Social Security Disability

Disability Benefits to Increase Significantly With Next Year’s Projected COLA

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Social Security Disability beneficiaries will likely be seeing an increase in their payments next year which may be the largest in decades. This is due to growing inflation and the continuously climbing cost-of-living in the United States, which informs the automatic cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA. The COLA is based on how any increase in the…

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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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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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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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Could Major Life Changes Affect My Disability Benefits?

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A lot can happen in a year, or two, or three, and beyond. Significant life changes have the potential to change the entire course of your life, and if you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  benefits, it may change your status of eligibility. It is your legal obligation to…

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