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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

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

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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Topics: disability benefits, disability eligibility, disability benefits FL, disablity, Apply for Disability in Florida, disability rights florida, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida, disability statistics, Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, disability laws

How to Qualify for Disability in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

The American Community Survey (ACS) reports that approximately 12.8 percent of the American population suffers from some sort of disability. Focusing on Florida, that number jumps to 13.7 percent (although the Sunshine State hardly tops the list; that would be West Virginia, at nearly 20 percent). But when it comes to applying for disability, it’s important to understand that individual states do not create qualifying criteria; that job is left to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: disability eligibility, Florida Disability Benefits, Filing For Disability, Qualify Disability

Can I Receive Disability if I Have Been Convicted of a Felony?

Posted by Scott Flexer

When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically will want to know more about your current situation so they can determine your eligibility. An application will contain requests for birth records, employment history, educational background, medical records, and criminal records.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability eligibility, disability, Disability Benefits for Felons

SSDI vs SSI: What's the Difference and For Which Do I Qualify?

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates two programs that are aimed at providing assistance to disabled Americans. If you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working, you can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both.

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Topics: SSI, disability eligibility, disability experts, SSDI Benefits, SSI benefits

Non-Attorney Advocate Vs a Social Security Disability Attorney

Posted by Scott Flexer

Disability Experts of Florida is staffed solely by non-attorney advocates and we pride ourselves on initiating cases and working on them zealously to provide the claimant with the best possible chance of being awarded benefits as expeditiously as possible.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability eligibility, Filing For Disability

Questions on How to Qualify for Disability in Florida?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you have questions about how to qualify for disability in Florida, you’re not alone. While the SSA website provides a lot of detailed information, most find it difficult to determine whether or not they qualify and what steps need to be taken to get their disability benefits. That’s where we come in. At Disability Experts of Florida, our compassionate disability advocates can help you make sense of it all. We have the knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have—from basic questions about eligibility to questions about your specific condition. Give us a call today to arrange a free consultation. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started on your disability benefits claim.

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Topics: disability eligibility, Florida Disability Benefits

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