Defining Disability: The Official Social Security Administration Disability Definition

Sometimes our true physical or mental condition is a gray area. What one person considers to be a disability another may feel is just a serious condition. For example, Joe feels his arthritis is a disability, so he applies for government disability benefits. However, Joe’s ‘feelings’ will not get his application approved. What really matters…

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Social Security Benefits for Same-Sex Marriages

The Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges held that same-sex couples could marry and have their marriage recognized by all states. This action, in turn, set other actions in motion. For example, spouses in a same-sex marriage now are eligible for certain benefits previously offered only to couples of the opposite sex. Why…

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Can I Get More than One Kind of Disability Benefit?

It’s natural to want to access all the help available to you. As someone who is unable to work due to a physical condition, your medical bills may increase while your income decreases. Fortunately, you may be eligible for more than one kind of disability benefit. It’s important to understand the requirements of each kind…

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Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders May Qualify for SSDI

Susan’s friends called her a “worrywart” because she always seemed worried about something. In time, she started having trouble sleeping, which lead to difficulty concentrating on tasks at work. No longer able to work, she sought medical help and learned she had several anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Next, Susan needed to find out if she…

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When Should I Apply for Disability?

Jason had many questions after learning his serious medical condition would prevent him from working. He asked friends and family for help getting to his doctor’s appointments. He asked the doctors what medical treatments he needed. And he asked everyone, “When should I apply for disability?” This was not a simple question, and he needed…

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Hire a Disability Attorney, not a Non-Attorney Advocate

Janelle could no longer work and wanted to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. She felt confused and overwhelmed by the whole process of applying for disability benefits. Janelle needed help but did not know where to turn. She knew she could hire a disability attorney or a…

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Disability or Not: How the Social Security Administration Processes Your Claim

It’s not always easy to know if you have a disability or not. How the Social Security Administration processes your claim may also be a complete mystery. In this blog, we will look at your disability claim through the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Application Process First, of course, you will complete…

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