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How to time a disability benefit filing

Individuals in West Virginia and throughout the country should apply for Social Security Disability benefits whenever their physical or mental condition makes it impossible to work. When making a decision, an examiner will look at an applicant's work and medical history. Reviewing both makes it possible to determine if there is any job an applicant could hold.

Social Security disability claims and job experience

Many people in West Virginia who are no longer able to work due to disability file for Social Security benefits. A common question is whether or not an applicant's last job affects the chances of receiving a favorable decision. The Social Security Administration uses a five-step process, and two of the steps involve evaluating a claimant's ability to work.

TBIs and SSD

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can negatively impact the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of a person. West Virginia residents who have sustained a TBI may be able to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. However, certain conditions have to be present.

Disabling mental conditions common with military members

The men and women who serve in the United States military in any capacity or branch do a great service to the country, but sometimes, they pay a significant price for doing so. One of the most common effects of serving in active duty roles is a toll on a person's mental health. Military service is stressful, emotional and sometimes traumatic, and it can have a permanent impact on a person's mental well-being. 

Common reasons why benefits could be taken away

It is possible that those in West Virginia who receive government benefits could have them revoked in the future. This can happen if a person is making more than the substantial gainful activity amount for a given month. It can also happen if a person's medical condition improves enough that he or she can work again. Benefits may also be revoked if a person works for more than nine months over a period of five years.

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