How Social Media Impacts Your Disability Claim.

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You wouldn’t think that having a LinkedIn account could be a problem, but sometimes, it can. Like when you are applying for or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Social Media Accounts and Disability Benefits. According to several recent articles, social media monitoring is a growing practice. It is becoming increasingly more common for insurers or … Read More

How Your Answers on Disability Forms Can Get You Denied Benefits.

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Because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies the vast majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims it receives, if you need disability benefits, you will want to do everything you can to improve your chances of being awarded benefits. To maximize your chances of a positive outcome, you should hire experienced counsel and you should take … Read More

Does Social Security Conduct Surveillance of Disability Applicants?

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Private insurance companies hire people to follow disability claimants around to gas stations, amusement parks, the grocery store, and even into the doctor’s office to see if they can catch them on camera doing things they say they can’t do. If you are applying for or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you might wonder whether … Read More

Why is it So Hard to Win Disability Benefits if Your Impairment is an “Invisible Disease”?

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It’s no secret that almost 75% of all applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are initially denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and that it can take up to 2 years to get a hearing once your claim has been denied. This may make you ask yourself, can winning disability benefits get much worse? … Read More

What Are “Invisible Diseases”?

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Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Pain. Anxiety. Chronic Dizziness. Depression. Migraines. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What do all of these disabling conditions have in common? They are all “invisible.” Invisible Disabilities. For purposes of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) some disabling conditions are obvious. If, say, a person is confined to … Read More

Will Your Claim Be Denied if You Don’t Follow an Aggressive Treatment Plan?

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An issue that frequently comes up in Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) cases is a claimant’s medical treatment plan. The Treatment Trap. As we have frequently noted in our blog, it is always important for disability claimants to seek regular medical treatment for their conditions. This is important not only for the health and wellbeing of … Read More

What You Do All Day Effects Your Disability Claim.

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Let’s say you’ve got chronic pain, degenerative disc disease, obesity, and a heart condition. Your medical conditions have made it impossible for you to work any longer. Months go by and your financial situation is becoming desperate, so you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Not surprisingly, in your SSDI application you will have to answer … Read More

2 Factors That Can Improve Your Mental Health Claim.

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The number of people with mental disorders, (excluding mental retardation) applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) has increased dramatically over the years. According to one study (McAlpine and Warner 2001) between 1991 and 1999 the number of people who received SSDI benefits because of a mental disorder grew by more 75 percent. Yet it still … Read More

What Makes Mental Health Claims Difficult To Win.

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Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are available for both physical and mental conditions that are severe and disabling. If you are living with a condition, or combination of conditions, that prevents you from working full-time or on a consistent basis, you can apply for disability benefits—regardless of whether your condition is physical or a mental one. … Read More

Can You Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

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Before you spend the time and energy required to fill out an application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you might want to do yourself a huge favor and figure out first whether you can qualify for SSDI. The best way to do that is to talk to an experienced disability attorney during a FREE consultation. … Read More