Can You Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits?

Can You Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits?

If you cannot work due to a disability, you likely suffer from a loss of income. You may even be displaced or facing homelessness. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two financial assistance programs for qualifying disabled individuals. While you can receive SSDI and SSI benefits at the same time, it is important to know the differences between the two programs, how to qualify for benefits, and how to apply.

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People Who Can Help With Your Disability Claim

People Who Can Help With Your Disability Claim

Are you unable to work due to a disability? If so, you might be in the process of filing a disability claim. Or, maybe you’ve yet to start. Either way, applying for Social Security disability can be confusing. Luckily, if you need help applying for disability benefits, there are people who can lend a hand. Below, you will find some professionals who can assist you along the way.

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

If you see more people wearing blue this month, it might be because March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To help promote awareness, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance is launching its “Don’t Assume” campaign. At DSS, we want to highlight what you need to know and how a diagnosis could affect your ability to work. People diagnosed with colorectal cancer may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if they cannot work due to the disease. Here is what you need to know.

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The Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) Explained

The Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) Explained

Are you trying to find out if you qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? You won’t know for certain until you actually submit your application. However, there is a quick and easy way to get a better idea of your eligibility status. It’s called the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST).

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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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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 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 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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Social Security Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disease

Social Security Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disease

After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you may be unable to work. Due to your inability to work, you have the option to apply for Social Security disability benefits. This type of disability insurance is provided to an individual who is disabled or to their dependents based on how long the individual has worked and if enough credit was earned to qualify. To qualify for benefits in this manner, you must have a permanent disability. You are not eligible for payments during the first six months you are not working. With the application process, information from the Social Security Administration determines if you meet the definition of disability as set forth by the administration and if you are eligible for monthly benefits.

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