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March is Social Work Awareness Month

Did you know that March is professional social work month? Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives, and they can be found helping their community in mental health clinics, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, and even their own private practices. They help people restore their capacity to live and overcome difficult challenges, like poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness.

In terms of Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, having a social worker by your side can improve your chances of being granted benefits. If you struggle with maintaining basic daily functions, including scheduling appointments for yourself and paying bills, having a social worker help you with these tasks can be beneficial to get you approved for disability benefits. Having evidence of this assistance will help prove that it is hard for you to maintain a full-time job on your own since you have difficulty staying organized and completing tasks in your regular home life.

If you have a disability claim pending, it is helpful to get a statement from your social worker regarding the tasks they assist you with. This statement won’t make or break your case, but it will certainly be useful in proving your disability to the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the statement from your social worker is similar to your testimony, that statement can boost your credibility with the SSA.

Oftentimes, people rely solely on their social worker for help. If you currently have a social worker assisting you and you are not working, you should consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. Ask your social worker if he/she thinks you should apply for the program. More likely than not, they will agree that SSD benefits would be an ideal option for you. The worst thing you can do is wait. Call a trusted attorney today, and he/she will work with your social worker to help get you the disability benefits you deserve.

Fun facts about social workers:

  1. The first social work class was offered in the summer of 1898 at Columbia University.
  2. The social work profession was established to ensure immigrants and other vulnerable people gained tools and skills to deal with economic and social poverty.
  3. Social workers directly contributed to many benefits used today, including Social Security, disability pay, and access to health care through Medicaid and Medicare.
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