Attorneys Fees in Social Security Cases

Attorneys’ fees in Social Security and SSI disability cases are paid under a rule set by Congress as part of the Social Security Act. This law allows attorneys to charge up to 25% of the back benefit achieved for the client, to a maximum of $6,000. The lawyer will be paid only out of your […]

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2018 Social Security Disability Benefit Rises Slightly.

Americans receiving Social Security benefits in 2018 can expect to see the program’s largest payment increase in years, according to the trustees report. In January, recipients will receive a $28 monthly increase in benefits, which, although amounts to just 2.2%, is much larger than the 0.3% increase in benefits recipients collected this year. In 2016 […]

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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s […]

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If You’ve Been Denied, Appeal and Get Help!

Only about one-third of Social Security disability claims are approved at the initial level. Read the denial notice you receive from Social Security carefully — it will tell you what you need to do. Generally, here are the next steps to take: 1) File an appeal right away! If you are denied benefits at the […]

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Applying for Disability Benefits

From the Chicago Tribune’s Elliot Raphaelson: In past columns, I have encouraged people who qualify to learn about and apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The Social Security Administration has a strict definition of who is disabled. You must have an impairment severe enough to prevent you from doing substantial work, and that […]

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Depression Can Be the Real Killer in Heart Disease

Clyde Boyce has been hospitalized 14 times in the past four years. This article from CNN details the delays he faced in getting his disability payments. Boyce, 61, survived two strokes and five operations to unblock arteries around his heart, including three procedures in which doctors propped open his blood vessels with stents. He takes […]

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Cuts in Social Security Funding Creates More Backlogs

“Protecting the American worker, SSDI provides support when we need it most. While the benefits are modest, averaging $1,172 per month, it provides vital assistance to 8.8 million Americans with disabilities — including nearly 1 million veterans. Roughly 80 percent of SSDI beneficiaries rely on this program as their main source of income and without […]

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