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Timelines vary for receiving Social Security Disability benefits

Disabilities can impose significant financial hardships on people in West Virginia. Although the process of applying for benefits and gaining approval takes time, the Social Security Administration does strive to make decisions in a timely manner.

Pain is a factor in Social Security determinations

Many individuals living in West Virginia live with pain. It can sometimes be managed effectively, but in other cases, pain can interfere with a person's ability to hold a job. If the pain persists, applying for Social Security Disability benefits may be a good idea.

What to know about SSDI

Most West Virginia workers don't have disability insurance, and that could be a problem for those who are or become disabled. It is believed that 20 percent of workers will be disabled for a period of at least three months during their careers. However, it may be possible for someone with a disability to get benefits through Social Security. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program does have criteria that must be met before benefits are granted.

Understanding Social Security Disability Insurance

Workers in West Virginia can use Social Security as part of their contingency plan if they experience a loss of income due to a disability, retirement or the death of the household wage earner. By the time 2016 ended, there were 61 million people in the United States receiving Social Security benefits. Sixty-eight percent of them were retired, 14 percent had a qualifying disability and 18 percent were spouses, children or surviving family members of workers who were entitled to the funds. Social Security Disability Insurance is an important part of the benefits program that essentially works alongside retirement benefits. Based on information from the Social Security Administration, young workers entering the workforce have a 33.3 percent likelihood of either dying or receiving a disability before reaching the full retirement age for Social Security.

Lack of funds could hinder SSA

The average wait time for an appeals hearing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is about 600 days, according to two United States senators. These long waits could have significant impacts on West Virginia residents. President Donald Trump has requested $12.5 billion be allocated to the Social Security Administration's administrative budget in the fiscal year 2018. However, a recent appropriations bill would reduce the agency's budget by $460 million.

Can I go back to work after I get SSDI?

Question: After many years of collecting Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, I feel like I could manage a part-time job. I think it would be good for me to get out and I would like to feel productive, but I am afraid if I get a job that the Social Security Administration will cancel my benefits and I can't afford that.

Social Security Disability eligibility

The Social Security system includes benefits for people unable to work due to disability. Many working-age people in West Virginia rely on these payments when injury or illness prevents them from earning a living. More than 10.5 million disabled workers nationwide or their families collect disability benefits. People who lose their ability to work must meet certain requirements to receive payments, and their status will change when they reach retirement age.

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