Can Non-Citizens Receive Disability Benefits?

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One of the hottest issues in the press currently involves immigrants and what benefits they are afforded in the United States. And while the focus is largely on border security and immigration issues, there are other issues that have to be considered when considering the needs of non-citizens. Disability is a benefit provided for by social security and most recipients … Read More

4 Inspiring People With Disabilities

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Living with disability is a constant struggle. Just performing ordinary, everyday tasks can feel overwhelming or impossible. It takes enormous strength, courage, faith and support just to get through the day. Which is why today we are celebrating the outstanding and mind-boggling achievements of four disabled individuals who not only accomplished the ordinary, but the extraordinary. Stephen William Hawking (1942 … Read More

If You Go Back To Work, Do You Have any Rights as a Disabled Employee?

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The reason you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is because you can no longer work due to your physical or mental disabilities or impairments. But sometimes, a person’s disabling condition can improve enough to allow him or her to go back to work on either a part-time or full-time basis. Elsewhere in our social … Read More

Social Security Administration Takes Tough Stance on Fraud

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On September 27, 2018, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and its Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) announced the opening of three new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units across the country. These new units, which are part of the nationwide CDI program, will be responsible for identifying, investigating and preventing Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) throughout … Read More

2 Quick Tips That Will Help You Testify Well At Your Disability Hearing

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If your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) has been denied, probably the best thing you can do is to hire experienced disability counsel and appeal the denial and go to hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. When you do get to hearing, you will have to testify before the judge. You will be asked a … Read More

How Disability Bias Can Affect Your SSDI Hearing

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It’s sad but true: disability bias exists. And it can affect your Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearing. Here’s how. Bias and Social Security Disability Hearings. According to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) regulations, all disability applicants are entitled to a full and fair hearing.  While most Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) that decide disability case for the … Read More

Is There More Bias Against Mental Disabilities When It Comes to SSDI?.

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Bias against individuals with disabilities is a real and pervasive prejudice. Sadly, it is also a longstanding one in our society.  Disability bias affects the disabled not only in terms of access to public places, but within the medical community as well. It is responsible for misunderstandings, miscommunications and even medical errors as well as disparities in health care for … Read More

The Older You Are, The Easier It May Be To Win Disability Benefits

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Everyone knows that the process of applying for and obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is a long and difficult one. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is known for denying over 75% of all first-time disability applications made to them. It can take up to 5 months just to have your application processed and it can … Read More

A Look at Disability Bias

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Life is difficult enough when you or someone you love is struggling with a disability. If you have the misfortune to experience disability bias in your pursuit of disability benefits, things can be far worse. What is Disability Bias? People tend to be very judgmental. Prejudice against people with disabilities is a belief that people with physical or mental impairments … Read More

How Other Public Benefits May Affect Your SSDI Payments

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If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), you should be aware of how other public benefits can affect your disability payments. Other Private Benefits Will Not Affect Your Disability Payments. First, it is important to know that not all other disability payments you may receive will impact your SSDI payments. For example, disability payments that … Read More