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Administrative hearings generally last 15 minutes

West Virginia residents who have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and have had their claims rejected may be able to appeal their cases all the way to the administrative hearing level. At this point, a judge will review the matter and determine whether there is enough evidence to approve a claim. The judge will typically review the evidence before the hearing starts, which means that the hearing itself shouldn't take longer than a few minutes.

Application rules for disability benefits

West Virginia residents who want to apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration should understand the requirements for doing so. One way to do this is to look at the process used by the Social Security Administration to determine applicants' eligibility when they apply for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Prospective applicants should examine the application process, what to do if an application is denied, the criteria used to determine eligibility and what parts of their work and medical treatment records are scrutinized.

Medical records and Social Security disability benefits

West Virginia residents who apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration do not need to have a past medical history. However, disability examiners tend to prefer applicants to present records that demonstrate past medical treatment. Individuals who have received treatment in the past for their disabling condition can present physician notes to provide a perspective on their conditions that may not otherwise be available.

Rheumatoid arthritis and SSD

West Virginia residents who have rheumatoid arthritis and who want to apply for Social Security Disability benefits should understand how work activity factors into the decision of whether they are able to receive them. Applicants cannot be employed and earning an income that exceeds the SGA monthly earnings limit. Because the SGA limit is adjusted every year, it is important that applicants know what the limit is before they submit an application. People who earn an income that exceeds the SGA limit will receive a technical denial for their claim without it ever undergoing a medical evaluation.

Disability benefits for Sjogren's Syndrome

Your recent diagnosis of Sjogren's Syndrome may have you scratching your head. What is this strange condition that is difficult to pronounce and even more difficult to diagnose? Your West Virginia primary care physician may have sent you from one specialist to another, and each one ran tests and asked questions until finally someone put the pieces together.

Few disabilities automatically qualify one for SSD benefits

The Social Security disability determination procedure is a complicated system of rules, regulations and prior decisions. Many West Virginia residents who have had a work accident or otherwise have an inability to work apply for SSD benefits only to find that they are denied. Despite the physical or mental impairment the claimant may suffer, the term "disabled" is a specific finding to be made by Social Security Administration examiners only after following a defined sequential process.

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