Social Security Disability

Can I Go Back to Work While Collecting Benefits?

a woman worker with a form, social securityIndividuals who collect SSDI benefits can continue to collect these benefits even after they have returned to work. While SSDI benefits can provide long-term income to help disabled workers recover, the benefits are not guaranteed to be permanent and the individual may need to return following a review of their disability status. […]

How Does The SSA Determine Whether Someone Is Disabled?

disabled sign, social securityDisability applicants are required to pass through a five-step evaluation process that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to ascertain if applicants qualify as “disabled” and are entitled to disability income from the social security fund. […]

New Rules for Social Security Disability

application. social securityThe Social Security Administration has finalized multiple new rules that will impact the way claims are processed and covered. It is important for SSDI applicants to speak with a social security attorney in Chicago in order to understand how these rule changes may affect pending claims and future benefits. […]

Disability Settlements – Accept or Continue to Trial?

While pursuing disability benefits, a claimant may reach the point where a settlement offer is made in which he or she will receive a certain amount of benefits that is less than he or she believes is owed. The claimant will have to weigh the pros and cons of accepting the settlement. […]

Social Security Disability May Be In Danger Under Trump Budget

dollar with flag, social securityWhile President Trump campaigned on a promise that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, budget director Mick Mulvaney recently admitted that the social security disability insurance and supplemental security income programs may be targeted for cuts. These programs are relied upon by millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, providing a vital lifeline to them. Mulvaney’s comments came when he appeared on “Face the Nation” on CBS on March 19 when the host asked if Social Security and Medicare would be cut. […]

Social Security Disability: Change Is in the Air

A blackboard with Social Security words, social security disabilityThe Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts an annual financial review that can have a significant impact on qualification rules, benefits amounts and other areas of disability for current and future recipients. For 2017, changes that individuals and Social Security attorneys should be aware of include: […]

How Recipients Lose Their Social Security Benefits

Social security disability offers a substantial relief for recipients, but there are some events that may trigger the Social Security Administration to cut off the benefits a recipient receives. Benefits may also be reduced to pay delinquent tax debts or old student loans. The SSA sets a medical diary date to determine a recipient’s continued eligibility for disability payments. In addition to possible medical improvements, people may lose their benefits if they earn more than the threshold amount of allowable income in a month or if they are imprisoned. […]

Are Disabled Veterans Guaranteed SSDI Approval?

closeup a foot on wheelchair, social security Disabled veterans can collect Social Security Disability benefits, but unfortunately a 100 percent VA disability rating does not guarantee SSDI claim approval. For Illinois claims, a Chicago Social Security attorney can explain the complex issues that are often associated with a SSDI claim approval. […]

Many Denied Social Security Disability Don’t Return to Work

A study conducted by the Office of the Inspector General found that only 27 percent of people who were denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or “disability benefits”) returned to work. The study was conducted pursuant to a regular audit of the disability benefits program to assess its effectiveness and control of wasteful spending.

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Mental Illness a Leading Cause of Disability

A depressed man in a dark room, mental illnessThe World Health Organization reports that mental illness is the leading cause of disability for individuals in developed countries. In the United States, approximately 25 percent of adults suffer from some form of mental illness, and it is estimated that nearly half of all American adults will develop at least one mental disorder during their lifetime. It is estimated that approximately 43.6 million adults over the age of 18 suffer from mental illness in any given year, and about 9.8 million suffer from a severe mental condition that is disabling. […]