Cancer: What to Do When You Can’t Work

A cancer diagnosis is devastating. In addition to life-or-death decisions, patients have to worry about being unable to work while battling their disease. There are times when an individual going through cancer treatments can qualify to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. It’s important to know what to do when you can’t work because of cancer.…

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Which Benefit Do I Need: Workers’ Compensation or Social Security Disability Insurance?

Sam and Emma were concerned when Sam was injured at work. His doctors ordered rehabilitation, but also said he might be unable to work for the rest of his life. Emma started looking into benefits that would help while Sam was disabled. She had trouble deciding if Sam should apply for workers’ compensation or Social…

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What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a government program managed by the Social Security Administration to assist disabled people. The same is true for the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (“SSDI”). However, though the names are confusing, it’s important to know the difference between SSI and SSDI. Eligibility One big difference between the two programs is…

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What’s a Vocational Expert and Why Is the Vocational Expert at My SSDI Hearing?

Martha has suffered from fibromyalgia for several years. When she finally accepted the fact she could no longer work, she applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. She and her attorney worked through the application process together. Now, they appeared at her SSDI hearing. Martha was surprised to see someone called a vocational expert in…

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