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

Can Side Effects from Prescribed Medications Be a Disabling Condition?

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We often get asked whether certain conditions, like anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, etc. can qualify as a “disability” for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). But what about something a bit more difficult than a specific condition? What about side effects from prescribed medications? Can they qualify as a disability? Let’s see. The … Read More

What Does a Medical Consultant do on a Disability Case?

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Not surprisingly, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), which administers the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) program, employs doctors to assist with disability determinations. Medical Consultants and Medical Examiners. When and individual applies for disability benefits, the claim goes to the state Disability Determination Services (“DDS”) to be reviewed and processed by a disability examiners. The disability … Read More

3 Resources To Help Guide You Through The Disability Benefits Process.

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If you have looked into what it takes to get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) even just a little bit, you will see that it can be pretty complex, time-consuming, and complicated. In today’s post we want to give you 3 resources that can help guide you through this confusing process. Helpful Resources. The Social Security … 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

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

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

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