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“Should I Apply for Disability?" (and Other SSDI Questions)

Posted by Scott Flexer

Should I apply for disability?

If this question has been running through your mind, there are several factors to consider. People can become permanently or temporarily disabled, so you should apply for Social Security benefits as soon as you become disabled since it may take up to three to five months for your application to be processed? 

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Topics: disability benefits, Social Security Disability, disability eligibility, SSDI eligibility, qualify for SSI, disability laws, disability blogs

Resources for People With Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

Dealing with a disability is difficult under any circumstances; this stress is only exacerbated when financial concerns, family, and quality of life are affected. In this article, we’ve compiled a broad list of federal and state disability resources and educational services for individuals in need of disability help, as well as information you can access to learn what you need to do to find help and assistance with your claim.

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Topics: disability benefits, SSI, disability benefits FL, SSDI Benefits

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 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

May 30 is World MS Day

Posted by Scott Flexer

Around the globe, approximately 2.3 million people live with multiple sclerosis (MS), although that number could be much higher because it’s likely that many people with MS remain undiagnosed in certain parts of the world; in the United States, about 200 new cases diagnosed each week. To bring the MS community together, raise awareness, share stories, and create positive change, World MS Day was created in 2009 by the MS International Federation and its members. Arriving May 30 annually, World MS Day involves hundreds of events held across dozens of countries. This year’s theme is “My Invisible MS,” focusing on the often unseen but very real effects MS can have on people

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Topics: disability benefits, Multiple Sclerosis

Will My Social Security Benefits Continue During the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Scott Flexer

As the government shutdown wears on, many Americans who are on Social Security disability or retirement benefits are becoming increasingly worried. Shutdowns since 1980 have lasted, on average, five and a half days, making them of little concern to recipients; however, the current government shutdown is now the longest in our country’s history with over 800,000 employees furloughed, as President Trump and Congress struggle to reach an agreement that would reopen it.

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Topics: disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, SSDI Benefits, Government Shutdown

5 Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 2

Posted by Scott Flexer

Welcome to Part 2 in our series "5 Super Successful People With Disabilities" (be sure to check out Part 1 as well). Overcoming adversity is a cornerstone of the human experience. For many people, they are able to rise above a challenge and move on from it. However, those with disabilities may face challenges daily. So when a disabled person is able to not just overcome adversity but achieve unparalleled levels of success, it is truly inspiring!

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Topics: disability benefits, disability FL, disability, disability experts, Autism, blind, inspiring stories, disability blogs, deaf, down syndrome

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