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Best Practices for Social Security Disability Cases: Compliance With Your Doctors Treatment & Medication Recommendations

Posted by Scott Flexer

The main basis of a social security disability claim is the presence of an impairment that prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity. In order for the SSA to approve your disability claim,it must be convinced that you have sought after all types of treatment in your power for your medical condition.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, Best Practices for Social Security Disability

Can I Qualify for Disability Benefits with Chronic Back Pain?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Chronic back pain can be caused by many different spinal factors, ranging from degenerative discs to inflammatory conditions. When seeking disability benefits for chronic back pain, your application ultimately comes down to establishing a medically determinable condition, the functional limitations of your back problem and the credibility of your application.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, Chronic Back Pain, Back Pain

[Infographic] Myths and Facts About the Social Security Disability Program

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Myths & Facts About the Social Security Disability Program [Infographic]

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, Facts About Social Security Benefits

How Much Can You Work When Receiving SSDI or SSI Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

There are several requirements that the SSA has put in place for working while receiving disability benefits. SSDI and SSI disability benefits are normally granted on the basis that your disability is severe enough that it prevents you from participating in any substantial gainful activity—such as working.

The general rule is that if you are receiving more than $1,170/month in 2017 from working (or $1,920 if you’re blind), then the SSA will deny or discontinue your disability benefits.

However, there are certain circumstances under which you can continue to receive benefits while working. In fact, the SSA tries to encourage people to see if they are able to go back to work by offering certain incentives based on their benefits. This article will highlight the guidelines that the SSA requires when working with disability benefits.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, work credits, Work Incentive Programs

Does Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Automatically Forgive my Student Loans?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Disability benefits are normally granted to individuals who suffer from a physical or mental impairment that prevents them from participating in most forms of work or any substantial gainful activity. Because persons receiving such benefits are unable to work productively, they may also be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

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Topics: Disability Determinations, Student Loans

4 Levels of Disability Appeals: Reconsideration, Hearing, Council, Court

Posted by Scott Flexer

In certain circumstances, applications for social security disability and SSI claims can be denied by the SSA. The applicant, however, has the right to appeal this decision. The disability appeals process has 4 different stages: reconsideration, hearing,  Appeals council and court. Each of these stages is explained in more detail below.

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Topics: disability appeal, reconsideration, hearing, council, court

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Ulcerative colitis is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. It causes ulcers and inflammation in the lining of the intestine, leading to thickening and scarring to the point where excess fluid cannot be properly retained. Symptoms of the disease include anemia, abdominal cramping that come and go, and, in some cases, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue, among others.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, Ulcerative Colitis

How Much do You Really Know About the SSI Program?

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a program run by the Social Security Administration that offers benefits to people with limited financial resources, people living with disabilities, people unable to work due to medical conditions, and disabled or blind children of people with limited resources.

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Topics: qualify for SSI, SSI program

Prepare for Your Disability Interview with These 6 Questions

Posted by Scott Flexer

Facing disability is always a very stressful time in someone’s life. According to the SSA, the risks of becoming disabled are increasing steadily, with about 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year olds likely to become disabled by age 67. It is, therefore, crucial for you to understand the process of applying for disability benefits, as well as to be in a position to obtain the best assistance that you can get if you become disabled.

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Topics: Disability Application

Collecting Social Security Benefits and Unemployment Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Persons who are temporarily out of work due to circumstances beyond their control can apply for unemployment benefits. Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined by several factors, which include prior earnings, difficulty or inability to get new work and your availability. Specifics on these requirements may vary from state to state, but the general common circumstances under which you may be eligible for unemployment benefits are covered below.

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Topics: unemployment, Apply for Disability in Florida, Facts About Social Security Benefits

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