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Is Bipolar Disorder a Qualifying Disability for Social Security Disability Benefits?

May 30, 2023

Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic Depressive Disorder in the past, is a psychiatric illness characterized by extreme euphoria followed by severe depression. With approximately 5.7 million American adults affected, it falls under the category of mood disorders. If you or someone you know is struggling with Bipolar Disorder and…

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Can I Apply for Social Security Disability If I Am Working?

May 15, 2023

Understanding Social Security Disability and Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) Social Security Disability is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to an injury or illness expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. To qualify for these benefits, applicants must demonstrate…

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The Disability Claims Process

April 30, 2023

At the Law Office of Russell Bowling in Franklin, North Carolina, we understand that navigating the disability claims process can be both confusing and overwhelming, particularly when dealing with financial challenges that often accompany the inability to work. Our firm is committed to providing supportive services, doing our utmost to…

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Understanding the Qualification Process for Social Security Disability Benefits

April 30, 2023

Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits, also known as Title II, requires meeting certain criteria. Multiple factors are considered during this process, including: Physical and/or mental issues preventing you from working for a minimum of 12 months An inability to engage in any reasonable job Your age Your level of…

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What to Expect at a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge

April 14, 2023

Once your application for reconsideration of your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, you have the right to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). However, due to the high number of appeals, it may take up to two (2) years for the ALJ hearing to be…

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Can I Collect Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer?

April 2, 2023

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there are about 13.7 million Americans who are either currently being treated for cancer, or have been treated for it in the past. About 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year and about 1,600 Americans die of the disease every day. ACS…

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Expediting a Successful Social Security Disability Claim

March 24, 2023

This article takes a look on what you can do to increase your chances of a quick and successful resolution to your Social Security Disability claim. The fight for Social Security Disability Benefits: What’s at Stake The process of winning a Social Security Disability claim may seem interminable, but there…

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Are Your Disabilities Covered by Social Security Benefits?

March 24, 2023

If you are injured or sick and are now unable to continue working, a Franklin NC Social Security disability attorney can help you determine if you are eligible for Social Security benefits. How Does an Individual Qualify? The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government program. Because of this, there…

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Will My Age Be a Factor in Determining My Social Security Disability Claim?

March 12, 2023

A. Yes.  In our society, youth and appearance are often highly valued. However, when it comes to Social Security Disability claims, being younger can be a disadvantage. The Social Security Administration considers various factors, including age, residual functional capacity, education, skills, and work experience, to determine if you qualify for…

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What Happens if I am Able to Return to Work Before my Social Security Disability Claim is Determined?

February 5, 2023

A. The Social Security disability process is often lengthy, sometimes taking three (3) years or more for a final decision. Claimants typically go through an initial application, a Reconsideration appeal, and an Administrative Law Judge hearing before a favorable decision is reached. During this time, some claimants may experience an…

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When Will my Social Security Disability Benefits Become Effective?

January 20, 2023

When your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is approved, your entitlement to receive disability payments will start from the fifth full month that the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines your disability began. During this initial five (5) month waiting period, you are not eligible to receive disability benefits.…

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Can my Social Security Disability benefits be garnished or seized to pay my debts?

January 20, 2023

In most situations involving non-governmental creditors, the answer is NO. Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement pensions, Veterans Benefits, and other types of federal benefits are all exempt from the collection efforts of most creditors such as mortgage lenders, auto loans, and credit card companies. Section 207 of…

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How Does the Social Security Administration Determine if I am Disabled?

December 17, 2022

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines disability based on three main criteria: (i) having a medical condition (physical, mental, and/or psychological) that prevents you from performing any of your previous jobs, (ii) being unable to adjust to other work due to your medical condition, and (iii) the disability lasting or…

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How Do I Begin the Process of Applying for Social Security Disability?

November 17, 2022

To begin the application process for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to complete and submit three important forms to the Social Security Administration: the Social Security Benefit Application, the Adult Disability Report, and the Authorization to Disclose Medical Records. The Social Security Benefit Application is the primary form for…

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Understanding the Difference Between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

November 17, 2022

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are two programs administered by the Social Security Administration. Both programs provide monthly benefits to disabled individuals, and in some cases, an individual may be eligible to receive both SSD and SSI benefits. Before starting the application process for disability…

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT DISABILITY BENEFITS

Q. Are Children Eligible for Social Security?

Q. What Happens if I Try to Work When I am Receiving Social Security Benefits?

Q. How Long Do I Have to Wait to File for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Q. What Witnesses or Evidence Will I Need at the Hearing?

Q. How Long Will it Take to Start Receiving Social Security Disability Payments?

Q. Why Won’t Social Security Pay for my Disability Without an ALJ Hearing?

Q. What Type of Disability is Required Before I Qualify?

Q. When Can I Expect a Social Security Hearing?

Q. Can I Draw Private Disability Checks While Also Receiving Social Security Checks for Disability?

Q. Why Won’t Social Security Pay for My Disability Without an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing?

Q. Should I Try to Work if I Have Applied for Social Security?

Q. Can I Work for any Period of Time and Still Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?

Q. What is an Administrative Law Judge Hearing?

Q: What Steps Should I Take if My Social Security Claim Gets Denied?

Q. Can I Draw Workers’ Compensation Weekly Checks and Social Security Checks at the Same Time?

Q. Can I Draw Social Security if I Have Never Worked Full Time?

Q. If I Win My Social Security Disability Case, How Much “Back Pay” Will I Receive?

Q. Can a Child Disabled Since Birth Receive Social Security Disability Benefits Even if S/He Has Never Worked?

Q. What Type of Physical Ailments are Considered Disabling Under Social Security Law?

Q. When Can I Expect a Hearing on My Claim?

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