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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April is Autism Month

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and […]

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Wondering About Taxes on Disability Benefits?

With April 15 looming on the horizon, many people ask questions about taxes on disability benefits. Some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your […]

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How Do you Qualify for Social Security Disability?

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, we pay monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability. […]

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US Disability Standards Strictest in the World

This is from a recent comment in the Columbus (OH) Dispatch, and very well put! The U.S. has by far the strictest set of requirements in the developed world; it is more difficult to win an award here than anywhere else. According to numerous sources, fraud amounts to less than 1 percent of total claimants. […]

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Benefits Paid as Claimant Dies

Here’s a heartbreaking story from Channel 11 in Atlanta, one that underscores the importance of having a lawyer help you with your claim early on. Melissa Kern, who suffered from ALS, spent seven long years pleading with Social Security to get her Social Security Disability Benefits–and for seven long years was summarily turned down. “I […]

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How Do Non-citizens and Nonresidents Get Benefits?

Social Security pays retirement and disability benefits to tens of millions of Americans. But the program doesn’t just provide for benefits to U.S. citizens. Indeed, even as controversy rages over the status of undocumented workers for various government programs, Social Security’s rules contain many provisions for resident and nonresident aliens, and some of them shock […]

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