5 New Conditions in the Compassionate Allowances Program

Sally and her family were devastated when she was diagnosed with a rare, serious medical condition. Hospital stays and out-patient treatment would take all the time she had left. Sally could no longer work as she battled her disease – but the bills would keep coming in. She and her family needed financial support, and…

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What Is the Social Security Representative Payee Program

At age 8, Hunter started receiving Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”). Of course, he was too young to manage his benefits. Unfortunately, his mother was not capable of managing them either. They needed help. Jillian also needed help. At age 55, she was no longer able to…

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Understanding Your Social Security Benefit Verification Letter

Government benefits can be confusing. Applying is hard, but sometimes it’s even challenging to understand what benefits have been awarded to you. The Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) provides a Social Security Benefit Verification letter to people who receive Social Security, disability (Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI), Medicare, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.…

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6 Key Differences Between a California Disability Attorney and a Disability Advocate

Jason knew he should look at the big picture when working on his disability claim. But understanding what would happen as his case proceeded was a mystery to him. It made the ‘big picture’ hard to see. If you have never had a disability claim before, it can be difficult to know the difference between…

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Amid COVID-19 Restrictions, Social Security Rolls On

As they say in the entertainment industry, the show must go on. Even with the government shutdowns and coronavirus fears, people still need help from government agencies. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Social Security Administration staff continue working to make sure people get the benefits they need. Let’s look at some of the ways that Social Security…

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Does SSDI Treat Vision Conditions Differently Than Other Potential Disabilities?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a benefit offered to qualifying individuals who cannot work because of a disability. For people with serious vision conditions or blindness, the rules are slightly different. One reason is that these rules can help blind workers continue working. In this article, we will look at how SSDI treats vision…

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Can I Get a Stimulus Check and SSI at the Same Time?

Since earlier this year, we have faced a lot of upheaval due to the coronavirus public health emergency. The situation has become especially worrisome for people receiving needs-based government benefits. You may welcome the economic stimulus checks offered by the federal government, but worry that you will lose your benefits. In this article, we will…

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Ask a Social Security Lawyer: What Is My Onset Date?

Trying to file your own disability claim can become a real headache. Taylor discovered this as she attempted to submit a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The forms and supporting documents were a little confusing. The real problems occurred when she ran across terms that related to when her disability occurred. So,…

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