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

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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 […]

Calculating SSDI Benefits

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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 […]

What Is Ahead For Government Workers Facing Social Security Cuts?

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More than 2 million former government workers face significant cuts in their Social Security because they had a government job that included a pension. The decreased payouts are the result of the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), two statutes that prevent retirees from receiving payments from both social security and […]

Lifeline Program Helps Social Security Beneficiaries Manage Online Benefits

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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 […]

Autism: Disability Benefits For Children And Adults

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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.

Who is on Disability in America

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Disability affects individuals from all walks of life throughout America. In fact, approximately 14 million people receive a check from the Social Security Administration’s disability program every month, and countless more are awaiting approval. The U.S. Census reports that nearly 57 million Americans suffer from some type of disability, and 38 million suffer from a […]

SSDI Appeal Levels

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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 […]

Updates Made to Illinois Disability Access Laws

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Updates to existing disability access laws have been made in an attempt to comply with nationwide standards. In order to get Illinois regulations up to date with federal law, The Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation which will update state law. Changes to the Law The Illinois Environmental Barriers Act, which went into effect in […]

Getting a Disability Claim Approved for Fibromyalgia

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Getting a disability claim approved for fibromyalgia can be difficult as initial claims are often denied. Fibromyalgia claims were traditionally denied by disability claims examiners if fibromyalgia was the only diagnosis. However, due to legislation in the past few years, the criteria for a fibromyalgia claim has changed. An experienced Chicago Social Security attorney can […]