Social Security Disability

Can I Go Back to Work While Collecting Benefits?

Individuals 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. Because of this, […]

How Does The SSA Determine Whether Someone Is Disabled?

Disability 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.The SSA is responsible for administering social security insurance income to people when they retire and disability benefits to people […]

New Rules for Social Security Disability

The 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. The “Five-Day” Rule This change to SSDI […]

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. (Article continues below […]

Social Security Disability May Be In Danger Under Trump Budget

While 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, […]

Social Security Disability: Change Is in the Air

The 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: Work Credits: To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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.

Are Disabled Veterans Guaranteed SSDI Approval?

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. Claim Evaluations The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Veterans Administration […]

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. Claimants apply for disability benefits through their respective state agencies. The state agency makes an initial determination, either approval or rejection.

Mental Illness a Leading Cause of Disability

The 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 […]