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How Residual Functional Limitations may get you Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

How Residual Functional Limitations may get you Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
If your condition does not meet the requirements of the SSA's Blue Book of Impairments, you may still be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance based upon your functional limitations. The Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program run by the Social Security Administration that offers monthly payments to people with severe condi...
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What are Functional Limitations for your Social Security Disability?

What are Functional Limitations for your Social Security Disability?
When applying for disability benefits, your functional limitations are the most important factor in considering your application. Your disability examiner (DE) will look at your medical condition as the topmost evidence required to evaluate your disability application's process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will primarily look for sympt...
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Social Security Disability Benefits for Congestive Heart Failure

Social Security Disability Benefits for Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure is the inability of the heart to meet the needs of organs and tissues for nutrients and oxygen. Congestive Heart Failure is a potentially hazardous condition which can prove lethal if the heart is unable to pump adequate blood to all the organs of the body to meet body's needs. Many factors lead to congestion in the arterie...
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Disability Benefits for Arthritis in your Back

Disability Benefits for Arthritis in your Back
The Social Security Administration, SSA views back pain disability in terms of how it affects your functioning, not the pain. It has divided the functioning difficulty in various listings depending on the severity of the limitations. If you have lower back pain, arthritis in your back, extreme pain in the back that limits your mobility or any other...
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Tips on Winning Disability for Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD

Tips on Winning Disability for Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD
Degenerative disk disease is one of the leading cause of back and neck pain causing disorders in daily functioning in Americans. The degenerative disk disease is caused by the prevalence of normal changes occurring in the body causing lower back and neck pains. People with degenerative disk disorder, DDD can feel sharp pains radiating in lower back...
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Disability Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disorder

Disability Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disorder
Degenerative Disk Disorder, or osteoarthritis of the spine is when some changes occurring in your spine lead to unbearable pains. The spinal disks, also called the shock absorbers of the family can show normal signs of wear and tear as people get older. However, some spinal disk changes such as 'dry out' or 'crack' can hurt more and even affect a p...
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Does Cancer mean an ‘Instant Approval’ for your SSDI Benefits?

Does Cancer mean an ‘Instant Approval’ for your SSDI Benefits?
Cancer diagnosis can be traumatic, painful and even financially draining – it sure does have a lasting impact in how your life goes on after the diagnosis – yet, not every diagnosis can be as fatal or aggressive as others. Cancer ranks in top 10 disabilities that people qualify for in SSDI benefits. The SSA is aware of this fact and thus, the disab...
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Disability Benefits for Thyroid Disease [2/2] - Thyroid Cancer

Disability Benefits for Thyroid Disease [2/2] - Thyroid Cancer
According to a report by Social Security Administration , every 1 in 4 people can face a severe disability before retirement age (65 to 67 in US). However, all individuals, whether they are 21 or 61 are vulnerable to catching unexpected impairments or circumstances at any point in their lives. Thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the lowe...
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Disability Benefits for Thyroid Disease [1/2]

Disability Benefits for Thyroid Disease [1/2]
Most Americans pay for Social Security almost all their lives, without noticing that the money is gone. This is because the money is cut out from their paychecks in Social Security taxes before the paychecks arrive their mails or bank accounts. Hence, many people contribute to the Social Security automatically. People pay these taxes for upto 35 ye...
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Social Security Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia

Social Security Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a long-term chronic condition which causes pain in the muscle and bones. Although it is listed in the SSA's Blue Book of Impairments under muskoskeletal impairments, people with a mere diagnosis of fibromyalgia are unlikely to win social security disability benefits on the basis of this report. Patients need to be specific as to wha...
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SSDI, SSI or Medicaid for early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease

SSDI, SSI or Medicaid for early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease
Social Security pays benefits to people who are disabled/impaired and unable to work. Federal law follows a strict definition of disability and the SSA has a list of rules for every type of impairment that has to be met in order to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. Under this condition, a person is considered disabled if: He/she...
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How to Qualify for Paid Family Leave for Corona Struck Patients?

How to Qualify for Paid Family Leave for Corona Struck Patients?
This blog discusses if Coronavirus is considered a disability and whether you are eligible for the Paid Family Leave or increased FMLA leave under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed by President Trump this year. The California State Disability Insurance, SDI under the EDD provides short-term disability insurance, DI and Paid Fam...
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California Short-term Disability Benefits During Coronavirus Pandemic

California Short-term Disability Benefits During Coronavirus Pandemic
One of the million concerns for the soon-to-be-retirees and the pandemic-unemployed-citizens have on their mind is whether and how long their saved money last to get through the pandemic. Almost 63 million people rely on Social Security benefits to make ends meet. Whereas, most of the American citizens rely on Social Security as a major chunk of th...
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Here is Your Formula to Increase Chances of Winning Disability Claims

Here is Your Formula to Increase Chances of Winning Disability Claims
Let's be honest, in an ideal world, all individuals having any kind of disability deserve the spiritual, financial, physical and moral support to help them get through the disabled life and assist them to survive. The Social Security Disability Insurance was developed by the federal government to help these individuals get through these difficult t...
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Signs you have Won your Social Security Disability Claims

Signs you have Won your Social Security Disability Claims
We often get the question: "Will I win my Social Security Disability Case?" when claimants are applying for their disability benefits. To be honest, there are some signs that may hint on whether you would win your disability case. Apart from your eligibility criterion and other conditions you may have met, there also non formal facts such as your j...
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Will Social Security judges approve more cases due to the Coronavirus crisis?

Will Social Security judges approve more cases due to the Coronavirus crisis?
The Covid-19 pandemic has already impacted how things work overall for the public. Meanwhile the Social Security Administration has also made a series of changes in its social security policies in how it processes your disability claims. For instance, the SSA is no holding more video teleconferencing hearings than in-person hearings, the hearing ap...
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7 Likely Changes in Social Security due to ‘The CoronaVirus Pandemic’

7 Likely Changes in Social Security due to ‘The CoronaVirus Pandemic’
If you understand how the Covid-19 may impact the Social Security, you might better be able to win your Social Security Disability Appeals by adapting to the new practices and regulations by the Social Security Administration, SSA. Although the SSA is still holding some in-office operations in its local offices, many of the staff is now working rem...
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Does owning a business qualify as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

Does owning a business qualify as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
One of the most frequently asked questions from our disability attorneys is whether a disability claimant can run a business and still qualify for Social Security Disability. The quick answer, if you have paid self-employment taxes (SECA) just like the regular taxes for the employed (FICA) over the years, then you are eligible for Social Security D...
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What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for SSDI?

What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for SSDI?
In addition to the medical requirements, medical records, physicians testimonies and enough work credits for AIME, you need to be unable to perform sufficient work under substantial gainful activity to be eligible for disability benefits. The SSA evaluates whether you are able to work enough work hours if you are currently working or not. If you ar...
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Should I wait for a Video Hearing or an In-person Hearing for my Disability Appeals Process?

Should I wait for a Video Hearing or an In-person Hearing for my Disability Appeals Process?
In an effort to reduce the heavy rush of people at the SSA's offices during the Covid-19, the SSA has introduced lots of new facilities online for you to benefit from. This includes being able to file for Social Security disability online, check your application status, check whether you have any upcoming payments, hearings etc In response to the t...
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