disabled woman using computer.

What is Disability Determination Services (DDS)?

The number of departments, agencies, and other government entities involved in disability claims can boggle the mind. There are multiple entities involved in the process and each one can play a vital role in rendering a final decision on a disability application. It can be important to understand the role each plays as you navigate…

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woman with anxiety disorder

Will an Anxiety Disorder Qualify You for Disability Benefits?

Most people immediately begin thinking about physical limitations when disability is mentioned. There is, however, a variety of disabilities that relate to mental and emotional capabilities. Mental and emotional disabilities can limit a person’s ability to retain gainful employment just as much, and more in some cases, than a physical disability. The Social Security Administration…

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Disabled man visiting attorney to help with SSD claim.

How Do I Get Disability Benefits?

If you have a disabling condition that will prevent you from substantial gainful activity, work, for at least 12 months, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. SSD benefits can provide critical financial support to those prevented from working due to a disabling condition. In order to access SSD benefits, however, you…

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Social Security Disability Claim

How Long Can I Receive Disability Benefits?

Receiving notice that your application for Social Security disability benefits has been approved can cause a wave of relief to wash over you. After all, being disabled to the point where you are unable to retain gainful employment can be very stressful on a number of levels. During the application process or after approval, you…

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Disabled person working at family business.

Can I Work If I Am On Disability?

In order to be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. Essentially, this means that you have a disability preventing you from having a job that will support your cost of living. Because of this basic SSDI requirement, many receiving benefits are reluctant…

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Social Security to get a 1.6% boost in 2020

63 million Americans are on the receiving end of Social Security as their major source of income as retirees. The vast majority of retired workers receive a monthly check depending on the level and type of their disability as determined by the SSA. This means every 1 in 6 Americans is dependent on their Social Security…

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Getting pregnant while on Social Security Disability

Family leaves or maternity/paternity benefits allow to take off from work and take care of yourself and your newborn without worrying about losing your job or winning bread during those days. Childbirth and pregnancy are beautiful things nature has bestowed upon human beings and are in most cases truly rewarding experiences. In some cases, the…

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Getting Health Insurance while on Disability Benefits

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will fundamentally change the conditions that influence Americans to apply for federal disability insurance benefits. Because disability insurance confers health insurance in addition to cash benefits, it is an attractive option for many individuals with work-limiting disabilities. At the same time, leaving employment to apply for disability insurance benefits (a…

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