Osteoporosis is a bone disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture due to weak bones. Your bones become so brittle that even mild stresses like bending over, coughing or sneezing can cause a fracture. It’s thought of as an older person’s disease but it can strike anyone – at any age.
If you or your loved one has osteoporosis, you may consider getting help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security benefits or disability benefits, especially if you or your loved one has not been able to work for at least 12 months.
Be sure to apply immediately, as the Social Security disability and/or SSI Disability claims process takes a long period of time to complete.
A qualified, experienced social security disability attorney should be consulted for a free evaluation in order to increase your chances of your claim being approved. During the initial stage, only about 40 percent of claims are approved. At the next stage, Disability Reconsideration, about 20 percent of the individuals win. The Hearing stage – the final stage – is where the individual actually has a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The Social Security disability or SSI disability hearing is informal with only the judge, his secretary and most often the judge will have a vocational expert there to testify as to what jobs the individual can perform.
If your Social Security disability claim is not won, no fee is collected by your social security disability attorney. But statistics show that claimants that are represented by an attorney are much more likely to win their claim. Your attorney can also professionally handle all aspects of your case, including complicated paper work.
Once you request a Social Security Disability or SSI Disability claims hearing, it may take up to a year to actually have a hearing – and then another three to six months to get a decision. The hardest part of the entire process is being patient and waiting it out.
The dollar amount Social Security Disability or SSI benefits received by an individual with osteoporosis will depend on how much that individual worked in the past and earned during that time. In the case of SSI, it depends on the individual’s claim circumstances. For disable widows, it depends on how much the spouse earned and for a disabled child, it depends on how much the parent earned.
For further information, you can contact your local Social Security office.