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How an Administrative Law Judge Could Affect Your SSDI Claim

Administrative law judges work in various positions in the federal government and deliver rulings on many different areas of statutory law. The administrative law judges who work for the Social Security Administration are the ones responsible for rendering decisions on Social Security Disability Claims during hearings. As you can imagine, an administrative law judge’s decision could make or break your case and affect your ability to collect the benefits you need. If your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim is

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Is Social Security Disability Taxable?

Social Security Disability benefits help those who have suffered from an injury by providing funds to cover expenses while they attempt to recover, if possible. For those who may never recover, Social Security Disability benefits may be their only source of income. Because it is considered a source of income, however, Social Security Disability benefits are taxable. Most Social Security beneficiaries will not be taxed because their income is not high enough. However, roughly one-third of those who receive benefits

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What Injuries are Covered by Social Security Disability?

There are a lot of injuries and illnesses that could be labeled as “debilitating”, however, just because an injury is, doesn’t mean it qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits. Even if an injury or illness is not disabling right away, the person can still qualify for disability benefits even if it develops later. Social Security Disability is offered as a government program; therefore, there are strict rules and qualifying procedures. In order to qualify, you must prove that: • You

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Disabilities Can Result From Substance Abuse

Yes, it is true — substance abuse can cause disabilities. These disabilities therefore can quality a person for Medicaid/Medicare benefits, as well as Social Security Disability. Addiction Treatment Magazine published a recent study noting that abusers eventually develop permanent damage of some type for which they can receive benefits. The truth is this is a terrible situation, but at least help is available. The problems developed by substance abusers include physical or behavioral changes. Substances affect the central nervous system

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Getting Social Security Disability Benefits May Take Longer Due to Cuts

News is out that staffing cuts at the Social Security Administration (SSA), which occurred during the 2013 fiscal year, will have an impact on those seeking timely hearings. In September 2012, the SSA had 65,113 workers; a year later, that number had been reduced to 62,543. Over the past three years due to cutbacks, the SSA has lost a total of 11,000 employees. What this translates into is a backup in processing claims on all levels, more pressure on workers,

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