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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Budget Cuts Could Be Coming to SSDI


What could cuts to the Social Security Disability Insurance program mean for me?

The Social Security Disability program evolved from the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program of the Social Security Administration (SSA).  Though the original program contained the term “disability” it did not in fact provide for disabled persons.  The law was amended in 1956 to officially form the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

What You Need to Know about the Medical Exam for Social Security Disability


What should I expect during the medical exam for SSDI benefits?

Certain applicants for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income disability benefits will be required to submit to a medical examination, also referred to as a consultative exam (CE).   The medical exam may be required where your application does not have sufficient evidence of your medical condition or if you have not been seen by a doctor for a considerable period of time.  While the medical exam can be intimidating, with some advance preparation and knowledge as to what the exam will consist of, you can complete the consultative exam and start receiving your benefits in no time.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Lose at Your Social Security Disability Hearing - Top Behaviors to Avoid


You’ve waited for so long and now, you finally have a social security disability hearing date. Don’t get excited just yet, having a hearing does not automatically mean you’ll be granted social security disability benefits. This will depend solely on what the administrative law judge (ALJ) deems just with regard to the circumstances. With that being said, presenting yourself well, avoiding certain pitfalls and having an experienced


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

SSDI Benefits for Cancer Patients


Can I obtain SSDI benefits if I have been diagnosed with cancer?

Battling cancer can leave you physically, emotionally, and financially drained.  Cancer patients may be unable to continue working on a fulltime basis.  For individuals who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, applying for Social Security Disability benefits could provide you with considerable financial assistance so that you can focus on getting well.  Our Read more . . .


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?


Social Security is a way for millions of Americans to get financial assistance if they are disabled. However, it is estimated that the Social Security Administration rejects about 57 percent of the applications received in New York.

If your application is rejected, there is an appeals process where you can plead your case to an administrative law judge, but this is not something you want to do alone.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a relatively clear standard to decide if someone is eligible for benefits, and has a step-by-step process that all applications go through. Having an experienced Read more . . .


Friday, March 3, 2017

Do You Qualify for a Compassionate Allowance?


What is a compassionate allowance and how can it help me?

Social Security benefits provide much needed financial assistance to individuals with certain medical conditions that limit their ability to work.  While SSDI benefits can be life changing, applying for and receiving benefits is often a lengthy process. Applicants may be forced to wait between four and six months to find out whether their claim has been approved.  Individuals who are denied benefits will wait even longer while going through the slow appeals process.  


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Monday, February 27, 2017

Social Security Disability and Epilepsy


Am I eligible to receive SSDI if I have epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a serious condition that impacts an estimated three million people each year.  Individuals with epilepsy may suffer seizures during the day or while asleep.  Their severity and intensity vary depending on the patient.  Along with convulsive or non-convulsive seizures, an epileptic will often experience fatigue, communication issues, and other disturbing symptoms following each seizure episode.  Epilepsy can be debilitating and could make it difficult, if not impossible to maintain employment.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Social Security Disability for Mental Impairment


There are many minor mental conditions that may not interfere with one's ability to earn a living, particularly now that there are so many medications available to treat mild anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other mental health problems. Nonetheless, severe psychiatric or developmental conditions often not only prevent patients from working, but interfere with normal everyday functioning. For those with such disabling conditions, Social Security Disability (SSD) is available. Because of the complexities of applying for SSD when you suffer from a mental impairment, you should make sure to engage the services of a


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Monday, December 26, 2016

Reviews of Social Security Disability Benefits


Once I have qualified for Social Security Disability do I remain qualified for the rest of my life?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability is a complicated, time-consuming one. It would be nice if once the government has determined you to be deserving of benefits as a result of your disability you could rest on your laurels. Government entitlements, however, are never that simple to hold onto. No matter how severe your disability is, the Social Security Administration will put you through your paces periodically. This is why it is so important to have a Read more . . .


Sunday, November 27, 2016

SAVE Benefits Act May Help Social Security Beneficiaries


What is being done to restore Social Security cost of living adjustments?

Before the 2016 election, Congressional lawmakers were said to be considering a measure, the Seniors and Veterans Emergency (SAVE) Act, to assist social security beneficiaries who were denied cost of living adjustments (COLA) in 2016. The one-time emergency payment, proposed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), would have provided $581 to recipients of retirement benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Previously, retirement benefits were hiked a mere $5 per month from $1,355 to $1,3660. The SSI adjustment was even less, $2 per month, taking the maximum federal benefit to $735.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Civil Service Retirement Disability


Who is eligible for Civil Service Retirement Disability?

If you believe you are entitled to Civil Service Retirement Disability from the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), you will have to provide your employing agency with documents supporting your claims of medical disability. Be prepared for the agency to make attempts to accommodate you so that you can continue to be productive on the job. It is best to have expert legal advice and guidance when trying to navigate any government program and CSRS is no exception. You should contact an


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