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Social Security Disability Archives

A denied SSDI claim is not the end of the road

You may already know that many applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. In fact, from 2003 through 2012, the Social Security Administration reported that the number of disability claims approved on the first try averaged only 24 percent.

What can delay your disability benefits petition

It is no secret that obtaining Social Security disability benefits is no easy task. This is especially true given that more than half of all initial petitions are denied the first time that they are submitted. Additionally, the Social Security Administration is one of the largest bureaucracies in Washington (even though there are field offices across the country). Because of this, getting disability benefits can take a great deal of time. With that said, those who petition for benefits may get frustrated over how long the process may take.

SSA field offices to stay open later

In just over a week, daylight savings time is expected to begin. In our region, that is something that many people look forward to as a sign that our long winter is about to end. The promise of spring is just ahead, and that means that warmer weather and baseball season is just around the corner.

More people using handicapped placards illegally

When you go to the shopping mall to do your holiday shopping, chances are you that are not paying attention to the number of cars in the spaces designated for handicapped parking. It may not seem strange that these spaces are always occupied. After all, the holiday season brings everyone to the mall, right?

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, this post is for you

When you think about the receipt of Social Security disability benefits, you may consider someone with a chronic physical ailment that prevents them from keeping a consistent job. However, there are a number of Americans suffering from mental impairments that prevent them from doing the same. Indeed, many people diagnosed with depression may be receiving benefits, but many others suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be eligible for benefits as well. 

Small increase for Social Security benefits in 2015

For those receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) is an important announcement. Many people receiving these benefits count on them because they are their only source of income. So if they are going to continue to make ends meet, and they are unable to find or maintain a job, their benefits have to increase by some degree.

Group preserves disability stories in lead-up to 25 years of ADA

We've often written about the misconceptions that continue to swirl around Social Security Disability and disabilities in general. What we hear from too many politically motivated talking heads is that SSD is social welfare rather than social insurance. That's insurance, whereby workers' payroll taxes go into the system in order to provide coverage in the event of a disabling injury or illness.

Proposal requiring more medical information in SSDI applications

It seems we can expect the Social Security Administration to tighten rules concerning those applying for Social Security disability benefits.  The SSA has proposed that applicants provide relevant medical information to authorities.  It appears that such requires will even apply to applicants that are not able to work.

Are the unemployed defrauding SSD program? Researchers say no way.

Here is undoubtedly what critics of programs pursuant to which government benefits are distributed to select individuals wanted to see from recent university research findings: a misuse of the Social Security Disability program by people no longer able to collect jobless benefits.

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