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

Applying for Disability at Age 50-54 With Social Security's Medical-Vocational Grids
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.
Why Was a Representative Payee Assigned for Social Security Disability?
Social Security will appoint a representative to receive your disability checks if you are mentally incapacitated or addicted to drugs or alcohol.
The Importance of Vocational Expert Testimony at a Disability Hearing
The testimony of the vocational expert at your Social Security disability hearing can make or break your case.
Getting Disability for Stiff Person Syndrome
Stiff person syndrome qualifies for an expedited disability decision through Social Security's Compassionate Allowances program.
Social Security Benefits for a Sitting Disability
A “sitting disability” is any medical condition that significantly impacts a person’s ability to sit for even a short period of time. This can make it difficult for a person to maintain full-time work since many jobs require sitting.
Social Security vs Railroad Retirement, Disability, and Survivor Benefits
The railroad retirement program offers different and somewhat expanded benefits from Social Security.
Proving You Can't Do Your Past Work at a Disability Hearing
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.
Filing for Social Security Disability in New Mexico
New Mexico disability statistics, state supplement amounts, disability laws, and disability-related resources.
Can You Work While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?
You can make a small amount of income while collecting disability benefits, but how much depends on whether you get SSDI or SSI benefits.
Self-Employment and Trial Work Periods
When you first begin working for yourself while you're receiving Social Security disability benefits, Social Security gives you the chance to try to work without it affecting your benefits.