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What should you know before applying for SS benefits?

You have decided that applying for Social Security benefits in Mississippi is a viable solution to support your income and allow you to have the necessary finances to live a comfortable life. Since you are familiar with the requirements to apply and have determined that you meet all of the necessary contingencies, you are ready to begin filling out an application. However, taking an extra minute to learn about helpful suggestions may help you to be better prepared and more confident as you begin the process of submitting your request for benefits. 

What is SSD backpay?

The Social Security Administration does not typically approve social security disability claims until months or even a full year after the claimant files it. Before approval, the claimant must pay for expenses out of pocket, via loans or with the help from friends and family. This can put the claimant in a tight financial position even after he or she begins to receive benefits. If you live with a disability in Mississippi and count on SSD, you know this all too well. Fortunately, the SSA offers backpay, which may offset the amount of what you had to borrow.

Will receiving financial assistance from family affect your SSD?

If you cannot work because of a disability, and if you live in Mississippi, you may have applied for Social Security Disability benefits via the Social Security Administration. While your application may ultimately lead to long-term financial assistance, the road to getting that assistance is a long one—often six months or longer. In the meantime, you may wonder what you can do to stay afloat and if gifts and donations from friends and family will affect your eligibility. In short, the answer is no.

Can you get workers’ compensation and SSD at the same time?

Getting hurt on the job can be scary in addition to being painful. With unexpected medical treatments and time away from work, a workplace injury can also prove devastating to your financial situation. But did you know that in some circumstances you could draw benefits from both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability (SSD)?

What can cause your disability benefits to stop?

Generally speaking, if you become disabled in Mississippi and qualify for social security disability benefits, you will continue to receive benefits for as long as your disability persists. However, according to the Social Security Administration, there are certain circumstances that may alter your continuing eligibility for SSD. For instance, your condition may have improved in recent years, or you may have returned to work. To ensure that you still qualify, the SSA will review your case from time to time. The administration will inform you when it is time for a case review and regarding your benefit status.

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