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Rule change may make disability benefits tougher to get

A short while ago, this blog discussed the importance of understanding the application process to seek disability benefits afforded by government programs. The Social Security disability or SSD claims process can be challenging and the challenges may have just become greater thanks to a new rule change. The recent changes eliminate the rule referred to as the treating-physician rule. This rule provided weight to a physician's report that was included as part of a disability application.

Understanding the Social Security disability application process

Being unable to work because of a disability can be difficult to accept and a can be a challenging period in a disabled individual's life. While Social Security disability benefits can be helpful, the application process may seem complex. Disabled individuals should not, however, be intimidated by the SSD application process and should understand that being familiar with the process can be helpful.

Is there a way to expedite the disability benefits process?

If you or your loved one is seriously injured or sick, you are likely well aware that time is critical. You already know the importance of getting medical help right away and notifying an employer of any accommodations or leave requests as soon as possible, and you are almost certainly accustomed to acting fast.

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