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Social Security Administration (SSA) Social Security Disability

'Compassionate Allowances' Process Speeds Up Disability Applications

Applicants for Social Security disability benefits often have to wait months, if not years, before they finally receive a check from the government, even if they are clearly eligible for benefits. However, in certain...more

What You Need to Know About Applying for Disability Benefits

Applying for disability benefits from the federal government through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs can be a daunting task. Here is a brief overview of how the...more

What to Do When Your Child Turns 18, Part I: Education and Employment

At some point in their child's early adolescence, most families suddenly realize that the services and programs that they rely on to care for the child will soon disappear and be replaced by radically different benefits. ...more

Parents of disabled children may experience depression and memory loss

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Raising a disabled child can create unique challenges for Illinois parents. These parents typically face high levels of stress, misunderstanding from others and burdensome financial expenses. Additionally, the demands of...more

When does Social Security determine a condition to be disabling?

by Howard Ankin on

Social Security Disability benefits provide support to people who cannot work because they suffer from disabling conditions. However, as Berwyn Social Security lawyers know, qualifying for benefits can be challenging even for...more

How does Social Security assess your physical residual functional capacity?

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Physical residual functional capacity is a measure of a person’s functional abilities. The Social Security Administration considers RFC when evaluating claims involving medical conditions that are not automatically recognized...more

Rising numbers of disability recipients linked to female workers and baby boomers

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The number of Social Security Disability benefit recipients has increased dramatically in recent decades, as many Chicago residents know. According to The Washington Post, from 1980 to 2010, the number of beneficiaries rose...more

5 tips on how to document your medical condition for SSD

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Many Social Security Disability claims are denied for medical reasons. In August 2014, the Social Security Administration reported that over 20 percent of all 2010 SSD claims were denied on this basis....more

What happens in a Social Security Disability consultative examination?

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Inadequate medical evidence is a common reason for Social Security Disability claim denial. However, when people seeking SSD benefits in Chicago fail to provide all of the evidence necessary for a final claim decision, the...more

Common errors found on Social Security Disability applications

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Most people in Illinois know that the Social Security Disability denial rate is high. Unfortunately, lack of a legitimate disability is not always the reason for claim denial. Instead, denials often occur because of mistakes...more

ERISA-Disability: 1 in 3 Social Security Administration Disability Determinations Involve Mental Disorder Diagnosis

As you know, ERISA plan administrators must consider Social Security Administration (SSA) disability determinations when making the disability benefit decision. ERISA plan administrators are not bound by the SSA’s...more

The Blue Book and its role in determining disability eligibility

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The Social Security Administration’s evaluation process is a source of confusion for many people seeking Social Security Disability benefits. The “Blue Book” is one important resource for Chicago applicants to understand. ...more

Think Carefully Before Giving Gift Cards to an SSI Recipient

The holidays are here and most families are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards are once again expected to be the most popular gift given because they are easy...more

ERISA – 9th Circuit: Are There Advantages To De Novo Review Versus Arbitrary And Capricious Review?

You already know that plans that contain “discretionary language” should enjoy a more deferential review by the trial court. But when the plan administrator decides and funds the benefit decision, courts view this as a...more

The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees

Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security...more

Plaintiff May Not Use Social Security Disability Determination To Prove Disability In Personal Injury Case

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A New Jersey Appellate Division Court holds that the plaintiffs were precluded from utilizing a Social Security Administration disability determination in a personal injury action. ...more

Americans Score More Easily Seeking Social Security Disability— Reasons Why Social Security Findings Could Be Rejected by ERISA...

The claimant seeking long term disability benefits under your ERISA Plan was found to be disabled by the Social Security Administration....more

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