Social Security

13 Apr

Assessing Social Security Disability Claims in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Disability Determination Bureau, which operates through the Department of Health Services, is the state agency responsible for making the initial decisions on disability claims.

Those…

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05 Apr

How the SSA Blue Book is Used to Evaluate Impairments

Many people applying for Social Security Disability benefits are unaware of the criteria the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to determine whether a claimant has a disability.

The SSA…

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15 Feb

Substance Abuse and Social Security Disability

Suffering from a medical condition can be physically, mentally and financially demanding, causing some individuals to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms and limitations. However, substance…

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29 Jan

Will a Personal Injury Settlement Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

The short answer is it depends. If you are receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), these benefits generally will not be impacted by a personal injury settlement award, but there may be other…

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08 Jan

Can I Test My Ability to Work While Receiving SSDI Benefits?

Some Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) recipients may be hesitant to return to work because they are not sure how it will affect their disability payments. The Social Security Administration…

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30 Dec

What Should I Expect at a Disability Hearing to Appeal My Case?

If you were denied disability benefits and unable to get a claims examiner to reconsider your application, the second step of the appeals process is a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).…

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07 Dec

Work Credits and Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Aside from meeting the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of a disability, you need to have worked long enough to have earned enough work credits to qualify for disability benefits. The…

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30 Nov

Can Your Income Affect Obtaining SSI Benefits?

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays monthly benefits to anyone who is disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. However, to be eligible for SSI, you must have limited income and few assets.…

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09 Nov

What Changes Are Coming to the Social Security Program in 2021?

Every year in the fall, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces its annual changes to the Social Security program, providing updates on income limits, benefit amounts and more for recipients.…

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28 Oct

What Should I Do If I Receive a Disability Overpayment?

If you receive a monthly disability payment through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may be overpaid at some point. When this happens, you are…

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