Social Security Disability

How to Win a Social Security Disability Federal Court Appeal

Winning a Social Security Disability federal court appeal requires a claimant to follow the procedural rules for appealing at the federal court level. Additionally, the claimant should identify the errors the Social Security Administration (SSA) made when deciding his or her claim. Because of how legally complicated the appeals process for federal courts is, people Read More

How Much Can You Earn and Still Keep Your Social Security Disability?

Many people receiving Social Security Disability can work part-time without losing their disability benefits as long as their earnings do not surpass a set amount per month. Disability benefit recipients should consult a disability lawyer to determine whether they can earn extra income without losing their benefits.  Working Part-Time While on Social Security Disability The Social Read More

How Does a Lump Sum Settlement Affect Social Security Disability?

Injured workers in Illinois can accept a lump sum payment in a workers’ compensation settlement and still receive monthly social security insurance disability payments. However, they need the help of an attorney to ensure the workers’ comp settlement has specific language preventing the unintentional offset of their disability payments. What is Workers Compensation? Illinois requires Read More

Do You Need to Hire a Disability Lawyer to Get SSDI Benefits?

Applying for Social Security disability benefits doesn’t require an attorney or advocate, but there are some good reasons why it’s better for claimants to retain one. Claim approval rates, processing denials, the risk of mistakes in paperwork, and the complexity of the application process are just some reasons claimants benefit from retaining a disability lawyer. The Odds of Read More

How Social Security Disability Lawyers are Different from SSDI Advocates

The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows an applicant to have professional representation to help with the claim. This help could be provided by a disability attorney or disability advocate. Disability attorneys are legal representatives that help guide applicants through the claims process and, when necessary, fight denials. Disability advocates are those who have passed an SSA-administered exam and met Read More

Metastatic Breast Cancer? You May Qualify for Disability

People diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) may soon access Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Medicare coverage faster than the current laws allow. Senator Susan Collins recently co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the 5-month waiting period for SSDI benefits and 24-month waiting period for eligibility for Medicare coverage for metastatic breast cancer Read More

What to Do if You Disagree with Your SSDI Determination

A person who disagrees with the Social Security Administration’s decision on his or her claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can file an appeal to have the agency review the case. Claimants requesting an appeal have a right to representation, so they can work with a long-term disability attorney to boost their chances of Read More

12 New Conditions Added to the Compassionate Allowances Program

The Social Security Administration has added Adult Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Choroid Plexus Carcinoma (CPC), Desmoplastic Mesothelioma, Congenital Zika Syndrome, Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma (RHL), Pericardial Mesothelioma, Renpenning Syndrome, SYNGAP1-related NSID, Charlevoix Saguenay Spastic Ataxia, CIC-rearranged Sarcoma (CRS), Taybi-Linder Syndrome, and SCN8A Epileptic Encephalopathy to its Compassionate Allowances program. Program Cuts Short Waiting Time The Compassionate Allowances Read More

What Are Countable Resources When Applying for SSI?

Countable resources are things that a person owns that count toward the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) resource limit. If a person’s countable resources exceed the allowable limit at the start of a month, he or she will not receive SSI benefits for that month. There are several things that a person owns that are not Read More

Disability Overhaul: Is Change on the Horizon?

Disability advocates are optimistic that the upcoming $3.5 trillion budget bill could bring the much-awaited updates to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The disability program has remained unchanged for several decades. Pressure to Update the SSI Program Pressure is mounting on Congress to overhaul the entire SSI program in the ongoing reconciliation bill. Some Read More