When is a Child Disabled?

Q: What is the “definition of disability” for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? A child is disabled if he or she: — Has a physical or mental condition (or a combination of conditions) that results in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition very seriously limits the child’s activities; and […]

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Recession Impacts Disability Applications

USA Today reports: Certain things can cause someone to become disabled — a chronic illness, for example, or an accident. One thing that should not cause people to be categorized as disabled is a recession. That appears to be happening with Social Security Disability Insurance, the 1950s-era expansion of the program best known for paying […]

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Child Support Garnishes Social Security benefits

From Business Insider: If you owe back child support — even back child support from decades ago — your Social Security check may be garnished under new U.S. Treasury rules. The new rules, which were actually written to protect Social Security recipients from garnishment of other debts, has a loophole that allows child support orders […]

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OSHA Fraud Claim Upheld on Exam by Unqualified Social Security Doctor

The Social Security Administration often hires doctors to examine disability claimants, review their medical records and even come and testify against these wage earners who paid into this system. Lawyers often see reports from Social Security contract doctors that are unsigned, made by a physician of the wrong specialty area of medicine; and incomplete. In […]

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Former Spouse May Draw Disability and Retirement Benefits on Ex

A former spouse can receive benefits under the same circumstances as a current spouse or widow/widower if the marriage lasted 10 years or more. An ex-spouse may also qualify for benefits if the worker becomes disabled. To qualify for Disabled Widow/Widower Benefits, you must be between the ages of 50 and 60, and have been […]

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Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Many people relying on SSDI will not owe taxes. Up to half of Social Security disability benefits are taxable each year. The amount is determined by adding half of the taxpayer disability benefits to all other income sources. The problem comes with a lump sum back benefit check. A problem can occur if all of […]

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