Diana Chaikin


Diana Chaikin is a legal editor specializing in disability law at Nolo. She started writing articles as a freelancer in 2021 and joined the staff in 2022. Diana has worked as a solo practitioner based out of Seattle representing claimants before administrative law judges in Social Security disability hearings.

Education. Diana received a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where she served as article editor on the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. During law school, Diana interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and Corbis Corporation. She also wrote an article on the Visual Artists Rights Act and how it pertains to outsider artists.

Disability experience. Fresh out of law school, Diana worked as Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration Office of Hearings Operations (formerly Office of Disability Adjudication and Review). While there, she worked for several administrative appeals judges to ensure disability decisions met the administration’s standard for quality. She then decided to work on the other side of the bench, successfully representing disability claimants for over 10 years before coming to Nolo.

Goals and interests. Diana finds satisfaction in making complex areas of the law seem intuitive to nonlawyers. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), and is on the board of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts.

Articles By Diana Chaikin

Getting Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
When memory problems, disorientation, or mood disturbances due to Alzheimer's lead to problems with social or personal functioning, disability may be available.
Getting Social Security Disability Based on a Medical-Vocational Allowance
If your disability doesn't meet a listing, Social Security may award you benefits based on your inability to work.
Social Security Disability for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If you're unable to work due to a TBI, you could qualify for disability benefits.
Can You Get Disability Benefits for Narcolepsy?
Narcoleptics have won Social Security disability benefits based on narcolepsy's functional similarity to seizure disorder.
Can You Receive Both Veterans Disability and Social Security Disability Income?
This article is an overview of the highlights of the major topics for Veterans who have both Veterans Disability claims as well as Social Security Disability claims.
Can You Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Glaucoma?
If your glaucoma has severely affected your central or peripheral vision, you could qualify for disability.
Can I Get Disability Benefits if Agoraphobia Keeps Me From Leaving My House?
Agoraphobia can be disabling if it prevents you from working.
Multiple Disabilities: Social Security Must Consider Combined Effects
If you have more than one condition on your application for disability benefits, Social Security will take them all into consideration when deciding whether you're disabled.
Severe and Non-Severe Impairments
Disability applicants frequently have multiple health issues that prevent them from working full time that, when considered on their own, are not serious enough to win a disability claim.
Can My Hearing Impaired Child Qualify for SSI Disability Benefits?
If your child has a hearing impairment severe enough to affect their communication, learning, and social functioning, they may qualify for SSI.
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