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New 8.7% COLA Social Security benefit hike

8.7% COLA Social Security benefit hike: Here’s when you will see it. Millions of Social Security recipients in the United States are going to benefit from the largest Cost Of Living Adjustment since 1981 with an 8.7% increase in 2023. According to Social Security Administration this cost of living adjustment will take effect with the […]

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Qualifying for Social Security Disability With a Speech Disorder

A speech disorder can prevent someone from being able to communicate effectively. Loss of speech can impact one’s personal life by making daily activities significantly more difficult. It can also be hard to maintain a job without being able to speak and communicate with co-workers and customers. Speech disorders can affect anyone at any age […]

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Difference Between Technical Denials and Informal Denials in a Disability Case

Technical denials and informal denials both result in a disability claim being denied prior to a medical determination. This means the Social Security Administration (SSA) did not have a chance to make a medical decision about whether or not you are disabled. These denials can be given after an initial application is filed or during […]

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Disability Benefits After Undergoing Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a major, but common surgical procedure to help relieve pain and restore function to a knee joint that has been severely damaged, often due to arthritis. While most people make a full recovery after surgery, some people experience complications, such as knee replacement failure. An unsuccessful surgery can leave a person […]

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Does Social Security Consider Long COVID as a Disabling Impairment?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 can suffer from Long COVID, even if it was mild. It is a broad term for the debilitating illness that lingers much longer than the initial COVID-19 infection. However, not everyone suffering from Long COVID or post-COVID syndrome is able to qualify for Social Security Disability. If the […]

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Qualifying for SNAP as an SSI Recipient

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federally funded program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), providing monthly benefits to low-income individuals with disabilities. The SSA offers several programs for those with limited income and resources. This includes a program that provides food stamps known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Similar to […]

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What to Avoid Saying At Your Disability Hearing to Protect Your Claim

Although less formal than a traditional courtroom trial, disability hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ) are an important part of the disability determination process. However, many claims are still denied at disability hearings. What you say to the ALJ can be the deciding factor in whether you are granted benefits. It is important to […]

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Receiving Social Security Disability for Shoulder-Related Injuries

No two shoulder injuries are alike. Anyone who suffers from a shoulder injury will have different limitations and prognoses. While most of these injuries are minor and will likely not qualify for Social Security Disability, in certain cases, a shoulder injury may be severe enough to be unable to work. Receiving disability benefits for a […]

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Why Social Security May Conduct Surveillance on Disability Claimants

If you have applied for Social Security Disability or are already receiving disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can stop your monthly benefits if they believe that you do not qualify or no longer fit the criteria for disability. The SSA can make this determination in several different ways, one of which may include […]

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Can Filing for Bankruptcy Affect My Disability Payments?

Many disabled people rely on their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to live off of when they are unable to work. Certain changes to a person’s situation, however, could jeopardize his or her ability to continue receiving disability payments. One fear is filing for bankruptcy. Fortunately, most SSDI and […]

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