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10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an SSDI Advocate

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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

What Type of Examination is Needed to File Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Has a medically disabling condition stopped you from working? If so, you may want to consider applying for Social Security disability benefits.

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Topics: disability benefits, medical examination, File Disability Benefits

Do You Actually NEED a Disability Advocate to File for SSDI?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a long, difficult, and exhausting process. This is especially true when you’re busy simply trying to get by and adjust to the massive lifestyle changes that disability brings.

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Topics: SSDI, disability, disability experts, Social Security Advocates, disability advocate

Social Security Disability Benefits: Back Pay and Retroactive Payments

Posted by Scott Flexer

In a perfect world, we’d begin receiving Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) as soon as we apply. Of course, that’s not how it works. Your case must first be examined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine eligibility and the process can be quite lengthy. If you ultimately are approved, you may then qualify for back pay and retroactive payments. However, SSDI back pay and retroactive pay are not the same thing.

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Topics: Best Practices for Social Security Disability

Does Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Qualify Me for Disability?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you or a loved one suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, you are all too familiar with the extremes of anxiety—obsessions and compulsions that can take up hours of the day and cause serious distress. And while many movies and television shows play OCD for laughs, you know it’s no joke, whether it’s the double and triple-checking of a locked door, or the growing expense of purchasing excessive amounts of soap or hand sanitizer. Most OCD behaviors are visible, but not all; some behaviors are carried out mentally, such as counting or praying.

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Topics: SSDI, disability eligibility, OCD

Can I Qualify for Disability if I Have Diabetes?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Diabetes continues to represent a growing health problem in the United States. Type 1 diabetes, otherwise known as insulin-dependent diabetes, often manifests in childhood and requires daily insulin injections and monitoring of blood sugar levels. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes, happens when the body's cells grow resistant to insulin and fail to process enough glucose. Most common in those over 45, Type 2 diabetes is usually related to obesity, high blood pressure, and a sedentary lifestyle, but genetic factors may also play a role.

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Topics: disability eligibility, disability, Diabetes

What is the Maximum Income to Qualify for SSI in Florida?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), benefits many recipients who suffer from a disabling condition or who aren’t eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSI amounts vary across the country as some states opt in to provide additional money to the federal SSI benefit amount. We're focusing on the Florida only.

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Topics: SSI, qualify for disability, qualify for SSI

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