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Thursday, October 22, 2020

110,000 People Died Waiting For Social Security Disability Benefits


A shocking new report from the federal government’s non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that from 2008 to 2019, almost 110,000 people died while waiting for the government to make a final decision about their Read more . . .


Monday, October 19, 2020

Is It Better To Get Social Security Retirement Benefits Or Disability Benefits?


Life is a series of choices, and if you are in your early-to-mid-60s and no longer able to work, one of the most important choices you may be soon forced to make is whether to seek disability benefits or start collecting your Social Security retirement benefits. This is a question the Seelig Law team helps Manhattan residents wrestle with on an almost daily basis.

Is it really a choice?

As you have probably been warned, tapping into your Social Security retirement benefits before you reach full retirement age (FRA), which is currently 66, means you will collect less money per month for the rest of your life than if you wait to collect Social Security retirement benefits until you are FRA.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

What Happens If Your Disability Claim Is Denied?


If your Social Security Disability or SSI benefit claim has been denied, you are not alone. In fact, it is more common than not for such a disability claim to be initially denied. Fortunately, you still have options.


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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Why Are Disability Claims Denied?


The disability claims process can be frustrating. It can be long, involved, and complex. This is all on top of the fact that you need these benefits to provide financial support when you are unable to work due to a disabling condition.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

If Your Social Security Disability Claim Is Denied You Can Take A Mulligan


The official rules of golf say you must play your ball where it lies. The unofficial rules of golf allow players to take a mulligan. A mulligan is a do-over. It’s a chance to take another shot when your ball doesn’t end up where you planned.

In the Social Security disability world we have our own form of the mulligan — a robust


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Can People With Chronic Fatigue Caused By COVID-19 Qualify For Disability?


The longer this pandemic lasts, the more we realize how much we don’t know about SARS-CoV-2. At first, we were told it is like the flu. Then we were warned it is more serious than the flu, but only the elderly and infirm are at real risk. As New York was hit hard by the virus, we grew skeptical of this explanation, and rightly so. We now know it is difficult to describe exactly what COVID-19 is or predict who is at risk of becoming seriously ill from it.


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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Three Big Differences Between SSDI And SSI


If you are disabled and struggling to cover your expenses, you may wish to consider applying for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA has two different programs that pay disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Read more . . .


Monday, July 27, 2020

Social Security Administration Recognizes Blood Disorders As A Disability


There's a great new craze
That's sweeping the nation
Come on do the Circulation!

It starts with your heart,
What a great sensation,
Come on do the Circulation!

-School House Rock’s “Do the Circulation”

It’s not as well-known as the ditty about how a bill becomes a law, but “Do the Circulation” is a classic School House Rock hit. It emphasizes the importance the circulatory system plays in keeping us all moving.
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Monday, June 29, 2020

More Than Tired


New York City is known as the “City that Never Sleeps,” but for area residents that suffer from a severe sleep disorder, this is not something to celebrate. People with sleep disorders are often discriminated against and derided as lazy because healthy sleepers just don’t understand what it is like to be so sleep deprived you literally cannot function.

Fortunately, the federal government is more open-minded. People with severe sleep disorders are eligible to apply for Read more . . .


Friday, June 26, 2020

Committed To Getting Disabled New Yorkers The Support They Deserve


The Seelig Law Group is dedicated to helping disabled individuals in the New York City area tap into the disability benefits they deserve. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become notably more difficult to secure the care and financial assistance our clients need, but we have not become discouraged. Instead, we have redoubled our efforts to seek justice, enforce laws that protect the most vulnerable, and Read more . . .


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Just Because Social Security Offices Are Closed Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Apply For Disability


On March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed all of its local offices in order to protect its employees and the people it serves from the coronavirus. As the agency points out in its closure notification, the population it serves is made up of older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions, so limiting in-person interaction is prudent during the pandemic.

However, this does not mean that the federal agency as a whole has shut down.
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