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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 […]

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 […]

Some people may think it’s just a matter of luck whether or not  the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) awards you Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Not so. When it comes to evaluating SSDI claims, the law requires the SSA to address specific issues in a specific order. This is what is known […]

Sometimes it takes so long to finally get a Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearing, that people wonder what it takes to get a hearing date. The answer is…time. Lots of it. Social Security Disability Hearings. The reason why you request a hearing date is because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has […]

Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a needs-based program administered by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Because eligibility for SSI is determined based on your income and financial resources, any changes to your income or resources must be reported to the SSA. Here are only 3 life events that may change your income or finances which […]

For attorneys, the facts of a case are what drive everything. Attorneys develop strategies and theories around the facts of a case. Non-attorneys, however, are not always so experienced in handling facts. When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”),  it is important that you be able to handle any […]

As the old saying goes, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” If you will be attending an administrative hearing of your Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claim, you would do well to keep that saying in mind. Oh, Behave! How to Behave at Your Administrative Hearing. Administrative […]

By now you may know that getting Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is a long and frustrating process. And, like many of our clients, you may want to move that process along faster because you feel you are in “dire need” of benefits. But in the world of SSDI, “dire need” has […]

It can take a long time to get a decision on your application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). During that time, many applicants need some kind of financial and medical assistance but they are unable to work. So what can you do? While you wait, you may be able to […]

If you are denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), probably the best thing you can do to improve your chances of ultimately being awarded benefits is to appeal. But how long do you get to file an appeal? The Appeal Process. In most states (Missouri has 3) there are 4 levels […]