Social Security Disability: The Ultimate Waiting Game

November 22nd, 2016

The process for Social Security Disability is not an easy one, and it certainly is not fast. At the initial application level there are very low approval rates, extremely over-worked Social Security employees, and incredible hardships faced by the claimants. All of this mixed together results in a frustrating experience for the person who is…

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What The Camp Lejuene Rule Change Means For Veterans

September 16th, 2016

An upcoming rule change from the Department of Veterans Affairs is a major step in the right direction for thousands of our veterans. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina was found to have had a water contamination between 1953 and 1987. This has led to many veterans suffering from debilitating diseases. The…

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Could a ‘Compassionate Allowance’ Help You Get SSD Benefits Sooner?

June 3rd, 2016

If you have a disability that prevents you from working, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may provide the lifeline you need to help pay your bills. Unfortunately, the process of applying for and being approved for SSD often means a lengthy wait time that could delay receiving the help you need for months or even years. The…

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Should SSD Recipients with Mental Illness Lose Their Guns?

May 20th, 2016

In light of increasing reports of gun violence, the right to own a gun and the requirements for carrying a lethal weapon have been fiercely debated throughout the nation. Proponents for stricter gun licensing often advocate taking steps to prevent those with a history of mental illness from obtaining a weapon as one of the…

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How to Increase Your Chance of Being Approved for SSD

October 27th, 2015

The application and appeal process for Social Security Disability benefits in Michigan can be both complex and lengthy, making the experience especially overwhelming when going through the steps alone. However, there are many factors to keep in mind that could increase your chances of being approved, even at the initial application stage. At the very least, these factors could…

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Top 5 Challenges for a Detroit Veteran

July 6th, 2015

In Detroit, veterans of the U.S. military face many challenges each day. From acclimating to civilian life after lengthy deployments to applying for and receiving disability benefits, navigating the world of veterans’ assistance programs can be complicated. What are some of the most significant challenges facing veterans in Detroit today? Let’s take a look at the top issues faced by members of the armed forces. Applying for and…

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Caregiver Program for Post-9/11 Veterans

June 11th, 2015

The VA recognizes that family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our veterans; they help by allowing the veteran to stay in the homes and communities they once fought for which has been shown to enhance their overall health and wellbeing. Under the “Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010,” seriously injured post-9/11 veterans and family caregivers may be eligible for additional…

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Social Security Disability

June 2nd, 2015

Oftentimes, Social Security and even some adjudicators fail to understand the severity of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), making it even more difficult for individuals who suffer from the disorder to obtain benefits they desperately need and deserve. Even some health care providers are skeptical about the diagnosis with the notion that CFS is a psychogenic illness or even a “figment of the patient’s imagination.”(1)  CFS can be…

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New Evidence Rule for Michigan Disability Claims

May 28th, 2015

On March 20, 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published new rulings on the submission of evidence, including evidence that may be adverse, for disability claims. Prior to the new regulation, claimants were only required to submit “material” evidence that proves disability. This new regulation, however, removes the materiality standard and requires claimants to inform SSA about or submit all evidence that relates to the disability known…

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Disability Benefits for Children and Dependents

March 16th, 2015

When an individual becomes disabled, certain family members may also qualify for benefits based off their work record. Children under 18 years of age (or until 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or high school), may be eligible for dependent’s, or auxiliary, benefits stemming from their parent’s Social Security earnings record. The child need not be disabled to obtain benefits as a…

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