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Depression is one of the most common disability claims made on applications to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Depression comes in many forms and can be caused by any number of things. Depression or severe depression can be caused by, or make worse because of, […]

When you are living with a disability, it is important that you find ways to help yourself cope with your situation and improve your life as much as you possibly can. Many of the same things that were good for you before you became disabled are still good for you—even if you can’t necessarily perform […]

One of the most difficult challenges you may face in your life is adjusting to life with a disability. Sometimes we don’t really appreciate how lucky we are to be healthy. Then when our health is gone, we obsess about what we have lost. While you can’t go back in time and change what has […]

If you are over 65 and no longer able to work full-time (i.e., are disabled), you might be wondering whether you can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) or whether you should just go ahead and apply for your Social Security retirement benefits. In today’s post we’ll give you some things […]

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you may in fact be disabled but unless the evidence in the Social Security Administration’s hands (“SSA”) supports permanent disability, you will not be awarded disability benefits. Before you ever apply for disability benefits, here are a few things you can […]

2018 marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I. Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on November 11, 2018. Sometimes the disability benefits program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) gets confused with the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) program. However, the two […]

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it is possible that your family members could receive benefits too. Many people do not realize that in certain circumstances, family members can receive SSDI benefits. These benefits are referred to as… Auxiliary Benefits. Let’s get one confusing point about auxiliary benefits straight […]

Most of the time it’s not easy to make ends meet. Given the cost of living and the fact that most Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) checks are less than $2,000 a month, when you are living on SSDI, it can be nearly impossible. There are the regular financial belt-tightening things you […]

Given that one of the requirements for getting Social Security Disability Insurance benefits  (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is that you must have worked for 10 of the past 15 years at a job that pays into the social security system through FICA taxes, if you are a  stat-at-home-mom how can you qualify for SSDI? Well, […]

While the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is not known for moving quickly on  claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits s (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it does have several programs that expedite claims processing. Compassionate Allowance. The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program enables the SSA to quickly provide disability benefits to applicants who have conditions that […]