Social security disability articles include information about how to appeal an SSD denial and preparation for a hearing.

Is Depression a Disability Under the ADA?

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Some disabilities are invisible to the outside viewer, but that does not make them any less legitimate when it comes to disability claims. Depression and other mental or emotional disorders can qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the ADA, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially […]

How Do I Prove I Have a Disability?

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It’s not as easy as it sounds. There are countless stories about those denied disability benefits, so we’re not lacking in the experience. However, what many claimants don’t know is that there is a way to really prove that you deserve those benefits. There Are Multiple “Legal Definitions” of Disability And the tricky thing is […]

I’m a Veteran, and My Disability Benefits Were Denied. What Can I Do?

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The important thing to know is that you’re not alone. Dozens, potentially hundreds, of applications are routinely denied due to everything from incomplete forms to incomplete information or even lack of medical evidence. In fact, first-time applicants stand a pretty good chance of denial—an estimated 65 percent of all disability applications are denied— even though […]

How to Get Long-Term Disability Insurance Approved

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Do You Know These Disability Stats? (from Council of Disability Awareness) The most common long-term disability claims are due to: Musculoskeletal disorders Cancer Pregnancy Mental Health Injuries. Fewer employers today are offering benefits to workers. Almost half of American adults cannot pay a sudden bill of $400 without taking out a loan or selling something. […]

Can I Receive Social Security Disability?

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Social Security provides financial assistance for those with disabilities. People in these situations can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Those who apply for and successfully receive Social Security may receive benefits to help them live as they are unable. However, these programs differ in a few important ways, and […]

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What Should I Know About Retirement Planning?

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Preparing for retirement can be a complex process, but fortunately lawyers can ensure that those considering retirement have legally sound, effective retirement plans. Attorneys who specialize in elder law, estate planning law or probate law may be able to assist clients with retirement preparations. These attorneys may be able to handle all the details concerning […]

Who is Going to Be the Next Social Security Commissioner?

Acting Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin has been chosen to lead the agency permanently. Last month, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Colvin to the job. Colvin has served as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for the Social Security Administration (SSA), a position she has held since January 2011. She has […]

Prostate Cancer Added to Compassionate Allowances List


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced that it has added prostate cancer to the list of medical conditions allowed under its Compassionate Allowances (CAL) program. The program allows for the expedited process of disability benefit decisions. In addition to prostate cancer, 12 other types of cancers, as well as other disorders that affect the […]

Can the Social Security Administration Look at My Social Media Accounts?


Several members of Congress said last month that the Social Security Administration and administrative law judges (ALJs) have not done a good job reviewing claims to determine if they are fraudulent. The representatives have proposed changes, including to social media policies, to review applicants. Rep. James Lankford and Rep. Jackie Speier said Social Security Administration […]

SSA Cuts Have Led to Busy Signals and Customer Services Issues


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has undergone a series of service cuts in order to save money, which has led to issues. According to Reuters, the agency stopped mailing annual statements in 2011 in a budget-cutting move that saves $70 million annually, with Americans given the option to check statements online. In addition, the SSA […]

Back Injuries Number One Cause of Disabilities


TIME Magazine reported recently that about 1 in 10 Americans suffer from lower back pain, making it the number one cause of job disability around the world. The magazine reported that Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on lower back pain treatment, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). […]

Obama Administration Will Not Propose Chained-CPI Social Security Cuts

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The White House confirmed recently that President Barack Obama would not push for a proposal that would reduce Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. The Obama administration announced last month that it would not pursue chained-CPI (consumer price index) in its proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The move […]