Pain as a Basis for Disability Claim

When we ask people what stops them from working, the most common reason is pain. As anyone who has experienced it knows, acute pain takes over every corner of your life, hindering physical ability, interfering with concentration and stamina, and causing fatigue. Many people with conditions as diverse as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Fibromylagia, migraines and […]

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Proposed Cuts to Disability Programs Strike Home

When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration’s 2018 budget, Heather Block’s fears quickly turned to outrage. Block, a 54-year-old former international aid worker from Lewes, Delaware, listened with growing anger as Mulvaney promised to slice $72 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance […]

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“Benefits” of Social Security Disability

As of March, 10.58 million people were being paid an average of $1,171.52 per month, which works out to about $14,058 per year. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s enough to push the average disabled individual above the poverty level. These 10.58 million disabled beneficiaries account for more than 17% of all […]

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Applying for Benefits During an Injury Lawsuit

If a person is injured in an accident, or has a personal injury claim, there may be simultaneous eligibility for Social Security and SSI disability payments. The advantages of applying for Social Security can include additional income and medical benefits during the years that litigation will take to work to conclusion. Unlike personal injury or […]

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Reviews of Your Disability Benefits

Everyone receiving Social Security disability or SSI disability payments will have their medical conditions reviewed periodically. Your payments can continue unless there is strong proof that your condition has improved medically and that you are able to return to work. These “Continuing Disability Reviews” are scary, no two ways about it. But they are certainly […]

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“Qualified” Immigrants May Receive SSI

As the President and Congress consider our immigration policies it is timely to review the current availability of Social Security and SSI benefits for non-citizens. In general, beginning August 22, 1996, most aliens must be in one of the following “qualified alien” categories that allow eligibility and meet a condition that allows them to get […]

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Brain Injuries Disability Claims Rise

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are becoming a more common diagnosis for claimants needing Social Security disability benefits, with advances in testing and imaging and more publicity from injured veterans and athletes. They are not always easy to prove. There is a new regulation that specifically evaluates these profound injuries. Earlier they were considered under neurological […]

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Even After Winning, There are Delays!

Even after WINNING a claim, there are unconscionable delays in the Social Security system. Laurie Mickelberg, 49, is dying of cancer and needs Social Security disability benefits – now. However, she and thousands of others just like her, face a long waiting period and may not survive to collect. Mickelberg is fighting stage 4 ovarian […]

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Disabled Woman Struggles with Delays on Case

The tumors and cysts blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain, have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory. Three seizures forced Sales, 53, to lose a job she’d hoped to get full time. Her maladies and medications, treatments for a rare genetic disease, have […]

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Could You Be Eligible for VA and Social Security Disability?

If you are already receiving disability benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) you may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is administered by the SSA to provide monthly benefits for disabled workers. To receive SSDI, you must have worked enough to earn sufficient credits […]

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