Melissa Linebaugh graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law and is a member of the Maryland bar. She has a background in criminal, disability, and family law. Ms. Linebaugh works as a general practitioner.
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A “sitting disability” is any medical condition that significantly impacts a person’s ability to sit for even a short period of time.
Some states tax Social Security and SSI disability benefits while others don't.
Here's what you need to know to file an application for Social Security disability benefits online.
You can make a small amount of income while collecting disability benefits, but how much depends on whether you get SSDI or SSI benefits.
If you decide to hire someone to represent you at your Social Security disability hearing, you can choose either a disability attorney or a non-attorney representative.
You'll have to prove to Social Security that you don't have the RFC to be able to perform your past job as you performed it or as it's generally performed.
A good disability lawyer will develop the best theory of disability for winning your case, prepare you for your hearing, arrange for witnesses, and more.
When you apply for disability, if the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides your condition doesn't meet a disability listing and you can't do your past job, the SSA will refer to the “grid rules” for those between the ages of 50 and 54 to decide if you are disabled.
Social Security will appoint a representative to receive your disability checks if you are mentally incapacitated or addicted to drugs or alcohol.
The testimony of the vocational expert at your Social Security disability hearing can make or break your case.