14 Categories in the Social Security’s Listing of Impairments and Why They Matter

The Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) uses some unique tools to determine whether you are eligible for some benefits. For example, you must have a disabling medical condition to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). But how does Social Security make this important decision? One of the most important tools they use is the…

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Are You Ready for Your Closeup? Social Security Now Offers Online Video Hearings

It’s no secret that the coronavirus public health emergency has changed the way we do things. Even the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) has not been immune. Before COVID-19, people had the option of handling services by going to their local Social Security office. Telephone and online serves were, and still are, options. However, online…

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Plan for an Uncertain Future with Social Security Advance Designation

Many people who receive Social Security benefits are elderly or disabled. At some point, they may find they are no longer able to manage their benefits. Their family or another interested person might have to set up a conservatorship or guardianship in order to take over for them. However, that’s expensive and time-consuming. There’s another…

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Ask an SSDI Attorney: Can I Make Money While on Disability?

Some government disability benefits are complicated. Some, like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), are so difficult that many first-time applications are denied. However, maybe your situation is different. You already receive benefits but wonder if you can make money while on disability. It is possible, but you have to know how the system works. Work…

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How Long Does It Take to Process SSDI and SSI Applications?

When you feel terrible, it’s hard to wait for something that might help you feel a little more secure. But when you apply for government benefits, you seldom get a quick answer. For example, let’s look at Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Understanding how long it takes the Social Security…

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I’m Getting Disability Benefits. Is My Family Eligible for Benefits Also?

Marla and John both worked to support their three children. So, their finances really took a hit when Marla stopped working because of her debilitating multiple sclerosis. She applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and Social Security approved her application. However, her monthly benefits still fell far below what she had been earning.…

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