Qualifications

May Question of the Month

May 15, 2017

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 impact their health. In many cases, the impact of all of these conditions, in

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

December 7, 2016

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, it does so by determining your “Residual Functional Capacity,” or “RFC.”  An RFC is a finding of what you are able to do despite your medical

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

September 12, 2016

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 recently enough, and paid into Social Security through FICA tax withholdings from your paycheck (or contributions if self-employed).

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

March 1, 2016

The numbers are staggering. An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. If you suffer from chronic pain which prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but be prepared for an uphill battle. Pain, by its very nature, is

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