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Can Receiving an Inheritance Affect My Disability Benefits?

If you receive an inheritance while getting Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to know how this additional asset may impact your eligibility for more disability payments. The answer will depend on the program you are enrolled in. Any inheritance must be reported to the Social Security Administration. Below, our legal teams explain how […]

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Can I Get Disability for a Genetic or Inherited Disorder?

The short answer is yes. Social Security Disability benefits are available to claimants with genetic or inherited disorders as long as they meet certain qualifying criteria. One genetic disorder the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes is Huntington’s Disease (HD). HD affects the brain and can progressively lead to decreased coordination, cognitive decline and psychiatric issues. […]

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Do Chronic Migraines Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Most headaches are not severe or frequent enough to prevent an individual from working or performing everyday activities. However, certain migraines can be quite debilitating. Severe migraines can cause nausea and sensitivity to light and sound that can last for hours or days. Individuals who suffer from frequent migraine headaches may often miss work, which […]

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Can Someone with ALS Get Social Security Disability Benefits Sooner?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disease without a known cure. ALS attacks the nerve cells responsible for muscle movement. Over time, most voluntary muscles become paralyzed, impacting the ability to breathe, eat and speak. Over a thousand people with ALS apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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Can I Collect Disability Benefits If I Got Laid Off?

Being laid off does not mean that anyone can qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security Disability is not an unemployment program. Claimants must have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from working for at least a year or will result in death. With that being said, if […]

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Can My Job Skill Level Impact Ability to Obtain Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider multiple factors when evaluating your claim for Social Security Disability benefits. One factor in determining if there is less demanding work you may be able to perform. The SSA will look at the skill level required by your past job in order to see if there are other […]

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Should I Appeal My Denied Disability Claim to the Appeals Council?

If your disability claim is denied again after a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), you have the right to file an appeal with the Appeals Council. This must be done within 60 days from the date of the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council will either grant, deny or dismiss your request […]

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Can I File a Disability Claim for Arthritis in the Back or Spine?

If you have arthritis in the back or spine, it can cause severe pain and limit your mobility. Any kind of spinal condition can disrupt your ability to function on a daily basis. If you cannot work due to spinal arthritis, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration […]

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How Can I Verify My Eligibility for Benefits and the Income I Am Receiving?

In certain situations, Social Security Disability recipients may find themselves needing to verify their eligibility for benefits and provide proof of the income they are receiving. When this happens, they will need to request a Benefit Verification letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Benefit Verification letters, sometimes referred to as “budget letters,” as “benefit […]

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Is There More Than One Type of Past Due Disability Payments I Can Receive?

The time it takes to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and get approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be long and the process is difficult. Fortunately, you may be eligible to receive past due payments to compensate you for the months you were waiting for a decision on your claim.   […]

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