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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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A Closer Look at Initial Level Disability Applications

December 11th, 2014

A senior economist with the SSA recently evaluated the impact of demographics, diagnoses, and local unemployment rates for both SSDI and SSI cases at the initial application level.[i] The probability of an initial allowance was found to be affected by these factors. For example, regarding demographics, older SSDI and SSI adult applicants are more likely to receive a favorable decision while the opposite is true for…

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Felony Convictions and Warrants Impact Social Security Benefits

November 28th, 2014

Not all felony convictions and warrants will keep an individual from collecting Social Security Disability and SSI. Specifically, an individual will not be eligible for these benefits if the physical or mental disability was created or aggravated (but only to the extent of the aggravation) while committing a felony or while imprisoned for a felony conviction after October 19, 1980.[i] A felony conviction is required;…

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SSD vs. SSI

November 1st, 2014

While Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are both programs providing benefits to persons with disabilities, managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), entailing the same medical requirements for evaluating an individual’s disability, the initial “technical” eligibility criteria are entirely different for each program. SSD is considered the work-credit based system funded by our payroll dollars. In other words, SSD recipients were workers that…

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Trends in Social Security Disability Affecting Applications and Awards

October 4th, 2014

The US government pays approximately $140 billion in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits each year – making it one of our largest entitlement programs. During economic downturns, applications for disability benefits typically surge, while the opposite is true in better economic times when more jobs are available. In 2010, for example, 2.9 million Americans applied for SSD, doubling the amount of applications from 10 years prior.[i] By…

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