Applying for Benefits

How to Prove You’re Disabled

by Patrick Spencer September 18, 2013
You have the burden of proof

To prove disability you need: Documentation. Documentation. Documentation. Knowing you’re disabled and proving you’re disabled to a judge are two VERY different things.You may have very serious medical issues that affect your ability to work. But if your conditions aren’t written down by your doctors, you’re not likely to get approved for disability benefits. “Anyone […]

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Need Help Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Patrick Spencer September 4, 2013

We can help you apply for disability! Our attorney has helped thousands of people get the Social Security disability benefits they need. We can help you too. We can help you apply for disability benefits if: You can’t work because of a physical or mental disability. You’re not currently working, or are working some, but aren’t […]

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Can You Get Disability and Retirement Benefits?

by Patrick Spencer March 23, 2012

We received this question from one of our readers: Q: My dad is 73 years old and worked part-time. He got sick in January of a hernia and had surgery. During all the tests he had done they discovered he had lung cancer stage 3, which will be treated with radiation and chemo.  At his […]

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Ask a Lawyer: Can I get SSI for anxiety disorder??

by Patrick Spencer June 9, 2011
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We received a question from a young woman suffering from anxiety disorder. She wants to know if she can get social security disability based on her mental illness. Q: Could I get SSI for anxiety disorder?? I am 22 years old and I cannot work anywhere because my disorder prevents me from being in crowds […]

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What Is the Five-step Process That Social Security Uses to Decide Disability Claims? (Part 5: Other Work)

by Patrick Spencer August 30, 2010
Step 5 of the sequential evaluation process

Please keep in mind that a lot of the terms used by Social Security to determine disability have specific legal meanings and probably don’t mean what you think they do. Step 5 is usually the most complicated step in a Social Security disability case. It is also the one that we most frequently get to […]

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