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Applying for Disability with Prostate Cancer

Applying for Disability with Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a physical, mental, and emotional hardship. But for many people, it’s also a financial hardship. Cancer treatment is expensive, and it takes a heavy toll on a person’s body. It’s hard to maintain a steady job. And, even after the cancer is gone, some patients are faced with long-term side effects that make it difficult or impossible to work. To help ease the burden, prostate cancer patients can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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What Does a Disability Attorney Do?

What Does a Disability Attorney Do?

Whether it’s your first time filing a claim or you’ve already been denied, a disability attorney can help you get the benefits you deserve. Disability attorneys specialize in helping their clients navigate the Social Security disability process. That means they know the process inside and out. They also have experience with a broad range of disabilities, including cancer and mental health. Therefore, if you need assistance applying for disability benefits or your claim has been denied, you might consider hiring a disability attorney.

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Will My SSDI or SSI Benefits Transfer Between States?

Will My SSDI or SSI Benefits Transfer Between States?

If you currently collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you might wonder if your disability benefits transfer when you move out of state. Below, we go over everything you need to know regarding SSDI or SSI benefits and what may happen as you move from one state to another.

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Understanding the Appeals Process for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Understanding the Appeals Process for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

The appeals process can be complicated and confusing. But, it is important to understand the process if you need to appeal your disability case. The SSA will review your case and make their decision carefully. However, if it is one that you do not agree with, you have the option to appeal. If you would like to start the appeals process, here is what you need to know. 

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Do You Need a Dire Need Letter?

Do You Need a Dire Need Letter?

A dire need situation is when an individual does not have the food, clothing, shelter, or the proper care or medicine that they need. They are also unable to get those things for themselves. A dire situation means that an individual’s health is immediately in danger based on their situation. It also shows that they lack the means and income to obtain what they need. If you find yourself in this situation, submitting a dire need letter may help your case.

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What Medical Conditions Apply to Disability Benefits?

What Medical Conditions Apply to Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits for medical conditions that may affect an individual’s ability to work. The requirements for such benefits are dependent on the medical diagnosis, as well as the severity of the condition. It is essential to understand which medical conditions apply to disability benefits, so you can determine if you qualify for assistance. Below are some of the disabling conditions that are recognized by the SSA.

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What is Substantial Gainful Activity?

What is Substantial Gainful Activity?

When considering filing for social security disability benefits, you will come across the term substantial gainful activity. What does this term mean? To determine eligibility for benefits, you must figure out if you can perform the substantial gainful activity. The Social Security Administration wants to know if you can take part in the substantial gainful activity. If they find that you can work, then you will not qualify for benefits. To qualify for assistance, you will need to pass substantial gainful activity tests based on the severity of the disability. You also must not be able to take part in work that is viewed as a substantial gainful activity.

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Disability Benefits for PTSD

Disability Benefits for PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that is brought on by the resurfacing of memories related to a traumatic event. An individual can develop this condition when an event is experienced or witnessed firsthand that creates an intense fear or feeling of helplessness. PTSD is often associated with veterans of the military. However, this is not the only instance in which an individual will be affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In fact, experiencing the trauma of any kind can result in triggering PTSD. Luckily, these individuals may be able to receive disability benefits for PTSD. 

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Disability Application Process by the Numbers [Infographic]

Disability Application Process by the Numbers [Infographic]

Presently, 12.6% of the United States population or nearly 40 million individuals are disabled. Subsequently, in Maryland, 8.6% of residents 21-64 years old are disabled. Many of which are unable to continue steady employment. That’s where disability insurance comes in. Over 2.5 million disability applications are submitted each year. And, although the disability application process can be long and arduous, it is worth the consideration.

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Doctors Can Help With Your Social Security Disability Case

Doctors Can Help With Your Social Security Disability Case

Once you decide to apply for a social security disability case, you will need the support of your doctor to be successful. Your doctor can be a driving force behind your ability to be approved for social security disability. With the addition of your doctor’s assistance and a signed letter, you will have a higher chance of receiving approval for your case. 

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