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Posts tagged "Social Security Disability"

Seeking SSDI or SSI for disabilities relating to mental illness

When people think of someone who may choose to pursue Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, they may immediately assume that the applicant suffers from some sort of physical injury or illness. However, mental illness can be just as debilitating as a physical injury -- even more in some cases, as these types of illnesses are often hushed-up or go untreated due to the stigma surrounding them. However, it is very important that those in Pennsylvania who need financial help due to a mental illness seek the benefits they are entitled to. Our law firm understands that this can be a confusing process.

How should SSDI function?

With the potential for a crisis in funding the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) looming in the next year or so, Congress may be interested in doing more than simply voting for the accounting sleight of hand that would reallocate funds from the FICA tax to cover the shortfall that results from the exhaustion of the SSDI trust fund.

How is residual functional capacity determined by the SSA?

If you have suffered some form of physical injury and it has affected your ability to work and keep a job, you may be considering filing for Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. Disabling injuries for the purpose of qualifying for SSDI cover a wide gamut, from the obvious to the obscure.

Three years is a long wait

When we hear news stories in Philadelphia reporting of fraud in relation to Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits, we are often disappointed. One reason is the misallocation of funds. A fraudulent claim deprives those with valid disabilities of resources. But it is also disappointing, because that is virtually the only time SSDI issues make news.

Better than a market solution for SSDI?

The critics of Social Security like to suggest that everyone would be better off if Social Security allowed some form of a "market solution" that would hopefully generate a greater return on the funds invested. Of course, the difficulty with the market solution was demonstrated in 2000 and 2008 when the dot.com and real estate bubbles burst and took with them vast sums of the stock market's valuation.

What would you do if you woke up paralyzed?

We all like to think we can predict the future. We make our decisions, whatever they are, believing they are well-informed and have considered all of the possibilities. We often are proved wrong. Few people ever think they could suffer an injury or illness that would leave them disabled.

Reallocation of payroll tax to SSDI favored by Lew

The Social Security Administration (SSA) collects the payroll tax that funds the retirement and the disability trust funds. Currently the payroll tax is 6.2 percent on a taxpayers first $117,000 of income for this tax year. Of that tax, 5.3 percent goes to the retirement trust fund and 0.9 percent goes toward the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

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