5 New Conditions Added to the Compassionate Allowance Program.

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On August 20, 2018, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) added 5 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. The Compassionate Allowances Program. The Compassionate Allowances program is one way in which the SSA expedites the processing of certain disability claims. It allows the SSA to quickly process the claims of those persons with the most severe conditions – like a … 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

How Your Answers on Disability Forms Can Get You Denied Benefits.

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Because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies the vast majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims it receives, if you need disability benefits, you will want to do everything you can to improve your chances of being awarded benefits. To maximize your chances of a positive outcome, you should hire experienced counsel and you should take … 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

What Are “Invisible Diseases”?

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Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Pain. Anxiety. Chronic Dizziness. Depression. Migraines. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What do all of these disabling conditions have in common? They are all “invisible.” Invisible Disabilities. For purposes of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) some disabling conditions are obvious. If, say, a person is confined to … Read More

Can Non-Medical Evidence Help With Your Disability Claim?

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Central to any Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claim is sufficient medical evidence of your disability and how it prevents you from being able to work full time. But what about non-medical evidence? Can that influence your disability claim? It certainly can. Medical Records and Test Results. To qualify for SSDI, you must document your current … Read More

Doing This One Thing Can Ruin Your Chances of Getting Disability Benefits.

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Not much can ensure that you will be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), but some things can almost guarantee that your claim will get denied. Here is one of them. Waiting Too Long To Apply for Disability Benefits. A number of things can derail your application: incomplete information, missing medical records, gaps in your medical … Read More

Credibility and Why it Matters to You.

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Credibility has been defined as: the quality of being believed. When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it’s not enough that you are “disabled.” You must also be believed. Things You Can Do To Improve Your Credibility Factor. One of the sad realities you must face when you apply for SSDI is … Read More

Why You Should Get a Medical Source Statement from Your Doctor.

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You may realize that your medical evidence is critical to your chances of winning your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). But not all medical evidence is “created equal” as they say when it comes to convincing the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) that you are “disabled.” One document that can positively influence your case is … Read More

Marriage and the Disabled Adult Child.

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Children who are over the age of 18 or who became disabled before the age of 22 can receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). But what happens to his/her SSDI benefits when, like most adults, that “adult child” to use the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) term, falls in love and gets married? Who Qualifies as an … Read More