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How Did the Social Security Disability Program Begin?

people lined up forming disability symbol July 16th, 2019

Nearly 63 years ago, the Social Security Disability Insurance program was signed into law. But how did we get there? In honor of the upcoming anniversary of the program’s passage, we take a look at how it all began. The Creation of Social Security  U.S. social workers and social scientists advocated for insurance that would…

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What Are Compassionate Allowances?

People clasping hands together June 27th, 2019

The Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program helps quickly identify disability applicants who have extremely severe medical conditions in an effort to reduce wait times. According to the SSA, a variety of organizations and experts were consulted to determine which conditions are considered to be Compassionate Allowances. These sources include The National Institutes of Health,…

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How Do You Know if Your Condition is Eligible for SSD?

middle aged woman looking pensive June 19th, 2019

You or a loved one may have a debilitating condition that affects your mental and/or physical health, and like many, you may be wondering if you are eligible for disability benefits. But how do you know if your medical condition is considered a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA)? The answer can be a…

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Investigation Requested into Doctors Paid to Review SSD Applications

doctor reviewing paperwork June 7th, 2019

The chairman of a Congressional Ways and Means Subcommittee has requested a federal investigation into the process under which states hire doctors to review applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. U.S. Representative John Larson of Connecticut has formally requested the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), the federal government’s fiscal watchdog, investigate how doctors…

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Attorney Lamey’s Decision in HARDVILLE v. Commissioner of Social Security Case Recently Published

Attorney Wesley Lamey May 28th, 2019

In the recently published decision, HARDVILLE v. Commissioner of Social Security, Civil Action No. 18-CV-12882 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 6, 2019), Attorney Wesley Lamey successfully represented a valued client of the Disability Attorneys of Michigan in front of Senior District Judge Bernard A. Friedman.  This case was remanded due to a flawed residual functional capacity (RFC)…

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What Are Social Security Disability Work Credits?

Office desk with laptop, coffee and notebook May 14th, 2019

In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) there are a number of factors that must be met, including having a disability that is expected to last for at least a year, as well as providing sufficient medical evidence and a solid work history. Social Security Disability is funded through FICA taxes that employees…

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What You Need to Know About Continuing Disability Reviews

person filling out a form with a pen May 8th, 2019

When you are awarded your Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) you may believe the benefits are guaranteed for a lifetime. However, it is important to know that the Social Security Administration conducts periodic reviews of those receiving benefits, called a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). As long as you are continuing to…

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Social Security Disability Fund to Last 20 Years Longer than Once Predicted

April 30th, 2019

In a recent report, the Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates the Social Security Disability trust fund will remain solvent until 2052—a stark contrast to the 2032 date they reported just one year ago. Future Predictions In the event the SSD trust fund were to run out of money, those currently enrolled in the program would…

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Nearly A Third of Workers with Rheumatoid Arthritis Stop Working Five Years After Diagnosis

Person working on computer with arthritis April 23rd, 2019

According to a study, approximately one-third of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis were forced to quit their jobs within five years of being diagnosed. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects nearly 1.3 million Americans. Symptoms of the disease include joint stiffness and swollen joints and severe pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can also…

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Can Family Members Receive SSD Benefits?

Family members April 22nd, 2019

If you are receiving Social Security Disability, your family members may be entitled to receive a portion of your benefits. These dependent benefits can be paid to a spouse, divorced spouse and children. Let’s take a closer look at the circumstances for each.     Spouse A spouse who is caring for your child who…

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