one, four or seven years after initial benefits are granted. It's important to note that a person must be totally disabled to receive social security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits. This is true even if the disability itself is not necessarily permanent.

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