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Social Security Disability Archives

12 year SSDI appeal finally ends in victory

Becoming struck with a disability can permanently change a person's life. Whether it be a personal relationship, a set of job skills, or the stability of one's health, very little is left unadulterated in life after the onset of a debilitating illness or serious injury. Many in these situations are fortunate enough to have the Social Security Administration's disability benefits program available to them. However, that turn of good fortune is not always extended to those who need it the most.

Thousands get new SSDI hearings due to judges' bias

There are a number of reasons that the vast majority of Social Security disability claims out of Wisconsin are denied the first time around. One reason is that because the application process is very complicated applicants often fail to provide sufficient documentation of their disabilities. Another reason is that the Social Security Administration has an immense backlog of applications, so individual judges fail to give each application the attention it deserves.

Social Security Administration expands Compassionate Allowances

Wisconsin residents may have heard that the Social Security Administration added 35 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. The diseases and conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list qualify disability insurance applications for an expedited process. While most Social Security disability insurance claims take months, or even years, to process, Compassionate Allowances can be processed in a matter of days.

Experience makes the difference in Social Security Disability cases

A claimant may file an application for Social Security Disability benefits at any time after their disability begins, but the longer the claimant waits to file, the harder it can be to secure benefits. With the help of an attorney however, that process becomes much easier and the likelihood of success increases.

Family wins $206,000 in disability benefits after 9-year quest

Anyone who has applied for Social Security disability benefits in recent years here in Milwaukee knows that the wait can be long and the process, arduous. As the Social Security Administration continues to grapple with a record-breaking caseload, many disabled Wisconsin workers who are deserving of benefits are instead faced with denials and delays.

SSDI recipients in Wisconsin will receive small increase

Wisconsin residents who receive Social Security benefits may have heard that today the government announced that recipients will receive small raises beginning in January. The 1.7 percent increase is a cost-of-living adjustment and it will average out to about $19 in monthly income per Social Security recipient.

Report: Errors abound in Social Security disability decisions

For those in Wisconsin who have ever been in need of Social Security disability benefits, it must make your blood boil when you read news stories about SSDI fraud--people who do not deserve these benefits somehow making their way through the tedious application process. Many of us wonder how legitimate claims can be so often denied while fraudulent claims are approved.

Mood disorders are rising cause of SSDI claims

Here in Wisconsin when people think about disability benefits, they often think of someone who has been injured on the job or was involved in a catastrophic accident and left unable to work. However, there are also a variety of illnesses and mental health conditions that can leave someone in need of either Social Security disability insurance benefits or long-term disability benefits.

SSA adds to compassionate allowances list for disability claims

Government benefits will be easier to obtain later this summer for certain disabling medical conditions. Starting in August, Social Security will add more than 50 compassionate allowances to its fast-track processing system.

Appealing an unfavorable Social Security disability decision to the Appeals Council

The process by which Social Security disability benefits are secured can be long and frustrating, requiring several levels of appeals. With a significant number of claims denied at the initial and reconsideration level, the best opportunity for an award of benefits is at Hearing Level before an Administrative Law Judges.

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