How are Attorney Fees Calulated for Disability?

Wondering about how fees are calculated in disability cases? Here is a simple explanation! The fees are set by law at 25% of any back benefit won. The back benefit is the amount of any back pay that the claimant is awarded. The fee includes nothing from ongoing benefits forward in time. And it is […]

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What’s the Difference: SSI and Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two types of disability benefits: SSI, which stands for Supplemental Security Income, and SSDI, which is Social Security Disability Insurance. While both of these programs are designed for disabled individuals, their eligibility requirements and benefits differ significantly. Here’s a rundown of these two programs, and what you should do […]

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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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Unemployment Benefits and Disabilty Claims

It is tricky territiry for those who might consider applying for federal Social Security disability benefits while also signing up for state unemployment insurance. On the one hand, a Social Security disability applicant, to be eligible, is claiming that any kind of work is impossible. On the other hand, asking for unemployment insurance means swearing […]

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Long Term Disability and Social Security

People with disabling conditions are often overwhelmed by dealing with multiple insurance programs, including applications for Social Security disability. Anyone who has recent work experience may also be applying for long or short-term disability payments through employers. We can help. In recent years, disability insurance companies have become more cost-conscious, and often more adversarial in […]

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