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Filing For Disability Benefits Without Strong Work History

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Most of us understand that Social Security retirement benefits are not based on your needs—they’re based on how much income you earned during your working life. The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a record of these earnings and pays benefits based on the average amount earned over your lifetime, provided a minimum number of work hours have been accumulated. Basically, you’re paying into the system throughout your working life to reap the rewards upon retirement. But how does this work when filing for disability? Are the rules and regulations the same?

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Topics: disability benefits programs

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI

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Knowing which Social Security disability benefits you qualify for can sometimes be complicated to sort out when you’re also struggling with a serious medical condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) relies upon medical evidence when evaluating your disability claim, which makes it important for you to know what kinds of medical tests and other records you may need when applying for benefits.

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Can I Qualify for Disability with Agoraphobia?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you suffer from agoraphobia, you know the challenges it can impose upon your daily life. Even stepping outside your home for a few moments can cause panic and severe anxiety. To make matters worse, people who don’t have experience with this disorder often have a difficult time understanding just how debilitating it can be and how it can impact your ability to maintain personal and professional relationships.

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Topics: SSI, SSA Eligibility, Qualify for Disability with Agoraphobia

4 Eligibility Requirements for Survivor Benefits

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If you were married to someone who is now deceased, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. These benefits operate similarly to an insurance program; everyone pays into Social Security through a portion of the taxes taken out of their income. Should you ever become disabled and can no longer work, you can apply to receive disability benefits from this fund.

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Topics: social security benefits, SSDI Benefits, Survivor Benefits, Eligibility Requirements

5 Things to Know Before You Apply for Disability in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

Making the decision to apply for disability in Florida can be a tough choice to make. We understand that you've worked hard all your life and acknowledging that you need Social Security Disability (SSDI) can be hard. But there’s no reason to feel bad about this decision. Around one-quarter of working adults will, unfortunately, be forced to make this very same decision themselves before they retire. Living life isn't always a safe, accident-free experience and many people develop debilitating health conditions through no fault of their own. 

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Topics: disability eligibility

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) that affect an estimated 3 million U.S. adults according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—an increase of one-third from just 15 years prior. This statistic doesn’t include children under 18, who can also be affected by IBD, because most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. It’s important to note that while ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are both considered IBDs and share a number of symptoms, there are also some differences.

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

10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an SSDI Advocate

Posted by Scott Flexer

Maybe you've applied for disability benefits and you've been denied, or perhaps you just need some advice on getting started with your application; whatever the case, a Social Security Disability advocate can offer help and guidance. But how do you pick the right advocate? Here are some things you should ask an advocate before you decide that you want them to handle your unique case.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability, Disability Medical Requirements

Fibromyalgia and Disability Benefits: Facts You Need to Know

Posted by Scott Flexer

Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyositis and myofascial pain syndrome, is, quite literally, a nerve-wracking condition that can have severe mental and physical effects. But, currently, the chronic pain disorder isn’t listed as an entry in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book listing of impairments.

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Topics: disability benefits, Fibromyalgia, Filing For Disability

4 Tips for Appealing a SSDI Review Board Rejection

Posted by Scott Flexer

Filing for disability benefits can be a long process at times, and it can often be extended even longer by claim denials from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Fortunately, not all is lost if you’ve been denied or had your monthly benefits terminated.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, SSDI appeal, disability appeal

What is Disability Compensation for Veterans?

Posted by Scott Flexer

There are more than 18 million veterans living here at home, and those who were on active duty may develop disabilities, injuries, or illnesses as a result of their service. In cases where a veteran has a condition develop or worsen due to their active service, they may be eligible for tax-free disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Here’s how it works.

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Topics: Veterans, disability benefits for veterans

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