Slepian Smith, PLLC

social security disability insurance (ssdi) Archives

Too many Americans are dying waiting for SSDI

Last month, USA Today published a heartbreaking investigative report on how thousands of Americans die each year waiting for their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals to be decided. Advocates say this should not be happening, considering that SSDI applicants have paid into the SSDI insurance fund through employment taxes.

Going back to work while on Social Security Disability

Applying for and securing Social Security Disability (SSD) is no easy feat. That’s probably why so many people who receive benefits are reluctant to try working again. They worry about their disability becoming worse or getting in the way of performing their job. They worry about first losing benefits and then losing their job and being left with no income.

Lady Gaga becomes unlikely spokesperson for fibromyalgia, part 2

In our last post, we discussed how singer and actress Lady Gaga has shined a spotlight on fibromyalgia since the release of her Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two” and her press tour for the latest remake of “A Star is Born,” which she stars in alongside Bradley Cooper.

Lady Gaga becomes unlikely spokesperson for fibromyalgia, part 1

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disorder that affects an estimated 10 million people throughout the world. It involves widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body in addition to other symptoms, including fatigue.

Does having a heart attack mean I will qualify for SSD?

Having a heart attack does not necessarily mean that a person will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but it could. The first thing to know is that having a heart attack alone or having bypass surgery does not automatically qualify an individual for disability benefits.

Polio-like virus has sickened hundreds of kids

Polio has been one of the most frightening diseases in American history and was especially common in the early 1900s. Many affected children suffered temporary or permanent paralysis and many others died. Permanent disability was a common result.

Complications of eye surgery can be disabling

People who rely on contacts or glasses to see know that such measures can be expensive and inconvenient at times. Not surprisingly, millions of people have decided to do away with contacts and glasses altogether by undergoing elective Lasik eye surgery.