Social Security Disability Benefits Archives

Why multiple assessments are needed to determine disability

The amount of Social Security Disability benefits a person is eligible to receive depends in part on how much their ability to function has been impacted by their injury or illness There are a number of tests that can be used to assess people's work-related functions (both physical and mental).

Study: Contingent workers less likely to seek disability benefits

Contingent workers make up an ever-increasing portion of the American workforce. These include independent contractors with advanced degrees who work for a variety of clients over their career rather than as an employee with one company. They also include people who make their living in the "gig" economy -- driving for Uber and Lyft, delivering for GrubHub and DoorDash or doing odd jobs through TaskRabbit and Takl.

When is back pain eligible for disability benefits?

Living with back pain makes even everyday activities nearly impossible. Treatment for a back or spinal condition is prohibitively expensive for many people. Fortunately, there is help available for anyone who has been living with pain for an extended period, and that help is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Can you qualify for SSD with a mental illness?

Qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD) can be confusing. You may be wondering if you can qualify based on a diagnosed mental illness. The good news is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will grant SSD based on several different mental illnesses.

Social Security Disability benefits should hang around until 2052

An annual report published by the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs on April 22 brought about good news. It stated that the Social Security's Disability Insurance Trust Fund has suddenly become healthier.

Could a Facebook post result in an SSDI denial?

No one who's legitimately eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits wants people defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) and taking money that should be used for those who are truly ill or injured. However, just how rampant fraud and abuse are is a matter of debate. The SSA's own numbers show that it's relatively rare and that funds obtained fraudulently are often recovered.

Information to gather before a Social Security Disability appeal

Many Social Security Disability applicants don't get the benefits they're seeking on their first try. Sometimes, the first submission gets denied. If this happens to you, you can submit an appeal. Although there's never a guaranteed result, many applicants have achieved success through the Social Security Disability appeals process.

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