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How Long Does it Take to Be Approved for Disability Benefits?

Applying for Social Security Disability can be a stressful and trying process. Many people wonder exactly how long this process takes and how soon they can expect to receive benefits. It's an understandable concern. If you're unable to work and have no way of supporting your family, the last thing you want to do is jump through hoop after hoop and navigate red tape while trying to obtain the Social Security Disability benefit payments that you are entitled to.

Understanding Long-Term Disability Insurance vs. Social Security Disability

If you become unable to work because of an accident or because of medical conditions, there is help available. You probably know that there are different programs that offer benefits, but you may not be aware of the differences or how they work. In short, there are long term disability benefits as well as Social Security disability benefits. You may be able to collect long term disability and Social Security disability at the same time.

What is an RFC and Why Should I Obtain One from My Doctor?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability is complex. The most straightforward way to win an award for your disabling illness is to meet the listing criteria of a particular condition in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book. However, many individuals do not meet a Blue Book listing, despite being severely disabled.

Medical Improvement Likely: What This Means For Disability Recipients

To an outsider, Social Security disability benefits may appear to be a ticket to government income. The perception that people receiving disability benefits are lazy is completely false. Anyone with a disability or who works with people with disabilities know how challenging it is to receive disability. The instances of fraud are few and far between: 8.5 million Americans receive SSDI, and 8 million receive SSI. Fraud occurs in less than 2% of these cases.

February 2nd is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

Each year over 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with a painful condition known as rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body’s immune system attacks tissue and joints and even internal organs. The disease attacks the tissues inside joints, causing very painful swelling. Over time, the joints can become deformed and bones can decay as a result.

How Does Social Security Affect LGBTQ Families?

If you are part of the LGBTQ community and you or your partner is receiving Social Security benefits, your family may be eligible for additional resources. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly financial aid for people who have disabilities and are unable to work, or to people who have retired. Here’s a little more information on the benefits you and your family may be eligible to receive:

Applying For Disability Benefits When You Have Cancer

If you have cancer, you may be unable to work and earn a living. Cancers of any kind or stage can be disabling. Even if your cancer is caught early on and is treatable, the treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation can be disabling and cause a variety of side effects that affect your ability to perform daily activities or work and earn a living.

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