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SSDI claimants with representatives: 3 times as likely to be approved

The Social Security Administration acknowledges that it has a backlog problem. In a recent report, it stated that thousands of SSDI applicants die each year while waiting to hear if their disability benefits claim has been approved.

Defending SSDI and the "disability belt"

The term "disability belt" is often used disparagingly to refer to an area of the United States that includes the western portion of North Carolina, West Virginia, much of Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as a large swath of Arkansas and most of Mississippi and Alabama. Also included in the area in which a higher than average percentage of adults are disabled: the eastern half of Missouri and parts of Louisiana.

Advice on how to improve your Social Security Disability odds

The decision to apply for disability benefits is not one made lightly. Many applicants submit their paperwork to the Social Security Administration only after they have repeatedly tried to continue their careers, hold onto jobs and earn needed paychecks despite a disabling medical condition. For them, the application often feels as if they have lost a battle they would have much rather won.

Looking at 2017: Waiting for Social Security Disability approval

More than 27 per day, more than 192 per week and more than 830 per month. That is how many Americans died last year while waiting for Social Security Disability benefits approval, news outlets have reported.

Leaving SSDI applications and appeals to the experts

Financial advisers help people make important decisions about what to do with money. Which stocks to buy or sell, for instance, as well as how to match investments to personal financial goals. One aspect of advice and guidance that financial advisers often fall short on is helping clients navigate the Social Security Disability claims process.

Social Security Disability: an overview

Like so many issues that make their way into the news, Social Security Disability is often misunderstood, mischaracterized, mislabeled and subject to partisanship and emotions. So let's take a few minutes to try to clear the misconceptions about a federal program that helps millions of disabled American workers pay for necessities.

Numbers make it clear: SSDI approval is getting more difficult

When you comb through the Social Security Administration's annual report on disability claims, you will come across a wide variety of interesting statistics. A glance through last year's report (the most recent report available) reveals that there are still 4,100 outstanding claims for disability benefits filed in the year 2009.

Elation greets FDA's reassessment of MDMA (ecstasy)

Back in the 1980s, the rise of psychedelic and electronic dance music fueled the popularity of raves: music-fueled parties that sometimes lasted all night or longer. At the height of the rave phenomenon, MDMA (also known as ecstasy) was popular, giving users a sense of euphoria and heightened sensations as they danced the night away.

One of the hardest parts of an SSDI claim is the wait

The headline is jolting, troubling and sad all at the same time: "Suddenly disabled, unable to work and need benefits? Prepare for financial ruin first." The headline is also, as many Charlotte residents understand, all too often accurate.

Universal design: it's for everyone

Some things are intentionally and appropriately exclusive. Think of the honor roll, various halls of fame and MENSA, for example. While few would argue that it's improper for those institutions to be exclusive, society has come to understand just as clearly that other things should be inclusive.

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