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7 Tips for Living Comfortably on SSD and SSI

March 22, 2022 Disability

Social Security disability (SSD) and supplemental security income (SSI) are federal benefit programs that provide financial resources to individuals who qualify. While SSD benefits are available to individuals with disabilities who have paid into the program through their employment, SSI is a “needs-based” program. This means that individuals can only […]

Will Substance Abuse Sink a Disability Claim?

January 31, 2022 Disability

Millions of Americans struggle with some form of substance abuse disorder, including those involving drugs, alcohol, and prescription medications. These addictions can take a significant toll on the sufferer’s health. While substance abuse can also compromise the user’s employment prospects, substance abuse alone is not a qualifying condition for Social […]

Why You Might Need a Consultative Examination

January 24, 2022 Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires extensive medical documentation to establish the existence of a disability. The agency uses a very strict definition of “disability” that is much narrower than the common meaning of the term, and only claimants whose conditions meet those listed in the Blue Book will qualify […]

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