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Busting Myths About Mental Disorders and Social Security Disability

Myth #1: Disability recipients do not deserve their benefits. If the current administration in Washington gets the budget they have proposed, more than $72 billion will be cut from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)...

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Posted August 10, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Can I Get Social Security Disability for Ulcerative Colitis?

If you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), you need to know that many of those with this disease are able to manage their UC symptoms and live a full life. Unfortunately for others, despite medication and changes...

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Posted August 7, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Social Security Beneficiaries: You May Get Your Biggest Raise in Six Years

After a puny raise in the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) this year of only .3%, and no increase at all in 2016, the expected increase for 2018 is good news for those who rely on Social Security benefits. The...

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Posted August 4, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Cornfest Family Fun Day

An all-around great time is coming on Sunday, September 10, at the Cornfest Family Fun Day. This annual free event in Oak Brook will offer plenty of picnic-style food like hot dogs, hamburgers, roasted corn-on-the-cob, sweet taffy apples, and homemade...

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Posted August 1, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Four Ways the President’s Budget Will Hurt the Disabled

Even though it is summertime, an icy wind is blowing in from Washington, D.C., for disabled Americans, as the federal budget season kicks off. President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget is titled, “The New Foundation for American Greatness”, but it may...

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Posted July 18, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


New Rules May Make the Backlog of Disability Claims Even Worse

Let’s start with this: the backlog of Social Security disability cases is a national disgrace. According to the latest statistics (updated monthly with the most current data available from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of Disability Adjudication...

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Posted July 12, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Does Blindness or Low Vision Qualify for Social Security Disability?

If you or someone you care about is among the 25 million Americans who are living with blindness or significant vision loss, you know how difficult (and often impossible) it is to find and keep a job. But financial assistance...

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Posted July 6, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


FREE Family Fun and Excitement: The Chicago Air and Water Show

Are you ready for daredevil thrills in the air and on the water? If so, then the Chicago Park District Air & Water Show is just the ticket. And the best part? This ticket is FREE. The Air and Water...

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Posted July 1, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Act Now, Call Republicans to Stop Healthcare Attack

Pardon the intrusion, but I am respectfully asking for your help here in fighting against the injustice and downright cruelty of the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) now up for a vote in the Senate. After 40 years of talking to...

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Posted June 26, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Social Security Disability Benefits for Those Who are Self-Employed - How It Works

If you are self-employed — that is, you own your own business or you do freelance work – you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, if — due to an injury or illness — you are...

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Posted June 19, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Winning Social Security Disability Benefits After a Stroke

Joe didn’t know exactly what was happening to him, but he knew it wasn’t good. Suddenly, his right arm and leg went numb. His vision was blurred. And when he called out to one of his co-workers for help, his...

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Posted June 12, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


June Question of the Month

I was wounded while on military service overseas. Can I receive Social Security disability benefits in addition to my VA disability benefits? Unfortunately, too many wounded vets are unaware that they have a right to apply for, and receive, Social Security...

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Posted June 7, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Honor Our Military Service Members - Thoughts from Tom Nash

A few weeks ago, we observed Memorial Day. Since the end of the Civil War, this has been a day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Just weeks before...

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Posted June 5, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Free Training to Help Loved Ones with Mental Disorders

Caring for those who suffer from mental illness presents many challenges. Mental health professionals say that one of the most important lessons for families to learn is that they didn’t cause their loved one’s disorder and they can’t cure...

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Posted June 1, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Winning Social Security Disability Benefits for PTSD

In 2011, researchers started screening the patients at the trauma center at Chicago’s Stroger Hospital of Cook County for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  They were astounded by what they found. Nearly 2,000 victims of gunshots, stabbings, and other violent injuries...

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Posted May 18, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Examining the Impact of Childhood Trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences—defined as any form of trauma or abuse which occurs in the lives of youngsters—can impact a person negatively well into adulthood and often times shadows their entire life. These traumas can be the result of intentional violence — such...

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Posted May 17, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Disabled and Working? Don’t Get Into a Legal Jam.

Nash Attorney Commentary by Tom Nash Recently, Nash attorney Dan Rosen and I took a call from a federal criminal defense attorney. He told us about his client, a woman who had received as much as $1,000 a month in...

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Posted May 16, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


May Question of the Month

I have more than one medical problem.  Will SSA consider all of my medical problems, or do I have to select one? People with illnesses or injuries that prevent them from being able to work often suffer from multiple conditions which...

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Posted May 15, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


An Easy Way to Access Free Family Events

Summer is almost here!  It’s a time when you can finally  get outside and enjoy free fun with your family in Chicago’s many parks. And you can make your life easier and make sure you don’t miss out on any...

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Posted May 15, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Supreme Court Expands Educational Rights for Disabled Student

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ruled on March 25, 2017, that schools must do more than just the bare minimum for students with disabilities. In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “When all is said and...

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Posted April 27, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Is a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Enough to Qualify for Social Security Disability?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), “Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others.” Many with schizophrenia see things that are not...

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Posted April 19, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Congress Considers Eliminating 5-Month SSDI Waiting Period for ALS Patients

As it is written now, the law says that SSDI benefits can be paid only after an individual has been disabled continuously throughout a period of five full calendar months, regardless of the nature of their disability. SSDI benefits begin...

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Posted April 7, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Nash Disability Law: Advocating for Our Clients and Our Community

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” That quote from Winston Churchill sums up quite well what we believe and practice every day at Nash Disability Law. We are active...

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Posted April 4, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Question of the Month: What Benefits Are Available to Me as a Disabled Widow or Widower?

When your spouse dies not only is it emotionally overwhelming, it can be financially devastating as well. However, many do not realize that when a spouse passes away, the surviving wife or husband may be eligible for widow/widower benefits, which...

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Posted April 1, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Trumpcare: An Awful Deal for Chicagoland, America, and You

Insight from Tom Nash (His views do not necessarily represent those of others at the firm.) Some words about the health care issue in America. A great American patriot said our lives begin to end the day we become silent about...

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Posted March 22, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Here’s To Your Health! Get a Free Medicare Checkup

Here's some good news. Everyone covered under Medicare Part B is eligible for a free annual wellness checkup conducted by a doctor or another health care professional. Medicare & You 2017, the official Medicare handbook, says that "Medicare covers two types...

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Posted March 22, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


March Question of the Month

Will I Receive Medicare if I am approved for disability benefits? The short answer is yes. Everyone eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is also eligible for Medicare, but you won’t get Medicare benefits right away. The Social Security...

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Posted March 15, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Home Cooking: Mississippi Roast

A treasured recipe from Ann Nash I know your family will love this Crockpot recipe for Mississippi Roast. It’s one of my family’s favorites. Thanks to the New York Times and Food Editor Sam Sifton who adapted this recipe from Robin...

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Posted March 2, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


8 Things You Need to Know Now About Your Social Security Disability Benefits

8 Things You Need to Know Now About Your Social Security Disability Benefits 1.  If you are still getting disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your benefits will be changed automatically to retirement benefits. Generally speaking, the...

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Posted February 17, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Ankylosing Spondylitis and Social Security Disability

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Social Security Disability Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a particularly debilitating and painful form of arthritis. According to a USA Today report, one in three Americans suffers from arthritis, and it is a leading cause of disability because...

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Posted February 14, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


House Scraps Background Check for Disabled Social Security Recipients Who Buy Guns

House Scraps Background Check for Disabled Social Security Recipients Who Buy Guns A rule, created during the Obama administration, would prevent some Social Security disability recipients from buying firearms if they had a mental disorder so severe that they could...

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Posted February 10, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2017 Does any city celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with more enthusiasm and fun than Chicago? We don’t think so either. After they dye the Chicago River green, join the city’s big and noisy celebration of all...

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Posted February 7, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Nash Attorney “Fighting Irish” Produce District Court Wins: Insight from Tom Nash

Nash Attorney In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought you might like to know how the “Fighting Irish” here at Nash Disability Law are fighting for your rights. In the past several weeks, judges of the United States...

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Posted February 3, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Protest Against Repeal of Obamacare Results in Arrest of Local Pediatrician

Protest Against Repeal of Obamacare Results in Arrest of Local Pediatrician The potential repeal of the Affordable Care (popularly known as Obamacare) continues to spark confrontations. Last month, a local pediatrician was arrested during a protest outside the Republican Organization...

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Posted February 1, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD): Key Considerations in Qualifying for Social Security Disability

Degenerative Joint Disease Social Security Disability Qualifications If you suffer from degenerative joint disease (DJD), you are not alone. More than three million Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Also known as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease is a...

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Posted January 20, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


A Worthwhile New Year’s Resolution: Check Your Social Security Statement

New Year Social Security Statement It’s a new year and a new beginning, so resolve to do yourself and your family a favor by checking your Social Security Statement. It’s a quick and easy process and it’s all online. “The...

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Posted January 16, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Will Trump Waver on Social Security?

New Year Social Security Statement During the 2016 presidential campaign, surprisingly little was said about Social Security, even though the program is critically important to American seniors and disabled workers. USA Today reports that “based on the most recent data...

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Posted January 13, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Demetra Geller

Intake Attorney Demetra Geller For Nash Intake Attorney Demetra Geller, the experiences that would shape her career and her outlook on life came early. “I have always enjoyed helping people understand how to help themselves, starting from a young age,...

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Posted January 9, 2017 by Nash Disability Law


Trump, Obamacare, and You: Perspective from Tom Nash

Trump, Obamacare, and You During this year’s often bitter presidential campaign, Candidate Donald Trump was sharply critical of the Affordable Care Act (popularly referred to as Obamacare).  He vowed that, if elected, repealing and replacing the ACA would happen on...

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Posted December 20, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Social Security Turned Down My Disability Application. What Should I Do?

Social Security Turned Down My Disability Application. What Should I Do? As every American who has ever worked knows, taxes are taken out of each paycheck. Part of those taxes pay for Social Security benefits, including disability insurance. The way...

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Posted December 12, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Question of the Month: My Doctor Put Me On Light Duty. How Did I Get Denied?

My Doctor Put Me On Light Duty. How Did I Get Denied? Suppose your doctor limited you to performing “light duty” work.  Why wouldn’t this be enough for Social Security to award disability benefits?  When Social Security decides a disability claim,...

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Posted December 7, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Winter Fest: Free Family Fun in Lake County, IL

Winter Fest: Free Family Fun in Lake County, IL Are you a winter lover?  Then we have an event for you—Winter Fest in Vernon Hills.  And even if you’re not so keen on winter, this free family event will help...

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Posted December 1, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


What to Expect at Your Social Security Hearing

What to Expect at Your Social Security Hearing Many people are surprised to learn that a hearing to determine whether or not they will be awarded Social Security benefits for their disability is typically short (usually in the range of...

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Posted November 21, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


New VA and Social Security Partnership Promises Faster Disability Decisions for Vets

New VA and Social Security Partnership Promises Faster Disability Decisions for Vets Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new system that electronically links VA facilities with all Social Security disability case processing sites.  What this will...

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Posted November 14, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


A Day in the Life of NDL Advocacy

A Day in the Life of NDL Advocacy Anyone who wades into the Social Security Disability waters—whether they are seeking benefits or if they are an advocate for the disabled—quickly learns there are two essential truths about Social Security Disability...

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Posted November 11, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Mitch Frazier

Meet Mitch Frazier Nash Senior Case Manager Mitch Frazier is drawn to great sports teams, so he respects and admires solid teamwork. “I am a really big sports fan (Go Cubbies),” he will tell you, “but the Bulls are my...

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Posted November 7, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Free Family Fun: Thanksgiving Parade

Free Family Fun: Thanksgiving Parade Thanksgiving is about three Fs. Food and football are always a part of this holiday celebration, but the most important F is family. You can build your own family tradition and create cherished memories...

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Posted November 1, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Americans Struggle as Disability Backlog Gets Worse

Americans Struggle as Disability Backlog Gets Worse Insight from Tom Nash If you are waiting for a ruling on a Social Security disability claim, you’ll have to get in line—a very, very long line.  The current estimate of the backlog...

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Posted October 24, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Jyoti Raval

meet jyoti raval “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” For Nash Hearing Attorney Jyoti Raval, this quote from Mahatma Gandhi, which she treasures, reveals a lot about herself—where she came from...

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Posted October 17, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Gandhi Jayanti: Celebrating an Inspirational World Leader

Each year in October, the holiday Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated in the memory of Mohandas Gandhi, the highly respected leader of the movement which brought an end to British rule over India and independence to the Indian people. On...

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Posted October 10, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Honoring American Heroes: Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served in our country’s Armed Forces. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day,” and November 11 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the...

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Posted October 1, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Why You Need a Lawyer: A Must-See Video

When you are disabled and unable to work the stress can be overwhelming. You have many questions about Social Security disability (SSDI) and clear answers are hard to find. You are faced with having to make difficult decisions and you...

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Posted September 22, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


What You Need to Know Now About Social Security Disability

In recent years, even more so in election years, much has been written and said about the Social Security disability program, yet much of it has been false and inflammatory. Those receiving Social Security disability payments have been...

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Posted September 16, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Question of the Month: What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

ssdi vs ssi There are two kinds of disability payments under Social Security law: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are disabled and if you worked long enough and...

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Posted September 12, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Pat Barto

Pat Barto A current TV commercial for one company proclaims, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.” That could also apply to Pat Barto, a Medical Records Paralegal for Nash Disability Law. She knows...

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Posted September 9, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


A Cry for Help: Preventing Suicide

It is heartbreaking. Each year more than 42,000 Americans die by suicide. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, with the objective of helping to focus attention on this serious problem. We all need to be informed and educated on how we...

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Posted September 1, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Does Diabetes Qualify Me for Social Security Disability?

Diabetes has been described by some health professionals as the “silent pandemic.” The exact number of Americans suffering from diabetes is elusive. Some estimates say the number is at almost 30 million, and for as many as 8 million of...

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Posted August 23, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Your Vote is Your Voice: Perspective from Tom Nash

Your vote matters. Why is it important to vote? Is it just to express your opinion? I think Lyndon Johnson, our 36th President, summed it up best when he said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by...

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Posted August 16, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Amy Altbach

You only have to spend a few moments with Nash Attorney Amy Altbach to discover what drives her. As an Intake Attorney, she spends most of her days talking with clients to determine whether or not Nash Disability Law can...

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Posted August 9, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Social Security Benefits Expected to Rise Next Year, But Not By Much

Every year the Social Security Medicare Board of Trustees looks at the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, (CPI-W) and sets the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) rate—how much Social Security Benefits will increase—for the next year. While...

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Posted August 5, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


August Question of the Month

Can I still receive SSD benefits if I receive other benefits from another source? Generally, you can still receive the Social Security Disability Insurance Benefit (DIB) based on your individual wage record if you receive other benefits, such as service-connected Veterans’...

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Posted August 2, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Team Member Spotlight: Brianne Stricoff

Growing up in south Florida, it may have been inevitable that Nash attorney Brianne Stricoff would attend the University of Florida and become a lifelong, dyed-in-the-wool Florida Gators fan. She will tell you with a wry smile that her favorite...

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Posted July 13, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Question of the Month: How Long Will My Social Security Disability Benefits Last?

Once you are approved for Social Security disability your benefit payments will last until one of three things happen: You reach retirement age; Your medical condition improves and you are able to return to work; You start working and earn too much money. Retirement...

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Posted July 8, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Important Information to Help Make the Difference Between Success and Failure

Pursuing a Social Security disability claim can be a slow and frustrating process.  The difference between success and failure often hinges on effective legal representation, and the knowledge of a client or health professional about the Social Security Disability process...

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Posted July 5, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


A Winning Formula: Sharp SSA Personnel, Advocacy, and Relationships - Insight from Tom Nash

Nearly every day at Nash Disability Law, we hear this from our clients: “I am so grateful for Social Security disability. If I didn’t get disability benefits, I don’t know what I would do.” SSDI and SSI payments—although modest—are crucial...

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Posted June 30, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


A Great 4th of July Starts with Great Food

The 4th of July holiday is a time to celebrate with family, friends, and food. This easy-to-make Red, White and Blueberry Torte is a favorite festive summertime recipe of Nash Attorney, Demetra Geller. “I did not create this recipe, but...

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Posted June 24, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Free Family Fun in Millennium Park

Engage, entertain, and, yes, even educate your kids this summer at the Millennium Park Family Fun Festival. And good news: it’s FREE. The Millennium Park Family Fun Festival offers activities for kids of all ages including arts, crafts, and music....

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Posted June 17, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Will You Get a Fair Hearing Under a New SSA Plan?

With more than one million Americans waiting for hearings to decide whether or not they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, it is not uncommon for a disabled person to wait for nearly a year and a half for...

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Posted June 14, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Keep Your Family Safe June is National Safety Month

Many things can cause you to worry about your safety like plane crashes or being a victim of violent crime. But everyday things like driving, swimming, and working outdoors pose much greater risks. The good news is that you can...

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Posted June 10, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


A Dirty Social Security Disability Secret

Insight from Tom Nash Claimants in the Social Security Disability process have seen both themselves and their treating health professionals become overwhelmed with the paperwork sent by SSA. While pesky, our advice is to just tell the truth regarding the information...

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Posted June 3, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Working to Stamp Out the Stigma of Mental Illness

Mental illness touches nearly every American family. Almost 60 million individuals experience a mental health condition every year. Regardless of race, age, religion or economic status, mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and...

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Posted May 27, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Grab a seat or spread out on the lawn for the Millennium Park Summer Music Series which kicks off June 6 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. An exciting lineup of 18 FREE concerts will continue on most every Monday...

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Posted May 18, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Free App Helps Those with Epilepsy

To improve your chance of being approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you should keep a log of your medical information for your healthcare providers. This can be very helpful to you when you fill out Social Security forms,...

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Posted May 11, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Libby Willis

A spotlight on one of the professional team members who work for you at Nash Disability Law. “We make a living by what we earn. We make a life by what we give.” That keen insight from Winston Churchill perfectly...

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Posted May 4, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Social Security Disability Benefits for Those Living with Autism

April was Autism Awareness Month. With the increase in awareness of autism and autism spectrum disorders, many are surprised to know that doctors first put a name to the condition nearly 75 years ago. At this time, psychologist Leo...

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Posted April 27, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Don’t Miss Out - Follow @NashSSDILaw on Twitter

Don’t Miss Out - Follow @NashSSDILaw on Twitter What are you passionate about? At Nash Disability Law, we’re passionate about helping people. We’ve helped tens of thousands of people in the Chicagoland area get the disability benefits they’ve earned....

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Posted April 20, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Join the Celebration: The Polish Constitution Day Parade

Join the Celebration: The Polish Constitution Day Parade Did you know that the Polish Constitution was the second democratic constitution in the world (the first was the U.S. Constitution), and that it was the very first constitution in Europe? Every...

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Posted April 13, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Poznaj Gosie (Meet Margaret Nowobilski)

Poznaj Gosie (Meet Margaret Nowobilski) A spotlight on one of the professional team members who work for you at Nash Disability Law. If you’ve had to fill out government forms, you know how bewildering they can be. Now imagine how much...

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Posted April 5, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


How A Social Security Lawyer Can Help You Win Benefits

How A Social Security Lawyer Can Help You Win Benefits? To collect benefits under either the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, you’re faced with an impersonal and uncaring bureaucracy that seems intent on denying...

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Posted April 1, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Spring Blossoms at a Free Family Event

Is it okay to report income to get a refund on my taxes? Every spring, Macy's on State Street bursts and blooms with the spirit of the season. For 2016, the theme for the Spring Flower Show is “America The...

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Posted March 22, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


March Question of the Month:

Is it okay to report income to get a refund on my taxes? I have applied for disability. Is it okay to report income to get a refund on my taxes? It’s tragic, but all too often those who apply for...

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Posted March 15, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


A Bold New Plan to Help the Mentally Ill in Cook County

A Bold New Plan to Help the Mentally Ill in Cook County A new 24-hour Cook County mental health triage center aims to provide a better place for police to take individuals experiencing psychiatric or substance abuse crises. County officials...

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Posted March 8, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


You’re Right, Social Security Does Not Feel Your Pain (And What You Can Do About It)

You’re Right, Social Security Does Not Feel Your Pain (And What You Can Do About It) The numbers are staggering. An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. If...

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Posted March 1, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


I’ve Been Approved. When Do I Get Paid?

It will try your patience. The benefits you have earned under the Social Security Disability (SSDI) or the Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) program can take anywhere from two months to two years (and sometimes more) to be approved. It is...

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Posted February 16, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


2016 Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Guy playing bagpipe Photo: Jamie McCaffrey Does any city celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with more enthusiasm and fun than Chicago? We don’t think so either. After they dye the Chicago River green, join the city’s big and noisy celebration of...

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Posted February 12, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


February Question of the Month

Do you automatically get Medicare benefits if you are approved for Social Security disability benefits? Everyone who is approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is also entitled to Medicare, but the Social Security Administration requires a 24-month waiting period...

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Posted February 8, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Applying for Disability

Insight from the Intake Team at Nash Disability Law What is disability as defined by Social Security? According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), "the definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total...

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Posted February 1, 2016 by Tom Nash


January Question of the Month:

Can I own a home and still receive Social Security Disability benefits? The short answer is yes. You can receive Social Security Disability payments and own a home. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are not based on your resources or your...

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Posted January 20, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


In the Community

Nash Disability Law is proud to support our community. Recently, we signed on to sponsor 10 inner-city children for the organization My Block, My Hood, My City. MBMHMC takes a group of interested teenagers on a city-wide exploration every month to...

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Posted January 20, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Win a $200 Amazon.com Shopping Spree

For the latest Social Security disability news, sign up today for the FREE Nash Disability Law e-newsletter delivered right to your email inbox. We’re so confident that you’ll find the Social Security information in our monthly e-newsletter worthwhile, that we’re offering...

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Posted January 18, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Don’t Give Up on Your Disability Claim

Meet Jeff Davis. He first used another law firm which dropped his Social Security Disability claim when the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied disability. With Nash Disability Law (NDL), his claim was also rejected after a hearing with an ALJ. But...

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Posted January 11, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Disability Back Pay: How It Works

Because Social Security disability claims take a long time to process, past due disability benefits (known as disability back pay) are paid in many cases. How much back pay you might receive in a successful claim for disability benefits depends...

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Posted January 4, 2016 by Nash Disability Law


Don’t Demolish Your Social Security Disability Case

When should you contact your disability lawyer? Pursuing your Social Security disability claim will be a slow, complicated, and sometimes frustrating process. A misstep on your part can destroy your case and result in the denial of benefits, even though they...

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Posted December 14, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


Under 50 Years Old?

A Social Security Disability Secret Revealed. Here is a little secret about qualifying for Social Security disability benefits: The younger you are, the harder it can be to win your case. The most important factor Social Security uses in awarding disability...

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Posted December 7, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


Harsh New Penalties for Social Security Fraud

Congress has created a new law which makes Social Security fraud a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. The law also imposes even stiffer penalties for “individuals in positions of trust (including claimant...

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Posted November 30, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


Beat the Winter Blues

Free fun in Chicago At this time of the year, it can be freezing cold outside. Why not get out of the cold and into one of Chicago’s hottest attractions at an unbeatable price: Free! For 16 weekdays in January, the Museum...

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Posted November 23, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


Rules on Spending for Children with Disabilities Create Turmoil

Insight from Nash Attorney Amy Altbach It’s a call we get all too often at Nash Disability Law. A parent – usually a mom – is confused and upset after meeting with a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. The parent is...

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Posted November 19, 2015 by Amy Altbach


No Social Security Cost of Living Increase for 2016

For only the third time in 40 years, there will be no cost of living (COLA) increase for Social Security beneficiaries receiving old age and retirement benefits and those receiving disability benefits. However, depending on how you pay for it,...

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Posted November 16, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


Meet Social Security Disability Attorney Dan Rosen

A spotlight on the professional team members who work for you at Nash Disability Law. One sure way to bring a smile to Dan Rosen’s face is to ask him how he likes to spend his free time. He will tell...

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Posted November 10, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


The Social Security Disability Trust Fund is Rescued, but Changes Are on the Horizon

A comprehensive budget deal struck between the White House and Congress will replenish the money in the Social Security Disability Trust Fund and avoid a more than 20 percent cut in benefits checks. As we have reported in this newsletter...

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Posted November 2, 2015 by Nash Disability Law


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