SSI

I Am on SSI, Can I Get SSDI Too?

by Patrick Spencer March 23, 2012
Can I get SSDI benefits?

We had a recent question from a reader: Q: I have been approved for SSI, but I really would like to get on disability instead. A: Unfortunately, unless you are insured for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), there is nothing an attorney can do you get you on SSDI. There are certain requirements that […]

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No More Paper Checks for Disability Recipients

by Patrick Spencer September 9, 2010
Paper check from Social Security

Currently, Social Security recipients can receive their benefits either by direct deposit or paper check. But there is a change coming in the near future that you should be aware of. If you apply for Social Security disability benefits on or after March 1, 2011 you will be required to sign up for direct deposit […]

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What Is the Five-step Process That Social Security Uses to Decide Disability Claims? (Part 3: The Listing of Impairments)

by Patrick Spencer May 27, 2010
Step 3 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. Social Security has a list of impairments that it uses at this step to determine if you are disabled. If your impairments is on the […]

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What Is the Five-step Process That Social Security Uses to Decide Disability Claims? (Part 2: Severity & Duration)

by Patrick Spencer May 22, 2010
Step 2 of the sequential evaluation process

This is the second installment of our explanation of the 5-step process that Social Security uses to determine if your are disabled. 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. After Social Security […]

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How Does Social Security Decide Disability for a Child?

by Patrick Spencer April 27, 2010
children's SSI

Deciding whether a child is disabled is very different than it is for disabled adults. With adults, we have to prove that they cannot work. Children, on the other hand, are compared to other children their age to determine how limited they are by their medical conditions. The three things Social Security looks at are: […]

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