Archive | March, 2016

12 Biggest Mistakes Claimants Make

Here are 12 mistakes we see people make in applying for Disability benefits: 1. Not applying soon enough – months of eligibility can be lost. 2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. 3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the back benefit award. […]

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Proving Arthritis-Based Disability

The Arthritis Foundation estimates that up to 2.1 million Americans are affected by rheumatoid arthritis. The incidence is higher after age 50, and it can affect the whole body. It lurks in the hands, skin, heart, lungs and joint linings, leading to long-term joint damage and chronic pain. For a Social Security disability claim, the […]

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Mental Illness, Homelessness and Disability

Having a disability is a factor that increases the risk of becoming homeless. In 2009, almost 38 percent of the homeless population had a disability, compared with about 16 percent of the total U.S. population. People with a serious mental illness are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Additionally, the nature of mental illness prevents many from […]

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How Many People Get Disability and How Much?

In December 2014, nearly 9 million disabled workers received social insurance benefits under the disability program. Since the passage of the 1958 amendments to the Social Security Act, the disability program has also provided benefits to the spouses and minor children of millions of disabled workers. In December 2014, 1.8 million children and 148,955 spouses […]

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