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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

Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify?

Posted by Scott Flexer

What is ALS?

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named after the famous baseball player) is, in essence, a degenerative disease of the nervous system in which the voluntarily controlled muscles and the nerves connected to the muscles degenerate. As the muscles continue to degenerate and atrophy, everyday actions that you carry out become more and more difficult to achieve. Walking, stepping down to a curb, looking around, and even breathing are things that can become more difficult. All of these actions are voluntary muscular movement, which is what ALS affects.

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Topics: SSDI, SSA Eligibility

Disability Statistics in America: Here are the Numbers

Posted by Scott Flexer


While progress has been gradual, life for Americans with disabilities has been improving. Laws have been enacted to provide protection; benefits are being provided; housing is becoming equal; and proper public accommodations are being offered. But with the United States Census Bureau reporting that nearly one in five Americans is disabled, we wanted to take a deeper dive into the numbers.

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Topics: SSDI, Disability benefits in Florida, working with disability benefits, disability statistics

Can You Receive Disability Benefits for Psoriasis?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Many people regard having a skin condition as an annoyance or hindrance to looking flawless. However, if you suffer from a skin condition, you probably know that the reality is far different and more serious. Beyond aesthetics, psoriasis often causes the skin around joints, such as elbows and knees, to become white and scaly. The skin also can become inflamed and embedded with painful lesions.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, SSI, Disability Application, psoriasis

Can I Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits at the Same Time?

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs two separate programs that provide disabled persons with financial assistance on a monthly basis. The first program, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), is aimed at providing assistance to individuals who can no longer work due to any medical conditions that are expected to last for at least one year or result in death. In order to be eligible for SSDI, you must have previously worked and paid enough into social security.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI

How Much Can You Work When Receiving SSDI or SSI Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

There are several requirements that the SSA has put in place for working while receiving disability benefits. SSDI and SSI disability benefits are normally granted on the basis that your disability is severe enough that it prevents you from participating in any substantial gainful activity—such as working.

The general rule is that if you are receiving more than $1,170/month in 2017 from working (or $1,920 if you’re blind), then the SSA will deny or discontinue your disability benefits.

However, there are certain circumstances under which you can continue to receive benefits while working. In fact, the SSA tries to encourage people to see if they are able to go back to work by offering certain incentives based on their benefits. This article will highlight the guidelines that the SSA requires when working with disability benefits.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, work credits, Work Incentive Programs

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Ulcerative colitis is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestine. It causes ulcers and inflammation in the lining of the intestine, leading to thickening and scarring to the point where excess fluid cannot be properly retained. Symptoms of the disease include anemia, abdominal cramping that come and go, and, in some cases, diarrhea, weight loss, and fatigue, among others.

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Topics: SSDI, disability benefits, disability eligibility, Social Security Disability Income, Family Disability Benefits, Disability Medical Requirements, Ulcerative Colitis

How Will a Government Hiring Freeze Affect My Disability Case/Appeal?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you’ve been following the news stories over the last few months, then you may have some concerns about what will happen to Social Security in the near future. With the current administration proposing to make changes to Medicaid funding and looking to cut Federal operating budgets, staffing cuts seem likely.

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Topics: SSDI, Disability Application, Social Security Disability Insurance

Everything You Need to Know to File a Disability Claim for SSI or SSDI

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help millions of Americans every year. These programs give people who suffer from disabling long-term conditions much-needed financial support.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, social security, Disability Application, Apply for Disability in Florida

Disability Benefits by the Numbers in the USA

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help millions of people with disabilities in the USA provide for themselves and their families.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, disability

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