Social Security Disability Benefits

Claiming Social Security Spousal Benefits

A married person who has never contributed to the Social Security fund may still be eligible for Social Security benefits if his or her spouse paid into it. Both spouses must meet certain criteria in order to claim the spousal benefit. Age Requirement Before a spouse can claim the spousal benefit, he or she must Read More

Calculating SSDI Benefits

Individuals who are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance will receive benefits based on their average lifetime earnings. These payments can range from $700 and up to $2,687 per month. On average, recipients receive payments of $1,171 per month. Calculating Benefits Benefits are calculated based on the amount of Social Security taxes the individual has paid Read More

Lifeline Program Helps Social Security Beneficiaries Manage Online Benefits

On July 30th, thousands of Social Security recipients lost access to online account management because of a new government regulation. The new rules require beneficiaries to have a cell phone that receives text messages in order to improve account authentication. Seniors Struggle While the measure was intended to improve security, the new rules create several Read More

Autism: Disability Benefits For Children And Adults

Autism has become increasingly prevalent in the U.S. and both children and adults on the autism spectrum may be eligible for SSI or SSDI if they meet the requirements. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 68 children born today are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. These disorders are lifelong and range in severity. Some people who have autism will never be able to work and may require lifetime care. High-functioning people who have autism may have social impairments that cause them difficulty with finding and keeping jobs. A social security lawyer in Chicago helps his or her clients who have autism with collecting the documentation they need to support their disability applications.

SSDI Appeal Levels

After an applicant receives a denial for social security disability insurance or supplemental security income, there are four levels of appeal that are available to him or her. If the applicant receives an approval at any level of appeal, he or she does not need to continue with the additional levels. A disability attorney in Read More

Obtaining Children’s Benefits When You Are Disabled

When one or both parents qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, dependent children may qualify to receive SSDI benefits as well. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), approximately 4.3 million children in the United States receive Social Security benefits because one or both parents are either retired, deceased, or disabled. Child Eligibility Read More

New Evidence Requirements for Disability Claims

In April of 2015 a new regulation took effect that now requires Social Security claimants and Social Security lawyers in Chicago to provide all evidence that could either support or detract from a social security disability claim. Additionally, the “rules of conduct and standards of responsibility” for legal representatives have also been modified by the Read More

Choosing the Right Time to Submit Your Social Security Application

When an individual suffers from a mental or physical disability that is expected to last more than one year, it is vital that he or she submits an application for social security disability benefits as soon as possible. Waiting too long to file for disability can have a significant impact on the outcome of a Read More

70% of Initial Social Security Disability Claims are Denied: What Now?

Every year, millions of Americans apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies 70 percent of initial claims. Forms of Social Security benefits There are two forms of Social Security benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to an individual if they are “insured,” that is, if the person Read More

Americans are Living Longer, but in Poorer Health. What this Means for Social Security.

As new medical technologies make their way into widespread use, people are living longer.Unfortunately, many who benefit fromthese advances find themselves dealing with a long-term disability,often before retirement age. This could lead to changes in policy and the way that social security disability programs work. Evidence of Increased Disability Rates One study by the University of Read More