Category Archives: SSDI General Information

How the Social Security Hiring Freeze Affects Disability Claimants

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The Trump Administration’s federal hiring freeze officially took effect on January 23rd.  This affects most government services, including Social Security.  Here’s what you need to know about how the Social Security hiring freeze affects those applying for disability.

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What to Do If You Get a Job While You Are Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Many people who receive Social Security Disability benefits would love nothing more than to have a stimulating and rewarding job again.  If you are or plan to become employed while receiving Social Security Disability benefits, here are three essential things you should do.

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What are the requirements to initially file a Social Security Disability Insurance claim?

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One question I sometimes hear from potential clients is “How do I even know I should apply for benefits?  What are the requirements to initially file?”

Here are the four main requirements you should meet before you submit a Social Security Disability application. 

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What is Social Security? [Infographic]

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What is Social Security?  You might encounter that question from friends and family when they hear that you are filing a Social Security Disability insurance claim.  This infographic by the Social Security Administration makes it a snap to explain!

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Social Security Disability Benefits to Rise in 2017

© Sergey Ryzhov / fotolia.comSocial Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) is set to raise Social Security benefits by a small amount in 2017.  

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New from SSA:  Improved Status Updates for Disability Applications and Appeals

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The Social Security Administration is launching a new service for mySocialSecurity account users.  This is great news for Southern Illinois residents!

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How to Transition From Work to Social Security Disability

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One of the most frequent questions I hear from prospective clients goes like this: “My health problems are getting worse and worse. My boss and my co-workers have been picking up the slack for me for a long time. I have used up most of my personal leave days. I have to keep working because I need the health insurance. I know the day is going to come when I have to stop work. ”

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Disabled? Considering Returning to Work? Read About These New Rules Just Announced By the Social Security Administration.

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Many people who are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits choose to return to work.  New rules that go into effect on November 16, 2016, will make that step easier and safer for the worker and his or her family.

This article will apply to the current rules as the “old rules.”  But keep in mind they are still in effect until November 16, 2016.

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The New Social Security Mental Disorder Listings Catch Up With Science: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders

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On January 17, 2017, the new rules for evaluating mental disorders will go into effect.  These changes are important for Southern Illinois Social Security Disability attorneys and their clients.  Among the many changes are three new listings: 12.11 Neurodevelopmental disorders, 12.13 Eating Disorders, and 12.15 Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.  

This article focuses on Listing 12.15 Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.

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A New Method of Evaluating Dementia and Other Neurocognitive Disorders in Social Security Disability Claims

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On January 17, 2017, the new Mental Disorders Listings will go into effect.  Southern Illinois Social Security disability attorneys are busy getting familiar with the changes.  We are gleaning valuable insight from the public comments and the Agency’s explanations of the changes.

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