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Calculating Disability Back Pay

Whether you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), benefits are paid out monthly, and you may be entitled to a substantial amount of back pay based your application date and the date you are found to be disabled.

Here's how you can apply for Supplemental Security Income

It's often unexpected disabilities that impact people the most. Suddenly, an income is no longer coming in, and a disability requires much more money to support. Fortunately, the government does have an assistance program that can help supplement your income if you qualify for assistance.

You can file an appeal if you're denied Social Security benefits

There are two kinds of disability benefits, which you need to know about if you plan to apply. The first type includes benefits paid to you or your family members if you paid into the Social Security program and worked for a certain number of years. Those who suffer a disability before the age of 22 may also qualify for disability based on a parent's earning record.

You may qualify for assistance for bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder can be a challenge to live with. The severe mood swings it causes make it more difficult to learn, work and live a normal life. The Social Security Administration does recognize the severity of this condition and offers financial benefits to those who struggle with it.

Immigration and Social Security

The Social Security Administration has different rules for getting Social Security benefits depending on what benefit you have applied for and what kind of immigration status you have. There are two main programs people usually apply for: Disability Insured Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. If you are a legal permanent resident (also known as a green card holder or noncitizen) and apply for Disability Insured Benefits (Title 2 or DIB) because you have paid FICA taxes, as long as Social Security finds you disabled there is no problem. However, if you are a legal permanent resident and you file for Supplemental Security Income (Title 16 or SSI) the rules get trickier. If you were lawfully residing in the United States before August 22, 1996 or you were on SSI and lawfully residing in the United States before that date you can receive SSI.

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an income tax credit for low income workers. The credit reduces the amount a low income worker owes in taxes and is intended to offset some of the other taxes, like social security and payroll taxes. The original intent of the EITC was to aid families with children who had an income below the federal poverty line.

Handling Individuals with Chronic Pain

In dealing with clients who suffer from chronic pain, there is very little I can do as an attorney to ease their physical symptoms. I have no medical training, nor a license to provide physical therapy. While I have never been burdened with a chronic illness of my own, I have witnessed friends and family struggle with terminal disease, and I have had the opportunity to study the medical records of hundreds of patients with chronic pain. From this background, I recognize that no one can ever fully understand an individual's experience with chronic pain, as each sufferer's experience is unique. How then, should one treat people with chronic pain?

Administrative Law Judges

To administer and preside over federal agency hearings, the executive branch utilizes thousands of administrative law judges (ALJs), the largest number of which are employed by Social Security Administration. An ALJ is authorized to regulate the course of the hearing, administer oaths, examine witnesses, issue subpoenas, rule on evidence, and make findings of fact and conclusions of law.

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