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Getting disability benefits for your dependents

Getting disability benefits for your dependents
Bad news is, qualifying for social security disability insurance, SSDI in 2019 has become even harder. Good news is, if you qualify for SSDI benefits, your dependents including children or a spouse may also get some benefits under your SSDI benefits program known as auxiliary benefits or dependents benefits. Workers and employers who have paid the ...
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Tips for filing a request with an administrative law judge

Tips for filing a request with an administrative law judge
A reconsideration appeal after a CDR denial is easier to be accepted than getting your application for SSDI application accepted in the first place. However, whether your SSDI benefits were denied at the stage of applying or after a CDR process, you have these options for reconsideration: Level 1: Apply for reconsideration Level 2: Apply for an ind...
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What to do if you get a CDR?

What to do if you get a CDR?
What to do if you get a CDR? The Social Security Administration has long used CDR for evaluating a person's benefits for further grants or discontinuation. Despite running periodical reviews, the CDR has a long and clean record of running review processes to prevent fraud and abuse of the benefits. It ensures that the benefits are only available to...
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Continuing Disability Review (CDR)

Continuing Disability Review, CDR
A continuing disability review is a process conducted by the Social Security Administration, SSA – It is mainly done to analyze that the people receiving the benefits are still disabled or meet the disability eligibility for continuing the benefits. If during a CDR, the Social Security Administration finds that you don't meet the eligibility condit...
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Would I lose benefits if I do freelance work while on SSDI?

Can I lose ssdi benefits if I earn partime through freelancing
The social security disability is a federally administered insurance program that pays you cash benefits if you have a disability that makes you unemployable or unable to do sufficient work to gain income with in the sub stantial gainful activity (SGA) edge . This means that if you have worked for a sufficient amount of time (40 quarterly financial...
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Social security disability for old age, retired, survivors or dependent children

SSDI benefits for old age, retired, survivors or dependents
The average benefits received at age 62 retirements fall into 75% of the indexed wages you earned during your work years. However, you could maximize your social security benefits by delaying receiving your SSDI claims well after you receive your retirement benefits. Fortunately, if you are a divorcee or widower, caretaker of a dependent child , th...
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Are you eligible for SSDI if you have dual citizenships?

How to receice social security when you have dual citizenship
With the onset of technology, open networking sites and the world becoming a global village more people fall in love and marry with citizens of other nationalities. Many people move homes to settle in with their partners in their resident countries. Good news is, the US Social Security Administration has partnered with many countries on avoidance o...
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Would I be able to return to work if I become better after a few years of disability on SSDI

Returning to work after the Trial Work Period
Going to a long vacation, taking off from work may be most people's ideal lifestyles. But it becomes a burden when you can't go to work due to a mild or severe disability. Work gives you a purpose, a direction of something to look forward to and do your contribution to the society. But what if you had a disability in the past which limited your abi...
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20 common medical conditions in the SSA disability Blue Book

common medical conditions for SSDI claims, Blue Book impairments
After going through the vigorous steps of evaluating your eligibility for disability claims under Substantial Gainful Activity, SGA , the social security administration, SSA then forwards your claims to the Disability Determination Services, DDS , also a state agency. The DDS determines the severity of your disability through either a careful exami...
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How to know if you qualify for SSDI or SSI?

How to know if I qualify for SSI or SSDI
S SDI claims are a taxed payroll federally run insurance program that grants cash payments to unemployable individuals with severe disability. If you're an individual who paid significant social security taxes on his wages, for atleast 5 – 10 years then you would be eligible (aka disability) to apply for SSDI. The supplemental security income, SSI ...
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How the SSA would determine your SSDI eligibility if you are self employed

SSDI for employed
The Social Security Disability Insurance is a very vigorously awarded insurance claim program run directly under the Federal Rule. At the time of writing this article, the SSDI claims alone have helped lower the poverty levels in the US from 40% to under 6% since 1938. However, each year only 20% of the applications for social security are awarded ...
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SSDI for people with PTSD

Social Security Disability For PTSD Patients
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mild to severe mental condition that may get worse with time if left untreated. In order for you to qualify for disability with PTSD, you will need to prove your case with medical records that your condition lasted at least 24 months and interferes with your ability to perform work in substantial gainful activity...
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SSDI for people with schizophrenia

Social Security Disability Eligibility For Schizophrenic Patients
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder and has to be detected by a psychiatrist instead of a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. Mental disorders are more difficult to be testified by a doctor as severe disabilities under the strict criteria of the Blue Book of impairments . Nonetheless, schizophrenic patients suffer great troubles concentrat...
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10 reasons why your SSDI application might be denied

10 Reasons Why You Were Denied SSDI
The Social Security Disability, SSDI claims may be denied due to individual reasons in each case, but in most cases it is denied due to two basic reasons. Either your medical eligibility does not fit the disability eligibility criteria, or you did not file the application properly. There may be various other reasons why your disability claim was de...
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Denied SSDI. What to do?

Denied SSDI, here is what to do.
Denied Social Security Disability might be a frightening experience for you and your family. Especially if you are the bread winner and have dependents but can't go to work due to your disability. Although each year almost 79% of the total SSDI applications are denied, applying for social security disability in the right way may be the key for your...
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Can you get social security disability for a heart condition?

Social security for heart condition
Coronary heart disease refers to a narrowing of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen and blood to the heart. These arteries are responsible for supplying oxygen rich blood to the whole body. Failure to do so may be because of plaque causing the arteries to become narrower or blocked in some cases. Depending on the severity of...
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3 things to make sure before moving out of US to claim your SSDI

3 things to do right about disability claims before moving abroad with your loved one
Moving out of country for jobs, relationship, marriage or business is not uncommon as it used to. Many people prefer to live and travel freely as the world is more connected as a global village today. But people with disability may have some inhibitions when moving to another country. The good news, however, is if you are a US citizen and have your...
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SSDI vs Medicare. When to claim which?

SSDI vs Medicaid, when to claim which?
Medicare is provided to individuals over the age of 65, or disabled people under 65 years of age, or dependents who can't earn on their own, or people with end stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant). Paying medical bills for people with disability could be a huge financial burden and It could wipe away ...
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Can you go to work while receiving social security disability?

Can I go to work while on SSDI?
Many recipients of social security disability, SSDI are hesitant to go back to work or start any form of small business or activity to earn a little income doing work they can despite the disability. Many people have contacted our lawyers that they fear their social security checks might be in jeopardy if they do work. But that is not the case. The...
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Here are 8 things you should have before applying to your SSDI

Documents required for ssdi application
A successful disability application is which has been fulfilled properly and has minimum chances of being denied. It requires a vast know how of the dos and donots regarding your SSDI since only minor carelessness could be the reason of your application being denied. The most difficult thing in your SSDI application is to prove your disability is s...
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