Medical Equivalence to an Impairment

Part of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) five-step disability determination process involves examining the medical condition of the claimant to see if the claimant’s condition is listed in the SSA regulations as an impairment. If the claimant’s condition is listed in the regulations – such as chronic kidney disease – then the five-step analysis stops and […]

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Potential Changes to VA Rating Program May Mean Less Benefits for Veterans

More changes to the VA disability process may be in store after the Wall Street Journal uncovered that a computer program may be awarding veterans more benefits than they would otherwise receive. According to current and former VA employees, VA raters – those who determine the level of disability of a veteran and what compensation the […]

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Appealing A VA Disability Claim

If you’ve served in the military, and have suffered from some type of mental or physical disability during your time of service, then it’s likely that you’ve gone through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to get disability compensation. Normally the VA should be there to help you, but there are times when your […]

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Proving your Disability Claim

When filing for disability with the Social Security Administration (SSA), it can be easy to miss out on important things. Not only is a disability claim a stressful process, but you are also responsible for providing proof of your disability. You might be wondering, then, what do you need to prove in order to successfully […]

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Veterans Still Face Obstacles in Receiving Benefits for Agent Orange-Related Conditions

Last month a bipartisan bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Steve Daines (R-MT) seeking to expand eligibility forveterans’ disability benefits. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2015 would clarify federal law to allow full VA coverage for veterans suffering from Agent Orange-related diseases and conditions if […]

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New York Attorney General Goes After Debt Collector

The New York Attorney General’s Office recently announced that it is filing a lawsuit against the debt collection agency Benning-Smith Group for over 1,000 violations of federal and New York law. (The Benning-Smith Group operates under the guise of several other companies, including Brady and Caruso and According to the lawsuit, debt collectors working for […]

Can I Work and Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

It may seem like a contradiction: a person who works but also receives Social Security disability (SSDI) benefits?  After all, if a person is receiving SSDI benefits, doesn’t that mean that he or she cannot work? Yet it is true: in certain circumstances, a person can work while still receiving SSDI benefits. Through its “Ticket […]

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