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August 2014 Archives

Separating truth from political fiction about SSDI

For many Americans, Labor Day signifies three things: the unofficial end of summer, the beginning of football season, and the beginning of a barrage political commercials that will last until November. While many people are not worried about (or really care about) politics, candidates want to sell you on what you should be afraid of, and that they have the solution to ease your fears.

Should I tell my employer about my mental disability?

In a prior post, we highlighted the way that Social Security disability benefits can help people suffering from mental disabilities. Essentially, people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and schizophrenia, for example, can petition for benefits so that they can help make ends meet. It is estimated that mental illness is a reason for many new petitions. 

Knowing the basics of Social Security disability benefits

Sometimes knowing the basics of Social Security disability benefits can make petitioning for such benefits a bit easier. Because of this, we find it helpful to answer some basic questions about the definition of disability, why it is important to apply for disability benefits, and what the average award is.

New studies may unlock causes of schizophrenia

Gains in genetic research may not only unlock medical mysteries, they may lead to relief for countless people suffering from mental health conditions. One example of such gains can be seen in research to determine the origins and causes of schizophrenia. While so many people are estimated to suffer from the condition (about 24 million worldwide) there are ostensibly many different forms that are attributed to it.

Methods of appeal for denied disability petitions

Having an initial petition for Social Security disability benefits denied is certainly not the end of the road. For one, it is unfortunately common for disability petitions to be denied at first glance. The Social Security Administration denies a majority of such petitions each year. Nevertheless, federal law allows for a number of opportunities for claimants to have their benefits petitions reviewed. This post will highlight the levels of appeals petitioners can take advantage of. 

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