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Helping someone apply for permanent disability benefits who has liver disease and a spinal fusion




 
Good morning, an adult family member is in the hospital suffering from liver disease, a bacterial infection and pneumonia. He had a spinal fusion 20 years ago that has never healed properly and physicians are now testing to see if that fusion is affecting his digestive system.

I spoke with the hospital social worker and I was told that he will have to apply for Permanent Disability benefits in person. As he is ill and will most likely remain hospitalized for at least a month, how do we help him apply for benefits?

Does he need to assign a medical proxy to apply on his behalf? Also, if he is hospitalized other than a physician diagnosis, does he still need to be assessed through the Department of Social Security in order to receive benefits?

He will most likely be transferred to a rehab facility after his released from the hospital.

Thanks for your for your assistance.




He can file for Social Security disability benefits by phone from the hospital or rehabilitation facility. If at all possible it is best for him to file his own disability claim because there are questions about the jobs he has held over the fifteen years prior to their becoming disabled to work and their medical history.

Anyone can file the disability claim, but the applications and medical release form must be signed by your family member.

Lastly, there is no other way to receive disability benefits other than a medical determination conducted by Social Security.








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Related pages:

How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go to apply?
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How does Social Security view your work and medical records
How will an attorney help me win disability benefits?
Financial Help When You Are Filing For Disability
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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI