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Legal Issues Surrounding Traumatic Brain Injuries and Social Security

by Varnum LLP on

Those with traumatic brain injuries often find it difficult to return to work and support themselves or their families. We often support our clients by clarifying the complex legal issues surrounding Social Security...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

“Last Employer Rule” in Occupational Disease Addressed by Fifth Circuit

On May 17, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rendered a decision affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., et al. v. Director, OWCP, et al., No. 16-60370. ...more

New York’s Highest Court Rebuffs Facebook’s Efforts to Protect the Rights of Its Users in Search Warrant Fight

Facebook’s four-year battle on behalf of its users, seeking to quash 381 warrants obtained by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, has come to a close. The decision of the New York Court of Appeals—which is New...more

Don't Forget: Some SSI Beneficiaries Can Switch to SSDI When a Parent's Circumstances Change

Because of her disability, a person receiving SSI may not have worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits on her own work record. Therefore, once she meets the government’s strict...more

'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

Workers compensation benefits decrease, disability insurance increases

by Howard Ankin on

Over the past few decades, there has been dramatic increase in the number of Social Security disability insurance claims filed. This increase could be linked to the problems workers find when claiming workers compensation...more

Social Security Disability Payments Remain Flat

by Howard Ankin on

Seniors across America are sitting down this week to determine how the recent decision not to raise Social Security Disability payments in 2016 will affect their monthly budgets. This is only the third time in the past 40...more

Tax Policy Update: The Emerging Fall Fiscal Cliff

If you read one thing... - Congress’ tax and budget challenges include funding the government for FY 2016 and a required federal debt ceiling increase to avoid catastrophic default on the nation’s debt. These legislative...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

CFPB Continues Crackdown on Fair Lending: Marketing Materials Targeted

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent guidance bulletin, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reminded mortgage lenders to heed their Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) obligations when considering applicants receiving public assistance income....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

How Do Impairment-Related Work Expenses Affect My Federal Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are the two primary federal disability benefits that provide monetary assistance for people with special needs. Both programs allow working...more

Parents of disabled children may experience depression and memory loss

by Howard Ankin on

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

Language barriers may increase approval for SSD benefits

by Howard Ankin on

Limited English use can severely limit job opportunities, especially for people who suffer from debilitating conditions. Fortunately, as any Oak Lawn disability lawyer could attest, English use is weighed during Social...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 to get SSD for early onset Alzheimer’s

by Howard Ankin on

Alzheimer’s is classified as early onset when it develops before the age of 65. This neurological condition can have various detrimental effects on short-term memory, communication skills, reasoning and behavior....more

Getting SSD benefits for asbestos exposure

by Howard Ankin on

Asbestos is a set of minerals that occur naturally in the form of fiber bundles. Today, asbestos is recognized as a health hazard and closely regulated. However, asbestos has been used in various products, and as Social...more

What are the 5 mental effects of Parkinson’s?

by Howard Ankin on

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. This disorder occurs due to the loss of nerve cells and the neurotransmitter dopamine. The physical symptoms of Parkinson’s, which include...more

SSD provides assistance to stroke victims

by Howard Ankin on

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted or when blood vessels hemorrhage, causing brain cell damage. About 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control...more

3 tips on living with a disability budget

by Howard Ankin on

Social Security Disability benefits are only available to people who cannot perform gainful work. In 2015, people earning over $1,090 per month cannot receive SSD benefits, as any disability lawyer in Chicago can attest. ...more

Can a Person Who Receives Disability Benefits Own a Car?

The short answer is yes. Although many disability benefit programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid impose resource limits on beneficiaries, a beneficiary's household is allowed to own one vehicle of any...more

Will new research lead to treatment development for disabled children?

by Howard Ankin on

About one in six American children suffer from developmental disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These chronic disabilities may affect learning, language use and general behavior. As any...more

Guilt and fear common among parents of disabled children

by Howard Ankin on

Parents who have disabled children often face distinct medical, financial and emotional demands. As any Illinois Social Security lawyer can attest, these parents usually worry extensively about their children’s health and...more

Is fibromyalgia eligible for SSD benefits?

by Howard Ankin on

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes various debilitating symptoms, including muscle pain, joint aches and fatigue. Fibromyalgia has no known cure and can be highly disabling, as any disability lawyer in Chicago...more

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