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July 2015 Archives

Even claims for obvious disabilities require careful planning

Has your application for Social Security disability benefits been denied? You are not alone. According to data from the Social Security Administration, only about 33 percent of applications were approved in 2014. That percentage represents a significant drop over the last 15 years. More than 50 percent of applications were approved in 1999.

Seriously injured? Lean on an attorney for support

If you have suffered a serious injury recently, your entire life can be turned upside down. In the blink of an eye, you can go from being completely independent to needing the helps of others just to get out of bed. Over time, of course, you can adjust to your injuries and have a better understanding of what you need, but until then it can be a very difficult period of transition.

How the same-sex marriage ruling impacts SSDI, SSI

Up until a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the rights of gay and lesbian couples across the country varied based on the state in which a couple lived. In states like Georgia, two men and two women could not be married; even if they were legally married in another state, their union would not necessarily be recognized by other states.

What happens if my condition isn't on the Listing of Impairments?

Any person who is in pain or dealing with an injury or illness that keeps them from carrying out day-to-day tasks knows exactly how they feel and how their lives are disrupted as a result of their condition. But knowing this and proving it to the Social Security Administration in the pursuit of disability benefits are two very different things.

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