Social Security Disability

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Prepare the right way for a Social Security Disability appeal

People claiming Social Security Disability benefits often must appeal at least one unfavorable decision from the Social Security Administration....more

Drug addiction and SSD benefits

People seeking Social Security Disability benefits must meet stringent medical criteria. Given this requirement, many people may believe complicating medical issues, such as drug addiction, preclude a person from receiving...more

Does getting married affect my Social Security Disability?

Anyone who receives Social Security Disability benefits knows that the financial and medical criteria beneficiaries must meet are strict. As a Social Security lawyer Chicago can attest, many changes in living situation can...more

Disability Beneficiaries Reaches Record High

Disability claims have reached a record high, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA’s two disability programs – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – are...more

Marriage and SSD benefits

Most Chicago residents know that changes in living situation, such as increases in income or a return to work, can affect a person’s eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits. ...more

How much Social Security tax do you pay?

Social Security Disability benefits are usually awarded to people cannot perform work with monthly income over $1,070. Many benefit recipients in Chicago do not earn enough income to pay taxes....more

Will rules involving Social Security Disability be tightening?

The Social Security Administration follows strict rules when evaluating whether a person meets the definition of “disabled” and qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits....more

How much will my Social Security Disability payment be?

People seeking Social Security Disability benefits often want to know how much they will receive if their claims are approved. Many people may think calculating a benefit amount should be simple....more

A Delayed Christmas – Client Receives Waiver of $17,000 Social Security Overpayment

On a recent Monday morning, I opened a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) advising that my client’s nearly $17,000 overpayment had been fully waived. SSA had actually overpaid him for an entire year, by...more

Spinal cord injury and SSD benefits

Between 12,000 and 20,000 people will sustain spinal cord injuries this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....more

5 tips on how to document your medical condition for SSD

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?

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

Can you lose your SSD benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits are only awarded to people who suffer from long-term disabling conditions and, as a result, cannot work gainfully....more

Blindness and SSD benefits

Blind individuals in Illinois face myriad daily challenges, including supporting themselves financially. Blindness introduces unique medical expenses and often prevents gainful employment. ...more

Should I Disinherit a Child with Special Needs?

Inexperienced or incompetent estate planning attorneys have a bad habit of telling parents of children with special needs to simply write their child out of their estate plan altogether in order to ensure that the child will...more

Common errors found on Social Security Disability applications

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

Social Security Disability for children and how it works

Parents who are raising a disabled child in Illinois may struggle to provide for the child’s care and special expenses. Many parents wonder about the availability of outside support, such as Social Security Disability...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

Tips on financially surviving the wait for Social Security Disability approval

By definition, people who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits cannot work gainfully. Many people in Illinois face significant financial hardships when applying for Social Security Disability benefits....more

Who is “Disabled” under ABLE?

The recently-enacted federal ABLE statute provides a long-awaited vehicle for tax-exempt investing to meet future disability-related expenses of disabled individuals. Although new Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code is...more

Social Security Disability and spinal cord injuries

The spinal cord carries nerve signals between the brain and body. A spinal cord injury can result in partial or total disruption of these signals, leading to loss of movement or sensation below the level of injury. While some...more

Can you claim Social Security Disability as well as workers’ compensation?

Work-related injuries contribute to about 1 in 20 cases of disability, according to the Council for Disability Awareness. Workers’ compensation insurance provides financial support to Illinois workers who have suffered...more

The Blue Book and its role in determining disability eligibility

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

Back injuries and Social Security Disability eligibility

Low back pain is the second most common reason for doctor visits in the U.S., according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It is also the leading cause of disability among Americans over 45, leaving an estimated 5...more

Can my ex-spouse receive SSD benefits on my work history?

Social Security Disability Insurance provides benefits to people who are considered disabled and have paid enough money into the Social Security system. The dependent family members of SSD beneficiaries, such as spouses or...more

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