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Living with an Invisible Disability—and Receiving Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Some of us tend to think of disability only in terms of what can be physically seen—a missing limb perhaps, or maybe an assistive device such as a wheelchair, hearing aid, or white cane. Of course, it’s important to remember that not all disabilities have a physical manifestation, and that’s what is meant by the term “invisible disability.” Invisible disabilities are those that are not immediately apparent to others. In fact, invisible disability statistics reveal that 10% of the United States population has a medical condition that could be considered a type of invisible disability. 

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Topics: qualify for disability, invisible disabilities

Six Mistakes to Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Posted by Scott Flexer

Your social security disability benefits claim was denied, so you requested a hearing and you’re finally getting your day in court. While this is a great opportunity to finally be heard in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), for many people, the idea of a disability hearing can be intimidating which can lead to bad decision-making. But with proper preparation, the process doesn't have to be frightening and you can come out a winner.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, Disability Determinations, Disability benefits in Florida, social security disability benefits hearing, disability benefits hearing

How do I Know if my Child is Eligible for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Raising a child with disabilities can be difficult for any family, but even more challenging for those with low incomes. In these situations, families often wonder if their child may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. 

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Topics: disability benefits for children

Returning to Work After Social Security Disability Leave: What to Expect

Posted by Scott Flexer

You never thought you’d say it, but you’re actually beginning to miss the daily grind; you definitely miss the water cooler gossip. 

After a period of time out of the workforce, you may be thinking about returning to work after long term disability or short term disability. But you may also worry that finding work after disability will endanger your SSDI, SSI, Medicare or other benefits. And if you ultimately decide you’re not returning to work after short term disability, will you have to go through the whole Social Security Disability process again? Because it was a chore the first time around.

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Topics: Social Security Disability Income, Disability benefits in Florida, working with disability benefits

Qualifying for Disability With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by Scott Flexer

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, and more than 50 million adults suffer from one form or another. One often-debilitating type of arthritis that affects 1.3 Americans is rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. According to the Arthritis Foundation:

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Topics: Florida Disability Benefits, rheumatoid arthritis, SSI benefits

Filing For Disability Benefits Without Strong Work History

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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