SSA 5-Step Evaluation [INFOGRAPHIC]

SSA 5-Step Evaluation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Our goal at DSS is to make the disability benefits claim process easier on you. Many times people are unsure if they qualify or if they should submit a claim. Check out our easy to read SSA 5-Step Evaluation infographic to help you learn more about the evaluation process.

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How Education Affects Disability Claims

How Education Affects Disability Claims

Before you understand how education plays a role in disability claims, it’s important to know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability. The SSA defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically physical or mental impairment. Any medical condition has to be terminal or last for a continuous period of more than one year. In basic terms, you have to be unable to work due to your medical condition. If you are in fact unable to work due to your disability, it is only then that factors like education and age may be taken into consideration.

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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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What Are Non-Medical SSDI Requirements?

What Are Non-Medical SSDI Requirements?

It’s true that not everyone with a disability qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet both the medical and non-medical criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Read on to learn about the non-medical SSDI requirements, and how to know if you meet them.

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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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Ways to Determine if You Are Capable of Working 

Ways to Determine if You Are Capable of Working 

Applicants may be adamant that they cannot work but for specific reasons, the Social Security Administration may feel differently. So, the question is: what are the criteria that SSA officers use to determine whether a person should receive benefits? The information below will help you to understand and identify the factors the SSA uses to determine if an applicant is able to work, or if they can be a recipient of the disability benefits.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Disability Benefits

Multiple Sclerosis and Disability Benefits

More than 400,000 individuals living in the United States suffer from the debilitating disease known as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease that affects your central nervous system. It causes problems with nerve impulses and the brain being able to communicate with the body. This can cause great impact the ability to complete everyday tasks, including working. This, in turn, leads to the need for assistance such as with disability benefits.

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What is Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE)?

What is Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE)?

The EPE applies if you are receiving disability benefits and have gone back to work after the trial work period. Only to now find yourself not able to work yet again due to your disability. EPE consists of a time frame of 36-months in which you may see SSDI benefits stop and restart. It does not require a new determination of disability by the Social Security Administration to restart your benefits. EPE does not apply to recipients of the SSI program.

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Who benefits from SSI?

Who benefits from SSI?

Who benefits from SSI? And can you qualify for multiple forms of assistance in addition to it? Here are some FAQ’s regarding SSI. These are concerns we hear from a lot of our Clients at Disability Support Services. Contact us today for a consultation. We are here to help!

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