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Who can get disability benefits under Social Security?

Under the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Act), there are three basic categories of individuals who can qualify for benefits on the basis of disability: A disabled insured worker under full retirement age. An individual disabled since childhood (before age 22) who is a dependent of a parent entitled to title [..]

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Disability Determination Process

Most Social Security disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies (usually called Disability Determination Services or DDSs). Subsequent appeals of unfavorable determinations may be decided in a DDS or by an administrative law judge in SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Social [..]

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What Benefits Do You Get From Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance could help you make ends meet if you’re unable to work. If you become disabled and can no longer work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on your work record. Since SSDI benefits are based on your work record, they are generally comparable to what your Social [..]

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Rep. Steve Knight: ‘I think that Social Security was a bad idea’

‚óŹ CA-25: Sometimes, some Republican says something so stupid, we don’t even need to explain why it’s so profoundly idiotic. This is one of those times. Here’s freshman GOP Rep. Steve Knight, at a debate with his two Democratic opponents Thursday night: “I think that Social Security was a bad idea. I do. I absolutely [..]

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Schizoaffective Disorder

Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression. Reading NAMI’s content on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder will offer many overlapping resources for schizoaffective disorder. Because schizoaffective disorder is less well-studied than the other [..]

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Waiting is the Hardest Part

One of the most frequent questions asked by clients is “Why is this taking so long?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is very complicated. When the initial application is filed, typically we receive an answer within 30-90 days. Unfortunately, most cases are denied at the initial level. An appeal must be filed within 60 [..]

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How Long Do I Have After My Husband’s Death to Prove My Disability for Social Security?

updated by Beth Laurence, J.D. Surviving spouses and even divorced surviving spouses (who were married at least ten years) can sometimes get Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) based on their deceased spouse’s work record. These benefits are called disabled widow(er)’s benefits (DWB). The deceased spouse must have worked enough years paying Social Security taxes into [..]

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