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How a Seizure Diary Can Win Your Social Security Disability Claim

People who want to claim Social Security disability benefits for seizures must prove that they are having them in spite of their medications. A seizure diary is useful for both managing their condition and serving as supporting evidence for their claims with the assistance of a Social Security law firm in Chicago. To prove that […]

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New Rules May Impact Social Security Disability Claims

Social security disability insurance benefits adjudicators were previously required to give added weight to the opinions of applicants’ treating physicians, but that rule has been eliminated, making it potentially more difficult for people to get approved for disability benefits. The old rule, which was called the treating physician rule, was eliminated when new regulations went […]

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Tips for Filing a Social Security Disability Claim

When filing a Social Security disability claim, an individual must follow a strict set of rules and regulations set by the Social Security Administration. In Illinois, a Social Security attorney Chicago can explain the filing process and oversee guideline restrictions to ensure best results. Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability? The Social Security Administration (SSA) […]

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The Compassionate Allowances Program For Disability Applicants

Compassionate Allowance, a provision in the Social Security Act, provides a means through which eligible applicants may have their social security disability insurance applications processed in as little as ten days. The agency has a list of 200 qualifying conditions that are considered to be severe enough that they automatically qualify for disability. People who […]

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Saving While On Social Security Disability

Collecting Social Security Disability benefits does not mean that an individual cannot save money while they are receiving their benefit. Both SSI and SSDI have different rules regarding savings and asset limits, and Illinois legislators and regulators are working to make saving easier for individuals collecting these and other social insurance benefits. Income and Asset […]

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Pursuing Disability After a Claimant’s Death

When a disabled person passes away, it is sometimes possible for certain family members to file a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, or pursue one that has already been started on behalf of the individual. Federal law regulates who may file or continue such claims, and which disability programs […]

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Social Security Denials Continue to Rise

New Social Security disability claim approvals continue to fall from their peak of over one million in 2010 and 2011. In 2014 and 2015, an applicant for disability benefits had less than a one in three chance of approval. An applicant in 2001 had nearly a 50% chance of approval. Other statistics also show that being granted Social […]

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Congress Talks SSDI Reform…Again

SSDI benefits would continue through 2016. It also halted a planned 20% benefits cut affecting Social Security claims Chicago and across the country. The last-minute save brought renewed demands for SSDI reforms. New SSDI Reforms are Already on the Books Congress talks a lot about SSDI reform. It’s no surprise that they used December’s must-pass budget bill as an […]

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How Will the 2015 Changes to Social Security Affect You in 2016?

For many, Social Security plays a big part of their retirement planning, so much, that they may require the advice of an attorney for Social Security. This year there are significant changes to the program because of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and current economic factors. Elimination of Unintended Loopholes Until now, some married […]

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Will Social Security Face Cuts in 2016?

Although Americans have been hearing of the potential crisis surrounding Social Security benefits for years, changes that could be detrimental to the survival of the program could be closer than many think. According to the Social Security Administration, the program, formally known as OASDI, is in serious trouble. If changes are not made soon, the […]