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How to File for Residual Functional Capacity

Posted by DEF

The Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is a form that is filled out by your doctor. This form explains your ability—or inability—to perform work-related tasks, and find and maintain employment. As a matter of fact, this form is informally known as the “Ability to Do Work Related Activity” form. To be awarded Social Security Disability, you need to prove that not only are you medically disabled, but that you cannot perform any substantial work activity, and the RFC is pivotal to demonstrating this to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: Disability Application, Filing For Disability, Apply for Disability in Florida, File Disability Benefits

Will Writing a Dire Needs Letter Help My Disability Case?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Obtaining disability benefits can be very challenging. Reports show that more than 50% of disability claims are denied on the initial attempt, making the experience very frustrating for those who truly in need. Complicating matters, it’s up to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), not individual states. That makes the process quite lengthy; generally about 400 days, according to the SSA.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, disability benefits hearing, disability laws

How a Ban on Plastic Straws Hurts the Disabled

Posted by Scott Flexer

Earlier this month, Starbucks and American Airlines became the first two major companies to announce that they were phasing out plastic straws, and Seattle became the first U.S. city to ban them from food service establishments. While there’s no doubt that eliminating the use of plastic straws does offer environmental and health benefits, it also poses new challenges to people with disabilities, some of whom require a straw just to take a drink.

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H.R. 620: Are the Rights of the Disabled Under Attack?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Fighting for the rights of the disabled has been an uphill battle, but over the years significant strides have been made. A turning point came in 1990, when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA made discrimination based upon disability illegal, and specified five key factors:

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I May Qualify for Disability But Can’t Afford to See a Doctor

Posted by DEF

Physical and mental disability can leave people struggling to make ends meet, making applying for disability benefits a necessity for many Americans. However, without a doctor’s endorsement, obtaining Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be difficult. Unfortunately, disability leaves many individuals unable to secure work and a paycheck, greatly hindering their ability to afford to see a doctor.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida

Can I Get Social Security Disability With COPD?

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

There wasn’t a whole lot of talk about COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, until recently. Now, commercials for COPD medications and treatment consume the airwaves; Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac, right Boomers? But for many, we’re wondering what is COPD, who is affected by it, and is Social Security Disability available for those suffering from the disease.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, COPD

SSI in Florida: Here's Everything you Need to Know

Posted by Scott Flexer

SSI (Supplemental Social Security Income) is a form of disability payment provided by the SSA to people with limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, which is based on work credits that a person has accrued during their time being employed, SSI provides much-needed assistance to persons who are disabled and with limited income. Florida, unlike, many other states, offers very few other kinds of disability assistance programs apart from SSDI and SSI.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, qualify for SSI, SSI program

Guidelines When Applying for SSI While Homeless

Posted by Scott Flexer

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is issued to any person who meets the SSA guidelines for disability and income and resource requirements. People with low income and assets amounting to less than $2000 can typically qualify for SSI if they are disabled. Homeless persons are entitled to the same application processes as other applicants for SSI. Homelessness and SSI benefits can present unique challenges to homeless people when filing for or receiving disability benefits.

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Topics: SSI, Homeless disability benefits, Apply for Disability in Florida

What are the Requirements for a Children's Disability Application vs. an Adult?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Disability benefits are typically viewed as applying to only the elderly or other injured adults. However, children are also susceptible to getting disabilities. In fact, in 2013 alone, over 1 million children who were themselves disabled or had disabled parents received monthly disability payments.

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Topics: Disability Application, disability benefits for children, Apply for Disability in Florida

Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits with Cancer?

Posted by Scott Flexer

A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing experience for many patients. Depending on the type of cancer you have and how it impacts your overall health, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the SSA. There are certain specific criteria through which the SSA determines your eligibility for disability benefits if you have cancer.

Most importantly, the SSA analyzes how your cancer condition prevents you from participating in any substantial gainful activity and if it is expected to last for at least a year, or result in death.

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Topics: Disability Determinations, Apply for Disability in Florida, Cancer

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