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What to do when Social Security Disability Insurance won’t pay because doctors can’t diagnose your disease

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Social Security disability benefits are available for people who have been working but become disabled and unable to work. If you are under 24 when you become disabled, you must have worked one and a half years during the three years before your disability began. For people over age 24, there must be a medical condition that is severe. The disabili...
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Social Security: Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis, MS

Social Security: Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis, MS
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease that disrupts a person's functioning due to deterioration of the myelin sheath near the nerves. It is an autoimmune disorder with varying symptoms for every affected person. Since the nerves are concentrated in the brain and spinal cord, the disease leads to various physical and neurodegenerative symptom...
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Social security disability benefits for disabled immigrants

Social security disability benefits for disabled immigrants
The Social Security Administration, SSA provides benefits to U.S. employees even if they are not native Americans. As long as you or an immigrant fulfills the mandatory qualifications for social security eligibility, they are good to go. You can qualify for social security even if you are not a U.S. citizen through your prior work credits earned in...
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How many work credits do I need to qualify for SSDI?

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The Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI program is one of the most inclusive federal benefits program that includes people of all categories as opposed to the Medicare and Supplemental Security Income, SSI, that only consider people of low income wage. To qualify for social security disability benefits you need to have worked in jobs listed ...
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Social Security Survivor benefits after the death of the disabled person

Spouse survival benefits
If a disabled person getting benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance program dies and leaves behind dependents who were previously eligible and recipients of the auxiliary benefits, may continue to receive the benefits even after the death of the disabled person. Let's face this: death is inevitable, it is not easy but it becomes even m...
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Can You Increase Your Disability Benefits?

​If you can't work, it is very difficult to support yourself and your loved ones. When a medical problem prevents you from being able to do any job you are qualified to do, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to determine if you may be eligible for disability inco...
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How Are Your Disability Benefits Determined?

Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration may be your only source of income if you become too disabled to work because of a physical or a medical condition.   A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to determine if you are eligible for benefits and can assist in applying for them.  ​How Are Your Disa...
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Who Decides If You’ll Get Disability Benefits?

If you have become unable to work as a result of a disabling condition, it's important to understand how the process of applying for disability benefits works. In particular, you need to know who decides if you'll be eligible for disability benefits and what criteria matters in determining eligibility. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can...
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Where Does Funding for SSDI Come From?

If you are disabled and need to obtain benefits, you may be able to get monthly income from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Many people are not sure how this program works, how it is funded, or whether it is a type of entitlement or welfare benefit. The reality is, you pay to fund SSDI and if you are disabled, you deserve to be able to...
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Should I apply for SSDI or Workers’ Comp Disability?

​If you cannot work because of an illness or an injury and you need compensation from a disability benefits program, you may need to decide which program to apply for. In particular, you may want to choose between applying for Social Security Disability and applying for workers' compensation disability benefits.  A Los Angeles disability benef...
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What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you may discover there are two possible programs through which you could obtain monthly income: Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.  There are important differences between the two programs, so you should strongly consider talking with a Los Angeles disa...
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Understanding Two Different Options For Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are disabled and in need of Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to understand that there are two possible options for you to claim benefits. The right program for you will depend upon which type of benefits you are eligible for based on your work history, household income, and financial resources. A Los Angeles Social S...
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