If You Are Awarded Disability Benefits, Keep These 3 Things In Mind

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Being awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is only half the battle. Holding onto them is the other half. So if the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) approved your claim and you are receiving SSDI benefits, keep these 3 things in mind. The SSA Has Reporting Rules You Must Follow. One of the first things you should … Read More

Felony Convictions and Disability Benefits

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What happens if you are disabled and can’t work, but you have a felony conviction? Will you automatically be denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)? Felony Convictions and the Disability Process. Whether you will be eligible for SSDI benefits if you have a felony conviction turns on what exactly is going on in your situation. So, … Read More

Don’t Make This Mistake If You Go Back To Work and Are Receiving SSDI

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While the majority of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) recipients are too disabled to go back to work, some can. You might be surprised to learn that you can go back to work and keep your SSDI benefits—if you stay within the rules. Working While Receiving Disability Benefits. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) encourages individuals to … Read More

Will I Be Denied Benefits If I’m Taking Medical Marijuana?

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An application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) can be denied for any number of reasons; not following doctor’s orders and drug abuse being among them. But what if you have been prescribed medial marijuana? Can your application be denied if you are following doctor’s orders? Medical Marijuana. So far, marijuana has been legalized in 23 … 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

Hearings, Evidence and the 5-day Rule

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Not very long ago the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) issued a new rule regarding submitting written evidence to the court for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearings. Before this rule, applicants (through their counsel) were allowed to submit evidence as soon as possible and preferably at least one week before the hearing. However, there was no official … Read More

Who Needs a Representative Payee?

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When disability prevents a person from being able to handle their financial affairs, there is help. If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) and need help with handling your finances, you might be interested in the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) Representative Payee Program. Representative Payee. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are available for both physical … Read More

How FICA Affects Your SSDI Eligibility.

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Nobody likes the 2 things you can absolutely rely on: death and taxes. But while death may not have anything to recommend it, sometimes taxes can actually be a good thing. Taxes paid under the Federal Insurance Contribution Act tax (“FICA”), which was passed in 1935 as part of the Social Security, help fund two critical federal programs:  Social Security … Read More