You Must Appeal, and On Time!

It is not easy to win a disability claim. About 75% of all applications for either SSDI or SSI are rejected. Well over 50% are denied at the initial stage of application, but that is just the beginning. Sometimes when cases are denied, there has simply been an error in the application or medical record […]

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Important Family Benefits for Disabled Workers

One of the most important aspects of Social Security Disability is the benefits paid to family members. A family member is eligible for a monthly benefit that is up to 50 percent of the worker’s disability payment. Each family member may be eligible for a monthly benefit of up to 50 percent of the disability […]

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Social Security is 82!

82 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. It established one of our nation’s greatest social and economic achievements: a law that at its very core was meant to allow people to meet their basic needs at the most vulnerable times in their lives. Unfortunately, this hallmark legislation has […]

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Young Disabled Workers May be Eligible

Most of us don’t think about being disabled as a young adult, before having enough work history to technically qualify for disability payments. Social Security has a “Special Insured Status-Disabled” status for those taken out of the work force before Age 31. What Is Special Insured Status? “Special insured status” allows an option to the […]

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Rules change for Multiple Sclerosis Disability

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive autoimmune disease, impacting a variety of body systems. It often results in weakness and loss of function in use of legs and arms, bladder and vision problems, and frequently causes serious depression. Most patients have severe fatigue as a result of the disease. For many years, Social Security has […]

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Anniversary of Social Security Disability

On August 1st, NOSSCR’s executive director, Barbara Silverstone, issued the below statement on the 61st anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance: “Today, we celebrate the 61st anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance. We honor this great moment in history by supporting, strengthening and protecting Social Security. “For six decades, the disability program has been protecting […]

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World Hepatitis Day July 28

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on July 28,and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), WHD unites patient organisations, governments, […]

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What to Expect at an Administrative Judge Hearing

The administrative judge hearing is the last administrative stage in a Social Security or SSI appeal. It takes well over a year, possibly more, to get a hearing after the hearing request. Hearings are meant to be informal, fact-finding procedures. The people present at the hearing are the claimant and the attorney, the judge and […]

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The Effect of Side Effects

People with disabilities are necessarily on medications to manage their symptoms, no matter what the medical or psychiatric symptoms. Often these medications have side effects that are nearly as troublesome as the original symptoms, but are necessary for lessening or containing the illness – think of chemotherapy. Many have side effects such as fatigue and […]

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Reduced Productivity Should be Documented in a Claim

There are many ways to prove that someone cannot hold a job and is thus disabled. For example, they may meet the regulations for a physical or psychological disability. This means the medical evidence in the file meets the requirements of the regulations that Social Security sets. If a claimant cannot meet a these rules, […]

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