Disability or Workers’ Compensation?

A person who is unable to work may seek financial assistance from a variety of government programs. Some may look toward disability programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Others may be more likely to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. How difficult is it to know whether you need disability…

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How Does the SSA Evaluate Cancer Based on its List of Impairments?

Frank didn’t know someone with cancer could get disability payments – until his wife, Rose, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since Rose was no longer able to work, the family finances suffered as the medical bills increased. Frank and Rose decided to see if she qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security…

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When Should I Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Sometimes it’s best to wait rather than rush into something. However, if you need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, waiting may create more problems. If you can’t work because of a medical condition, and you’re wondering when you should apply for SSDI, this article should help. When Is the Time Right? Generally,…

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What Is a Vocational Expert?

Nathan was shocked to receive a notice denying his application for disability benefits. He knew his arthritis made it impossible for him to continue working at the construction site and couldn’t believe the folks at the Social Security Administration did not see it his way. Nathan decided to appeal. When a vocational expert appeared at…

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SSI and Countable Income

The requirements for government programs are often difficult to understand. For example, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based government benefit program. This means that you must show need based on income and resources to receive benefits. SSI and countable income, though, is often difficult to understand. Who Is Eligible for Supplemental Security Income Benefits…

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