It is hard to be certain whether you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits until you file a disability claim. However, there is an easy way to pre-screen your eligibility status. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is a free online survey offered by the Social Security […]
Can Certain Life Changes Increase a Disability Recipients Benefits?
Sometimes a disability recipient's circumstances may change after they have applied or become eligible for benefits. If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), certain life changes may increase your benefits. For instance, you may be eligible for a higher benefit amount based on your own earnings or a […]
What Does it Take to Prove an Invisible Disability to Be Eligible for Benefits?
Not all disabilities are visually apparent or obvious. These conditions are known as invisible disabilities. An invisible disability can be serious and debilitating enough that an individual cannot work or perform day-to-day activities. Invisible disabilities are also harder to prove if you are applying for disability benefits. A licensed Social Security Disability lawyer based in […]
Compassionate Allowances Program Expanded to Assist Severely Ill Claimants
The Social Security Administration (SSA) helps provide expedited processing for medical conditions that are listed in the Compassionate Allowances program. These cases do not require any special criteria in order to qualify for disability benefits. Medical records just need to reflect a claimant’s diagnosis. Below, we discuss the program’s latest expansion to assist severely ill […]
Are SSI Recipients Automatically Eligible for Medicaid?
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness who have limited income and resources. Most SSI recipients are often also eligible to receive Medicaid, which is another program that provides benefits for low-income individuals. However, whether an SSI recipient is automatically eligible for and enrolled […]
Do Disability Benefits Stop if Your Condition Gets Better On Its Own?
Disability benefits offer financial help to those who cannot work because of a serious medical condition. These benefits can continue as long as you meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) eligibility requirements. However, if your condition is getting better, you may no longer be eligible for disability. Dayes Law Firm is ready to answer any […]
Is it Hard to Obtain Social Security Disability If You Have Dementia?
Living with a disability can be difficult and affect people in different ways. People may be unable to do activities they once enjoyed and/or be unable to earn an income due to physical or mental limitations. When someone has a disabling condition that prevents them from working, Social Security Disability benefits may be available. Dementia […]
How Do I Appeal My Disability Case in Federal District Court?
If you do not agree with the Appeals Council’s decision, or the Appeals Council decided not to review your disability case, you have the right to file a civil complaint in Federal District Court. This is the final level of the appeals process. A federal judge will either remand the case or affirm or reverse […]
Can Receiving an Inheritance Affect My Disability Benefits?
If you receive an inheritance while getting Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to know how this additional asset may impact your eligibility for more disability payments. The answer will depend on the program you are enrolled in. Any inheritance must be reported to the Social Security Administration. Below, our legal teams explain how […]
Can I Get Disability for a Genetic or Inherited Disorder?
The short answer is yes. Social Security Disability benefits are available to claimants with genetic or inherited disorders as long as they meet certain qualifying criteria. One genetic disorder the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes is Huntington’s Disease (HD). HD affects the brain and can progressively lead to decreased coordination, cognitive decline and psychiatric issues. […]