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Friday, May 18, 2018

SSD and Heart Conditions

Every year, over 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to newly developed heart disease in adults, many children are born with heart defects. It is estimated that over 1 million children and 1.4 million adults have a congenital heart defect. Heart disease or a heart defect can affect your ability to perform certain occupations, as such, some heart conditions will qualify you to...


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Thursday, April 26, 2018

10 Things You May Not Know About Long-Term Disability in New York

An illness or injury can result in a disability that prevents you from working. It can be very frustrating and frightening to know that you will not be able to earn an income to support your family and yourself. In New York, most employers are required to carry short-term disability policies that cover their employees. However, your employer may also carry a long-term disability policy that can provide benefits after the short-term benefits expire.


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SSD Claimants Routinely Wait Four Years for Benefits


How can I speed up the SSD claims process?

A New York resident recently reached out to the media to reveal his horrific experience in seeking Social Security Disability benefits. The Southtowns resident applied for SSD benefits four years ago. He suffers from a terminal illness that has left him disabled.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Work Credits for SSDI

How many work credits do I need to receive SSDI benefits?

It is estimated that approximately 56.7 million people have a disability in the United States, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. For those with a serious disability, holding a job may become impossible, leaving them financially vulnerable.


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Friday, March 23, 2018

Can A Disabled Person on SSDI Have An S-Corp or LLC?

One of the many concerns that clients seeking disability benefits have is what to do with their business interests. They are concerned that they will not qualify for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) if they have any significant income or assets. The good news is that you can qualify for SSDI if you have an S-Corp or LLC.


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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

SSD and Mental Illness

Can I receive Social Security Disability benefits for depression?

It is believed that one in five Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, according to reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Common mental illnesses include depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. While some Americans with mental illnesses can perform their day to day activities without issue, others with more serious conditions may find themselves unable to handle job and living tasks. At times, Americans with mental illnesses may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Do I qualify for Disability Insurance if I am Self-Employed?

I am Self-Employed in New York - Do I Qualify for Disability Insurance?

When you are self-employed, you have to take care of all the things an employer would handle for you. You set up your own retirement account and buy your health insurance. Do not forget to cover yourself with insurance in case you end up with a disability that keeps you from working.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Can I be Fired While on Long Term Disability?


You have suffered a severe illness, disease, or injury that has caused you to be away from work on long-term disability (LTD). In addition to dealing with your ongoing health issues and the resulting changes to your life, you are probably stressed out over whether you may lose your job while you recover. If you have suspicions that this may happen, talk with a long-term disability insurance claims lawyer.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Preparing for the SSD Hearing


What will happen during the SSD hearing?

The fact is that over half of all SSD claims will initially be denied.  If your initial claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal.  In New York and many other states, you may be able to appeal your application to an administrative law judge who will conduct a Social Security Disability (SSD) hearing.  It will often take over a year to get your hearing date.  You will want to ensure you come to the hearing armed with sufficient evidence to support your claim for disability benefits.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits


Who is eligible for SSI benefits?

The Supplemental Security Income program or SSI is administered by the Social Security Administration.  It provides monthly benefits to disabled, blind, or elderly individuals that have few resources and a limited income.  For struggling individuals, SSI benefits can be lifesaving.
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo


The radio program Marketplace recently featured a story about the backlogs for Social Security Disability Insurance applicants that in some cases have gone on so long the applicant died before ever receiving benefits.  In fact, in 2016 alone about 7,400 people died waiting for their SSDI cases to be heard.  While this certainly doesn’t happen to everyone, it obviously happens far more often than it should.
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