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Why You Should Speak to a Lawyer Before Applying for Disability Benefits

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When you’ve become recently disabled, applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) is a step in the right direction toward getting back on track. Unfortunately, the process of applying alone through the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be overwhelming, discouraging, and confusing. In fact, around 70% of initial SSD applications are denied, regardless of their validity. …

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Do You Qualify for a Fast-Track Disability Benefits Decision?

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When applying for Social Security Disability (SSD), you must quickly familiarize yourself with a handful of new words, phrases, and concepts as you navigate the claims process. One of these to keep in mind is the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance Program, which speeds up the claims process for qualifying applicants. Currently, the Compassionate Allowance…

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Can I Qualify for SNAP Benefits While Collecting SSI?

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For many disabled Americans, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides necessary funds to support their household. Similarly, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps these individuals access the food and groceries they need. Often, recipients of these federally funded agencies wonder if they qualify for additional assistance. Fortunately, these beneficiaries may be…

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SSA Field Offices Reopening

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After SSA field offices were forced to close for nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are plans to reopen offices for in-person consultations as soon as possible. The federal agency has reached an agreement with its labor unions to bring 45,000 SSA employees back to its field offices in April.  This follows…

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When Approved For SSD Benefits, Do I Receive Them For Life?

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When applying for disability benefits, or finally beginning to collect following approval or a successful appeal, curiosity may build about the conditions of your monthly payments. For example, a question we are commonly asked is if disability benefits continue forever once approved. Typically, as long as you are disabled, you will receive SSD benefits until…

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How Can Child Support Affect Disability Benefits?

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If you seek disability benefits while paying child support, you must consider that this may affect your monthly payments in numerous ways. This depends on the type of benefits you receive, court orders, and the payment amount you receive every month. Having a disability attorney weigh in on your situation is vital for your best…

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What Updates Can I Expect in The Disability Hearing Process?

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When faced with a denied disability claim, you have the right to appeal the decision in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (or ALJ). However, there are essential steps of the decision-making process to consider before and after the date of your hearing, all with different statuses. Keeping track of these statuses alone can…

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Can You Receive SSD and SSI Benefits At The Same Time?

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In certain situations, applicants may qualify for both SSDI (Social Security Disability) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider it as “concurrent benefits.”  Two significant similarities that these benefits both share are they have the same standards for disability, and the SSA both administers them. However, being eligible…

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“Invisible” Disabilities to Consider for Disability Benefits 

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Often, when you mention the word “disability” to somebody, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is a wheelchair. After all, a wheelchair user is a universal symbol of disability nearly everywhere. Unfortunately, many people’s disabilities and chronic health issues are invisible and go unnoticed, but they are still severely limiting. According to…

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Questions to Expect At Your Disability Hearing

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If your SSD benefits are denied, you should request an appeal with a skilled disability benefits lawyer, which will require a a hearing. At a hearing, you and your lawyer will be communicating with an Administrative Law Judge (or ALJ) to support your case. You must do this alongside an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer…

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