Non-Medical Evidence Can Impact Your SSD Claim

While medical evidence is the cornerstone for deciding social security disability cases, other evidence, which is not related to the claimant’s physical or mental health, is considered as well. This non-medical evidence can have a significant impact on a disabled person’s claim. Non-medical criteria include things like age, work credits, work and education history, current […]

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What is Substantial Gainful Activity in Social Security Disability Cases?

As individuals proceed through the Social Security Disability application process, they are almost certain to come across the term Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). To those who are first time filers, this term is likely unfamiliar. It does, however, have a significant bearing on any Social Security Disability claim. In order to be eligible to receive […]

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When Children Need Social Security

Most people are aware that disabled adults can often qualify for Social Security benefits, and many may be aware that the children of disabled adults can typically receive benefits as well. What is not as commonly realized, however, is that disabled children may be able to receive benefits from Social Security in some cases. Social […]

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Reasons Why Your Disability Payments Can Be Terminated

After a claimant has been approved to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it is normal to continue receiving these benefits for years to come. However, there are several reasons why SSD benefits could be legally terminated that may require the assistance of a disability attorney. Improvement in Medical Condition All SSD recipients are required to […]

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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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Does a Pension Reduce Social Security Disability Payments?

A common concern among soon to be retirees is that their Social Security Disability payments will be reduced once they begin collecting pensions from former employers. Fortunately, for most people this isn’t the case. As long as an individual has paid into the Social Security system, these benefits are protected. Qualifying for Social Security Disability […]

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Maximizing Social Security disability benefits just got more important

No benefit hike for Social Security next year.” Tens of thousands of Cook County residents were shaken to their financial cores. For only the third time in the last 40 years, they would receive no increase in their Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Each month more than 150,000 people living in and around Chicago depend […]

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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 […]

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Social Security Administration Takes Closer Look At Mental Illness

In the United States, over 4 percent of adults suffer from a debilitating mental illness that erodes their quality of life, and makes it difficult to function in society. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to those whose mental illness is so severe that they are incapable of working. A nationwide focus on mental health issues […]

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Mental Health Conditions and Social Security Disability

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1 of every 25 American adults suffers from a mental illness that is so severe that it significantly interferes with their major life activities and ability to perform substantial gainful activity (work). While Americans who suffer from mental health conditions like emotional, psychological. cognitive or […]

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