Wounded Warriors Have Expedited Claims Process

Wounded military service members can receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims. For example, Social Security will provide expedited processing of disability claims filed by veterans who have a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compensation rating of 100 percent Permanent & Total. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel, such […]

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Family Members are Eligible for Disability Benefits

One of the most important aspects of Social Security disability benefits is payments to qualified family members. It is also one of the important distinctions between SSI and Social Security disability: only workers who have paid taxes into the system are eligible for full family coverage. A family member may be eligible for a monthly […]

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Social Security Disability and SSI Payment Amounts for 2015

Social Security disability payments are quite modest! At the beginning of 2015, Social Security paid an average monthly disability benefit of $1,165. That is barely enough to keep a beneficiary above the 2014 poverty level ($11,670 annually). For many beneficiaries, their monthly disability payment represents most of their income. Even these modest payments can make […]

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National Cancer Survivors’ Day

In 2015, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer. This alarming statistic affects people and families all over the world. On June 7, we join Social Security to observe National Cancer Survivors Day. In support of this day, Social Security encourages checkups, early detection and awareness, while honoring the survivors who have […]

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Disability Age is Unpredictable

Disability is unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any age. Fifty-six million Americans, or one in five, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, or one in ten, live with severe disabilities. Disability is something many Americans, especially younger people, think can only affect the lives of other people. Tragically, thousands of young people […]

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Eligibility Rules for Social Security Disability are Unique

Eligibility rules for Social Security’s disability program differ from those of private plans or other government agencies. Social Security doesn’t provide temporary or partial disability benefits, like workers’ compensation or veterans’ benefits do. A recipient must be unable to do any kind of full-time work at all. To receive disability benefits, a person must meet […]

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Social Security Offices Expand Hours

Social Security announces as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays,. A field office that is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. will remain […]

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May is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Month

May is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month. It’s just one of the medical conditions that meets Social Security Administration’s definition of disability and is included on the agency’s Compassionate Allowances list. SSA expedites the benefit application process for applicants that fall under a category on the Compassionate Allowances list. Social Security can help people […]

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Complex Impairments Need Attention for Disability Claim

It is worth a reminder that the law requires the Social Security Administration to consider the combined effects of impairments— physical, mental or emotional —when making a decision about disability. The combination of such impairments may be disabling, even though each separately is not. Too often claimants do not tell Social Security, or even their […]

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Back Pain Claims Can be Challenging, But Can be Won

Cases of back pain, especially involving lower back problems, are some of the most challenging to prove in a Social Security Disability claim. Unfortunately, “objective medical findings” such as x-rays may not fully support a patient’s experience of pain and limited movement. A case of disability based on low back problems is sometimes a clear […]

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