Melissa Linebaugh

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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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Articles By Melissa Linebaugh

Can I Get Disability Benefits for My Sciatica?
It's difficult to qualify for disability benefits based on sciatica unless you have other impairments as well.
When Illiteracy or a Limited Education Helps You Get Disability
Some disability applicants, especially older ones, can be more easily approved if they have limited education or reading skills.
How to Answer Questions at a Social Security Disability Hearing
Here are some tips to help you prepare for questions the judge may ask at your disability hearing.
Social Security vs Railroad Retirement, Disability, and Survivor Benefits
The railroad retirement program offers different and somewhat expanded benefits from Social Security.
Qualifying for SSI as a Child: How Family Income Deeming Works
Social Security counts only part of the income of a disabled child's parents when determining SSI eligibility.
How Will a Divorce Affect My Disability Payments?
How a divorce affects your disability payments depends on whether you were receiving disability benefits on your spouse's earnings record (dependent benefits), on your own Social Security work record, or through the SSI program.
How Financial Aids, Gifts, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships Are Treated for SSI Disability
Some financial aid, scholarships, and grants will be ignored when your eligibility for SSI is assessed.
Can I Get Disability Backpay From the Date of My First Social Security Application?
It's not easy to get Social Security to use the date of a prior application to calculate your back pay.
How Moderate Mental Illness Can Help a Claim for Physical Disability Benefits
People living with chronic physical conditions frequently suffer from depression or anxiety in addition to their physical impairment.
Filing for Disability in Maryland
Information on applying for Social Security disability and SSI in Maryland, as well as the state supplement for assisted living.

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