Social Security Disability

What You Should Know About SSD Benefits and Divorce

man and woman signing divorce papers, wedding rings off October 17th, 2019

If you and a spouse decide to divorce, this is a major change in your life. In addition to the emotional aspects associated with going through a divorce, you are also forced to make many critical decisions about your future, including your finances. But what happens if a spouse has Social Security Disability benefits? Is…

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Tips for Using Social Media to Protect Your Privacy

Cell phone with social media apps displayed September 16th, 2019

Most of us have some form of social media. We use it to express our feelings, stay in touch with loved ones, remember birthdays and events, and share images. But one way in which it can be used may just surprise you. The federal government may use it to monitor if you are eligible for…

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How Much Will I Receive Each Month in SSD Benefits?

Social Security card and money August 27th, 2019

If you are approved for SSD benefits, the amount of money you receive will be based on the average of your lifetime earnings before your disability started. These are referred to as covered earnings, which you paid Social Security taxes on. How Does the SSA Calculate Benefits? The SSA uses an equation that takes into…

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SSA Hiring Freeze May Contribute to Increased Backlog in Disability Cases

stacks of paperwork August 13th, 2019

The Social Security Administration recently announced a hiring freeze, which could increase the backlog in Social Security Disability cases. Andrew Saul, the new SSA Commissioner, announced the freeze on July 31, and the notice stated the freeze was enacted in an effort to help improve hearings and field office wait times. The freeze affects all…

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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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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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The Differences Between Social Security Disability & Supplemental Security Income

February 5th, 2019

Everyone is at risk of developing a disability at some point in their lives. In fact, more than 25% of adults in their 20s will become disabled before reaching retirement age. Living with a disability can be incredibly difficult. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with expensive medical bills that are piling up after trips to…

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SSD Case Backlog Continues to Cause Delays

Calendar and hourglass on a table January 31st, 2019

A woman from New York was initially denied SSD benefits in 2012, and once her appeal was granted five years later, the battle was far from over. The SSA continued to give her the runaround regarding the benefits checks she desperately needed. This example makes the case for how important it is to partner with…

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