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How Social Security claims get 'worked on' and evaluated

When a medical disability makes it impossible or very difficult for an individual in West Virginia to earn a living, they may file a claim to receive Social Security payments. Such claims are first sent to the state's disability determination services (DDS) agency. A specialist referred to as a disability examiner will then be assigned the case. This is the person who reviews the medical documents included with the application along with their sources.

Silica dust causing black lung disease in coal miners

Some West Virginia coal miners may be among those in several states who are suffering from a form of black lung disease that is caused by silica dust. More dangerous than coal dust, it is afflicting miners at a younger age, who are declining more rapidly than those with black lung disease caused by coal dust.

Understanding why many disability claims come back denied

When a West Virginia applicant files for Social Security disability benefits, it is because he or she has a mental or physical condition that prevents him or her from earning a living. When your medical issues keep you from earning enough income to support yourself or enter the workforce at all, you could be eligible for this same support. Unfortunately, even people with valid claims find they are not initially successful.

Advantages of appealing disability denial compared to new claim

When people in West Virginia file claims for Social Security Disability, they could face an uphill battle because many claims result in denials. Although this is discouraging, disability applicants can continue their pursuit of benefits. Starting over with a new claim might appear to make sense, but the appeals process actually involves less work and could have a better chance of succeeding.

Mental conditions may qualify for disability benefits

Whether a West Virginia resident has a physical or mental condition, a decision on a Social Security disability claim will be based on available medical records. This may mean providing records from a family physician or anyone else who has treated an applicant. There are many different types of applicable mental ailments, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder or impaired memory. The occurrence of panic attacks or depression could also prevent a person from working or remaining employed.

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