Social Security’s Process for Evaluating Children’s SSI Disability Cases.

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Disabled children under the age of 18 can generally obtain disability benefits under the federal Supplemental Security Income program (“SSI”). The federal program for disabled adults and children over 18 is the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Supplemental Security Income. Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a financial “needs-based” program available to qualified disabled children and individuals … Read More

You Just Had a Heart Attack: Should You Apply for Disability Benefits?

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How can you tell if you should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)? What if you just had a heart attack? Should you apply for disability benefits? Here are a few things to think about Some Considerations. First, you should be aware that the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has strict requirements that must be met … Read More

How Can Children Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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Adults are not the only ones who can be beset by impairments, severe diseases, or disabilities. Heartbreakingly, many disabilities can affect children also. Children and Disability Benefits. There are several ways that disabled children can qualify for disability benefits. Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Generally, disabled children under 18 qualify for benefits under Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). SSI is a needs-based … Read More

What is Better, a Medical Source Statement or a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

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For Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims, there’s evidence, and then there’s evidence. Here’s what we mean. Medical evidence of disability is critical to your chances of winning your SSDI claim. But the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is particular about what medical evidence it finds convincing. Medical Evidence Must Be Current. One of the most important factors … Read More

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

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

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