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Georgia attorneys help those with mental disorders seek benefits

Mental disabilities often go by silent and unnoticed. After all, it is easy to see why a person in a wheelchair or carrying an oxygen tank may be disabled, but mental disorders carry no physical. And, there is still a stigma attached to mental disabilities, even if the person has sought treatment.

Federal legislation proposes cut-off dates for SSDI benefits

Georgia residents may be concerned to hear that legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate that may make it more difficult for Social Security disability benefit recipients to retain their benefits. The bill, known as the Social Security Disability Insurance Return to Work Act, would place disability benefit recipients into one of four classifications based on the likelihood that their disability would improve.

Obtaining SSDI benefits for blindness

Anyone in Georgia who has lost his or her sight has suffered one of humanity's worst afflictions. Losing the ability to see can have a devastating impact on all aspects of a person's life. For that reason, among others, the Social Security Administration has made the award of Social Security Disability Benefits almost automatic for persons who satisfy the agency's definition of blindness.

Those in Georgia with bipolar disorder may need SSD benefits

When some hear the phrase "bipolar disorder" they may imagine a person going crazy and ending up in a mental hospital. However, these impressions are unwarranted, as there are many people in Georgia who live with bipolar disorder. Those with bipolar disorder suffer from episodes of mania and major depression. Often these episodes are unpredictable, which makes living one's everyday life very difficult.

What information needs to be in an SSI application in Georgia?

When people discuss certain government programs, they often refer simply to being on "disability" or "Social Security." However, the federal Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees numerous different programs that are all governed by different federal statutes and regulations, and may also be implemented through state-based government agencies. This is true of the two major benefits programs the SSA administers in Georgia for those who have a disability that precludes them from working. The first of these is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and the second is Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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