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What Are Compassionate Allowances?

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Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a challenge. The process can be long and arduous, as the government vets and re-vets applications while succumbing to its own administrative delays and complications. In the meantime, deserving applicants are faced with mounting medical bills, limited income, and uncertainty about… Read More »

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Can Anxiety Qualify You for Social Security Benefits?

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Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available for qualifying individuals who are either at least 62 years old or who suffer from a disability. Applicants often think that “disability” requires a physical impairment, such as blindness, deafness, or paralysis. The Social Security Administration (SSA), however, recognizes that mental health disorders can be equally debilitating…. Read More »

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Is it Possible to Receive SSDI Benefits Under The Age of 50?

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Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is an insurance program available to qualified workers who become disabled and unable to work. SSDI is available to eligible workers regardless of their means, so long as they satisfy the work credit and disability thresholds. Workers over age 50 have an easier time obtaining SSDI benefits, but even… Read More »

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What Does a Social Security Disability (SSD) Approval Letter Look Like?

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) is a payroll-tax-funded federal insurance program. The program is intended to provide supplemental income for people who are physically unable to work as a result of a disability. Securing coverage through SSD can be a difficult project, requiring the applicant to jump through a number of legal… Read More »

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What Do I Do if My Disability Claim Is Denied for PTSD?

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious, debilitating psychological disorder suffered by a large percentage of combat veterans, as well as many other Americans regardless of military service. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), around 7-8 percent of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives. Severe… Read More »

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The Appeals Council Denied My Administrative Appeal. Can I Appeal That Denial?

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As we recently discussed, if your application for Social Security benefits has been denied, you have the right to pursue an appeal. Your first step is to pursue reconsideration. If your application is denied upon reconsideration, you can then seek review by an administrative law judge (ALJ). If the ALJ renders an unfavorable opinion,… Read More »

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The Administrative Law Judge Denied My Claim. Can I Appeal?

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If your application for Social Security benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision to a higher authority. There are several levels of appeal, and whether you can or should appeal beyond a certain level depends on your circumstances. To learn about challenging a denial of Social Security benefits, read on…. Read More »

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I Have Been Denied Long Term Disability Insurance. Am I Eligible for SSDI?

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If you have become unable to work due to injury or illness, you have options available to ensure that you and your family are still provided for. Employer-provided insurance often either includes long-term disability insurance (LTDI) or offers LTDI as an additional purchase option. You can also purchase LTDI separately. You may be eligible… Read More »

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Workers’ Comp & SSDI Eligibility: Am I eligible for SSDI with a workers’ compensation claim?

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a complicated system operating on labyrinthine rules with plenty of pitfalls that can ruin eligibility. People who expect to rely on SSDI are right to be concerned about anything that might jeopardize their eligibility. Clients who are injured on the job, for example, may be concerned that accepting… Read More »

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VA Disability Rating & SSDI Eligibility: Am I Eligible for SSDI With a VA Disability Rating?

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Many veterans apply for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and veterans’ disability benefits (VA) at the same time. In fact, some veterans apply for and receive VA disability before they even apply for SSDI. If you receive VA benefits, are you disqualified from also receiving SSDI? If you have a low VA disability… Read More »

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