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I Was Approved for VA Disability, Will I Also be Approved for Social Security Disability?

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Being approved for VA benefits does not mean your social security disability claim will be approved.  The VA approves or denies benefits based whether the impairment originated while the claimant was engaged in military service and gives percentages as to the level of disability. Social security disability claims are based on the severity of the […]

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How to get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?

You are considered disabled once you have proved your inability to work.  This can be proved either by establishing, through valid and reliable medical evidence, that you have been diagnosed with a medical condition or a combination of medical conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has found to be per se disabling or by […]

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What Can You Expect If You Win Social Security Disability Benefits?

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Winning Social Security Disability benefits can be a huge help to most people.  As a disability lawyer I am in the business of helping people win their benefits, so I often hear questions about what exactly you get when you win.  Here are the details of the Social Security Disability program. When You Win Social […]

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Get a Fresh Start with SSI

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Not everyone will be able to file for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) because you need to have a strong work history.  SSI, however, does not require a work history at all.  So long as you meet the resource eligibility guidelines  you can file for SSI. Both programs, DIB & SSI, are run by […]

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What are the Chances of Winning an Appeal in a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?

The chances of winning at the appeal level in a Social Security Disability or SSI claim vary according to the level the case is at, what occurred at any hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), and whether the claimant is being represented by an attorney. Often, claims considered at the initial and reconsideration stages […]

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Everyone who gets Approved for Disability Receives Back Pay (past due benefits) as well?

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Not everyone who gets approved for disability receives past due benefits, but most do.  The amount of past due benefits awarded depends on the date the claim was filed and the date that the judge or disability examiner concludes that the disability began.  For past due benefits, this date must be before the date of […]

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Social Security Prefers Disability Claimants Be In Treatment

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The fact that claimants should be in treatment, and be compliant with that treatment, is a critically important rule of the Social Security Administration.  This rule is based around the idea that the person filing for disability benefits appears most reasonable if they are doing everything they can do to get better, and even treatment […]

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Winning Social Security Disability with Depression Disorder

Depression can affect your disability application and disability determination in various ways. On the one hand, it is not uncommon for disability applicants to feel depressed because of their inability to continue working and provide for their families, particularly after many months of unemployment. Under this scenario, the applicant’s depression is an ancillary element to […]

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