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When to Apply for Disability

Disability is something the most folks do not usually think about.  Studies show that there is a 3-in-10 chance of a 20 year old worker becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.  So, studies show that the chances are much greater than you realize.

Who Receives Social Security Benefits?

Benefits are paid to those who cannot work due to a medical condition that will last a year or longer.  The condition might also result in death.  Social Security does not give money to ...

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Tarrant County Top Attorney

Ted Machi is once again named a top attorney in Tarrant County by Fort Worth, Texas: The City’s Magazine. Lexis-Nexis noted Ted Machi’s 35th anniversary as an Attorney. Martindale-Hubble recognized the Arlington Attorney for his 5th consecutive year of having a “Very High Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.”

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Who can get Social Security disability benefits?

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.

Certain members of your family may qualify for benefits based on your work. They include:

  • Your spouse, if he or she is 62 or older;
  • Your spouse, at any ...
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Has your disability claim been denied?

You are not alone — most disability claims are initially denied. Now you must negotiate the large federal bureaucracy.You need someone caring and strong in your corner. Machi & Associates, P.C. has served the people of north Texas for more than thirty years. We have established trust and demonstrated professionalism. We will spend the time and energy necessary to fight the bureacracy and prepare you and your family for testimony in your appeal. Don’t risk it alone.

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Death By Texting: Michigan Man Gets Just 30 Days for Killing Grandmother

A Lapeer, Mich., man who police say caused a fatal crash while texting and driving has been sentenced to just one month in jail and 12 months of probation. It was the first case of its kind since the state passed a ban on texting while driving last August.

Some lawmakers say the penalties under texting-while-driving laws aren’t harsh enough, and need to be changed. Penalties for drunk drivers who cause a fatality are much harsher ...

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Who Files for Disability?

What are some of the conditions that individuals file disability claims for?  Regarding mental impairments (psychological and psychiatric), disability applications often include some of the following problems: bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, low IQ, personality disorder, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, autism, Asperger’s, and mental retardation.

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Who Files for Disability?

What are some of the conditions that individuals commonly file disability claims for? Regarding physical impairments, individuals often cite the following problems: osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis), heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, MS, irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease, peripheral artery disease, various forms of cancer, eye problems, hearing problems, epilepsy, asthma, COPD, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, muscular dystrophy, and meniere’s disease.

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Change Coming To ADA

For the first time in more than 20 years, regulations governing the Americans with Disabilities Act are getting a major overhaul.

Starting Tuesday new rules go into effect covering everything from building design to what qualifies as a service animal.

Notably, the new ADA regulations will include first-ever accessibility requirements for swimming pools, parks, golf courses, boating facilities, exercise clubs and other recreational facilities.

What’s more, going forward, only trained dogs will be eligible for use as service animals.

While service dogs can provide a ...

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Social Security Disability Information Guide

Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the chances that you will become disabled probably are greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 3 in 10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.  We offer an informational guide to Social Security Disability:

Social Security Disability Information Guide

We provide basic information on Social Security disability benefits and these articles are not intended to answer all questions. For specific information about ...

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Disability in Michigan

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 34 and unable to take the medicine that could slow the disease, she lost her job as a secretary and applied for Social Security benefits in early 2009. Three months later, her claim was rejected for lack of medical proof.

“I just felt more overwhelmed,” said Young of Redford Township. After Young hired an attorney, her claim was approved in January — just before the savings she and her husband were living off of ran ...

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Spike in Disability Claims Clogs Overloaded System

Nearly 2 million people are waiting to find out if they qualify for Social Security disability benefits. It will be a long wait for most, even if they eventually win their cases.

The Social Security system is so overwhelmed by applications for disability benefits that many people are waiting more than two years for their first payment. In Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and other states, the wait can be even longer.

The Social Security commissioner, Michael J. Astrue, says the delays are unacceptable, ...

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Bankruptcy and Social Security Benefits.

I filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy after being laid off. Do Social Security benefits count as income in bankruptcy, or are they protected?

Your benefits are protected. Social Security is excluded from the calculation of disposable income when setting up a debtor repayment plan.

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How Long Will Social Security Disability Benefits Continue?

I am 56 and receive Social Security disability benefits. At what point will I switch to regular Social Security? Will the monthly amount change?
When you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically convert to retirement benefits. The amount will remain the same.

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Does Social Security cover Retirees only?

Nope. Disability and survivor benefits are included in the program. Contributions you make provide insurance in the event you become disabled; they also may cover your adult child if he or she becomes disabled before age 22. And, assuming you worked enough to qualify for retirement benefits, your spouse and children can receive Social Security survivor benefits after you die.
See more at – Ultimate guide to retirement

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Aging: Paying the Physical Price for Longer Life

Americans are living longer, but those added years are more likely to be a time of disease and disability.

Data has found that while life expectancy has steadily increased over the past decade, the prevalence of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes has also increased, and disability has grown as well.

For example, in 1998 about 16 percent of men in their 70s had a mobility problem — that is, they failed one of four commonly used physical ...

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Aging Workforce Means Dementia on the Job Could Rise

The Social Security Administration recently approved expedited benefits for people who have been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, which is defined as dementia occurring before age 65 (when Medicare kicks in). Roughly 10% of Alzheimer’s cases are early-onset.

Mary Sano, PhD, the director of the Alzheimer’s disease research center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, worries that the legitimate concerns about rising rates of dementia in the workplace could spill over ...

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Unemployed to the Point of Disabled?

One of the lesser-noticed realities of America’s jobless problem is the surge in people applying for disability insurance.

When times get tough, Americans tend to turn to the government for help. More people file for disability claims whenever the economy suffers a setback.  The implications this time around could be much greater than previous downturns as high unemployment is expected to linger for years to come.

In 2010, applications for disability insurance totaled 3.2 million, up from 2.6 million amid the height ...

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits On-Line

The Social Security Administration is now accepting disability applications on their website.  In the coming years, the demand for Social Security disability benefits is expected to increase due to the aging baby boomer generation in America. With an increase in demand for disability benefits, the on-line form makes applying for benefits easier.

But it also makes it easier to make mistakes or leave out important information.  Consult your Social Security Disability Lawyer before you complete your application.

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When and how can I appeal a disability denial?

If you wish to appeal, you must make your request in writing within 60 days from the date you receive our letter. We assume you receive the letter five days after the date on the letter, unless you can show us you received it later. Call your local Social Security office if you need help with your appeal.

If you filed for Social Security disability benefits or SSI and your claim was denied for medical reasons, you ...

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Who decides if I am disabled?

Your application will be reviewed to make sure you meet some basic requirements for disability benefit and whether you worked enough years to qualify. Also, we will review any current work activities. If you meet these requirements, we will send your application to the Disability Determination Services office in your state.

This state agency completes the disability decision. Doctors and disability specialists in the state agency ask your doctors for information about your condition. They ...

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