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December 2017 Archives

The Social Security Disability claims process is lengthy

Waiting for an administrative law judge to rule on your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim can be quite long. Sadly, as reported by the inspector general for the Social Security Administration (SSA), in 2016, 7,400 claimants died while waiting for a ruling on their cases.

The 5 sequential steps of Social Security Disability evaluation

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits your case will generally be evaluated through a five step sequential disability evaluation process. Disability Determination Services (DDS) uses these steps to determine whether a claimant has a qualifying disability; once a determination for disability qualification is made this particular evaluation ends.

Breaking common bankruptcy myths

Even if they've never declared bankruptcy, people have often heard myths and rumors about the process. This can be dangerous. Buying into a rumor that isn't factual could cause problems if you ever decide to file on your own.

Increase in personal needs money still not seen for some

The residents of The Clayton Residential Home, which is located in Lincoln Park, Illinois, are not happy. This facility houses mentally-ill individuals and is paid for out of these individuals' $735 (approximate) Social Security Disability (SSD) checks each month. The individuals receive between $30 and $60 of that money to spend on their personal needs, such as toothpaste, deodorant and soap. This is generally the only money these individuals get each month.

Things to keep in mind when applying for SSDI

If you intend to file for Social Security disability benefits in the St. Louis area, it is important for you to prepare yourself for the process. You might not realize it, but many first-time filers often have to file appeals to get their benefits because they receive denials on their initial applications.