Social Security

30 Nov

Is it Possible to Obtain Disability and Unemployment Benefits?

The short answer is yes. It is possible to get Social Security Disability benefits while you are receiving other types of government benefits. However, it is important to understand how these programs interact with one another and the impact they could potentially have on your disability claim. Unemployment benefits provide temporary income to unemployed workers. […]

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15 Oct

How Can I Qualify for Social Security Disability for Arthritis?

Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition to live with. Many people who suffer from this condition are unable to perform their jobs and function on a day-to-day basis due to the pain and limited mobility that arthritis can cause. If your arthritis is severe enough that it prevents you from being able to […]

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27 Aug

How Do I Check the Status on a Pending Social Security Disability Claim?

It can take some time for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make a decision on your disability claim. During this time period, you may have questions about your pending claim. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to check your claim’s status, depending on the stage your disability claim is in. Our Green Bay Social […]

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23 Jul

Can I Receive Social Security Disability and Worker’s Compensation?

The short answer is yes. You can get Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s comp benefits due to a work accident or work-related medical condition. However, if you receive both benefits at the same time, one of these benefits will be offset or reduced. The Social Security Administration (SSA) places a monthly limit on how […]

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15 Jul

Conditions That May Expedite Approval for Social Security Disability

Did you know that certain conditions may automatically qualify a claimant for Social Security Disability? The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Compassionate Allowances program helps severely disabled individuals avoid the lengthy claims process that can take several months to more than a year. The program provides expedited processing for serious medical conditions under an SSA impairment […]

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04 Jun

How Does Substantial Gainful Activity Impact Disability Benefits?

One of the criteria to determine if you are disabled is to evaluate whether you can perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration (SSA) wants to know if the work you do results in earning income that exceeds a certain amount every month. If your condition affects your ability to earn more than […]

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10 May

Can I Receive Benefits While Waiting for a Disability Determination?

It usually takes five to seven months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to decide whether to approve or deny an application for disability benefits. This can be a particularly long time for those who are struggling financially because they cannot work because of their disability. That is why the SSA offers temporary benefits for […]

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05 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 with enough work credits may qualify for SDDI while residents with little to no previous earnings may qualify for SSI if they have limited income and few assets. […]

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15 Mar

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 Blue Book has a listing of impairments that helps evaluators determine if an applicant’s condition qualifies for benefits. The Blue Book covers many of the most […]

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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 abuse may stand as a barrier between applicants being able to receive Social Security Disability benefits.  Below, our attorneys at Sigman Janssen discuss how drug […]

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