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Pain, fatigue and other difficult-to-measure disabling conditions

Millions of people suffer from conditions like chronic pain, fatigue and depression. For some people, these conditions are frustrating; for others, they are disabling. Due to the difficulty in assessing symptoms and broad misunderstandings about their impact on individuals, sufferers might automatically assume they do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

What you should know about SSDI retroactive payments, back pay

It is an unfortunate fact that people who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) can spend months and sometimes years waiting for a ruling on their applications. There is a massive backlog of applications, and many people ultimately must also navigate the appeal process.

My SSI application was denied. What options do I have?

On this blog, we have examined the many challenges and frustrations people often encounter when applying for benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Unfortunately, many people have valid applications denied initially.

Steps you can take to strengthen your medical evidence

Medical evidence is one of the primary factors the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers when assessing a person’s application for disability benefits. As such, it is vital that applicants provide as much relevant medical evidence as possible.

What applicants can expect from disability benefits

Suffering a disabling injury or illness can turn your world upside down. You may be dealing with considerable pain, frustrating limitations and the need for ongoing assistance. It can also strain relationships and cause financial anxiety.

Challenges to expect when the SSA evaluates your ability to work

One of the most difficult elements of applying for Social Security disability benefits is being able to prove not just that you cannot perform your job, but that you cannot perform any type of job on a full time basis. 

Can I avoid or minimize long wait times for SSDI benefits?

Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. are currently waiting to learn if the Social Security Administration will approve or deny their applications for disability benefits. This is a massive backlog that can be incredibly frustrating for the disabled applicants who deserve and need financial support.