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Can You Obtain Social Security Disability Benefits for “Invisible Illnesses?”

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Many disabilities are evident just by looking at someone. When someone sees clues that another person has a disability (e.g. they are using a wheelchair), there is a common understanding that special accommodations should be made to help that person. But what about disabilities that cannot be seen? Just because a disability is not always…

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What Common Conditions Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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You may be confused about what conditions are covered under Social Security Disability. We break down the main types of conditions to keep in mind. Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue Disorders Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue conditions are those, which impact an individual’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. Diseases of this nature account for the…

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire an SSD Lawyer?

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If you experience a serious, long-term illness or injury that prevents you from working, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and worried about affording medical treatment and basic needs. While Social Security Disability benefits can help you during this difficult time, the process to obtaining benefits can be complicated and confusing. That’s why it is important…

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Can Gaps in Medical Treatment Impact Your SSD Case?

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An applicant’s complete medical records are important pieces of evidence to help prove your case. Therefore, it is critical to continue with your medical treatment and doctor visits to ensure your medical records are up-to-date. That’s why when there is a gap in treatment in your medical records and no reason is listed, the SSA…

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What Are the Income and Asset Limits for Receiving SSI?

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to disabled children and adults, or those over 65. However, in addition to meeting the SSA’s disability requirements, you must also meet income and asset requirements to be eligible. What Are the Income Requirements for SSI? In 2020, an individual who is applying for SSI must have no more…

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The Top 5 Reasons Your Disability Claim May Be Denied

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When applying for disability benefits, it’s important to know the main reasons claims can be denied in order to avoid these mistakes. Here are 5 main reasons why your disability claim may be denied. 1. You have a short-term disability In order to qualify for disability benefits, an applicant must meet the SSA’s definition of…

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What Happens to My Social Security Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?

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When someone receiving disability benefits reaches the age of full retirement, there are two major changes that will occur. First, your benefits will no longer be paid out via Social Security Disability, but rather through SSA’s retirement program. Fortunately, you will not have to deal with any interruption of payment during this period of transition….

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Can My Social Security Benefits Be Garnished for Debt?

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When you have creditors after you for getting behind on your bills, it can be very intimidating and overwhelming. Therefore it is important to understand your rights. Creditors who are looking to collect money from you are generally unable to garnish your Social Security disability benefits, whether it is Social Security Disability (SSD)or SSI (Supplemental…

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Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxed?

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With tax season around the corner, you may be wondering if your disability benefits can be taxed. It is important to know that although Michigan imposes a state income tax, it has made Social Security benefits fully exempt from tax liability. In addition, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not taxed. However, you still may be…

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How Long Must You Wait Before Applying for Disability Benefits?

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People may think that before applying for disability benefits, you need to be disabled for a specific period of time and wait to apply. But that’s’ not the truth. Let’s take a closer look at when you can apply for benefits, and why waiting to apply can actually be harmful. When Can You Apply? There…

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