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Part of the reason we represent claimants that are disabled is because we enjoy helping people. To that end, we have a blog where we provide free disability benefits information to the public on a weekly basis. We also publish a number of articles covering a wide range of disability benefits issues. Below are some of those articles:

Don’t Forget Your Ticket To Work
Thousands of people are deemed by the Social Security Administration to be disabled every year. Many of those who receive disability benefits are under the impression that they cannot earn any income while they are disabled. Ticket to Work is a program helping the disabled obtain meaningful employment while they continue to receive disability benefits.

Improve Your Social Security Disability Application
One of the most frequently asked Social Security disability benefits questions is how to speed up the application process. Although in only rare circumstances can someone’s disability application be expedited, a claimant can help SSA and do his part by not impeding the process. This article shows four ways a claimant can make sure he is doing all that he can with the application.

How Does The Social Security Administration Determine If Someone Is Disabled?
Although most dictionaries define disabled as someone who is incapacitated by illness or injury, SSA follows a five step evaluation process in order to determine whether someone is disabled. This article explains the five step process for people applying for disability benefits.

Review Your Social Security Statement
Regardless of what any of your views are about Social Security, one thing is clear, whether you like it or not, 6.2% of every paycheck you receive while working will go directly into the OASDI program. Over time, the amount that is taken out of your paychecks add up to thousands of dollars. Especially in a prolonged recession, because so much money is at stake, it is imperative that we pay attention to what our money is going into. This article discusses the importance of reviewing your Social Security Statement.

How Does the Social Security Administration Determine If Someone is Blind?
The SSA will find an individual disabled if he or she meets the five step Social Security disability evaluation process. However, the rules for being considered blind by SSA are somewhat different from the regular five step process. For SSA to find someone legally blind, that person would have to meet the medical definition of blindness, durational requirement, be insured, and to not have obtained their loss of vision through certain felony related impairments.

Lupus and Social Security Disability
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), commonly referred to as lupus, is a chronic autoimmune connective tissue disease that can perturb any part of the body. This article discusses what lupus is and what Social Security requires for someone with lupus to be considered disabled.

How Does the Social Security Administration Determine Whether Someone With Autism is Disabled?
Autism is a severe developmental disorder affecting both social interaction and communication and usually begins at birth or within the first two and a half years of life. This article discusses what autism is and what the SSA requires for someone with autism to be considered disabled.

Residual Functional Capacity and Your Disability Claim
In order to be adjudicated as disabled before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), a disability attorney or claimants representative must follow and complete what is called the five step Social Security disability evaluation process. While each of the five steps must be proven to be adjudicated as disabled, proving the fourth step is often the most difficult. The process of proving whether a claimant can do previous work is determined by an individual’s Residual Functional Capacity (RFC).

Drug Addiction and Alcoholism and Your Disability Claim
If a claimant meets each of the five steps of the evaluation process, then an ALJ will usually find that individual to be disabled. One exception to meeting the five step evaluation process and qualifying for disability is if the finding was materially effected by a drug addiction or alcoholism.

Look For Healthy People 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a disturbing report analyzing the significant increase in the number of people with disabilities in the United States. In that report, the CDC found that nearly one in five adults reported having a disability. This article discusses the Healthy People 2020 initiative to improve health care in the United States.

Re-Opening a Prior Social Security Disability Benefits Claim
There are a number of different ways a prior case can be re-opened by the Social Security Administration while avoiding res judicata.

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