Five Conditions Recently Added to the Compassionate Allowance Program

Tennesseans who have certain types of severe health conditions may receive expedited processing of their Social Security disability claims through the compassionate allowances program, and the SSA recently added five conditions to the list. The compassionate allowances program was created in 2008 to provide faster disability claims processing for people with certain diseases, and the […]

What Is Functional Equivalence in SSI Cases?

A child’s disability will be considered to be functionally equivalent to the disability listings if he or she either has an extreme limitation or a minimum of two severe limitations in two out of six different areas. Tennessee parents whose children are disabled may be able to receive SSI benefits even if their children’s disabilities […]

Understanding the Difference Between SSI, SSDI and Social Security

Many people in Tennessee are confused about the differences between the Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Income and Social Security retirement benefits programs. Each of these separate programs is designed to help different populations of people. While Social Security retirement benefits are available to people who have reached the retirement age and have built […]

Do You Qualify for a Compassionate Allowance

The Social Security Administration’s compassionate allowance program provides expedited benefits to disabled people whose conditions clearly qualify them for SSDI. The program is in response to significant delays in processing claims. Prior to the implementation of the CAL program, many applicants with severe impairments and even terminal illnesses were forced to wait between six to […]

When Security Goes Too Far: Excessive Force Injuries

When a security officer uses excessive force to apprehend or detain a person, injury and even wrongful death may result. Security guards, armed, or unarmed, do not possess the same arrest powers or rights to use force as a sworn police officer. Security Guards Are not Police Officers Security guards are typically given the responsibility […]

Stroke Victim? SSD May Be an Option

In Tennessee, some stroke victims who have severe symptoms may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they are left unable to work. People who have suffered severe strokes should apply as soon as they are able because the SSDI process can be lengthy. To be eligible for SSDI benefits, people will need to […]

Getting SSDI Benefits for Parkinson’s

Tennesseans who have Parkinson’s disease may qualify for SSDI benefits if their symptoms have become severe due to the progression of the condition, leaving them unable to perform the tasks of their jobs. To qualify, applicants who have Parkinson’s disease must be able to show that their conditions prevent them from performing the tasks of […]

While You Wait: Understanding the Impact of Other Types of Disability Income

Tennesseans may be eligible for multiple types of disability benefits that can have an impact on the total amount of benefits they can receive. In addition to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, people might be eligible for long-term disability benefits, veterans’ disability benefits, and workers’ compensation. It is possible for people to receive benefits from […]

Auxiliary Benefits for Children of Non-Traditional Families

Certain Tennessee children who are members of non-traditional families may qualify for auxiliary disability benefits as the dependents of disabled adults. Children who are disabled and whose families meet income eligibility guidelines may also qualify for disability benefits. Children may qualify based on a disabled, unmarried parent’s benefits. Children who reside with their grandparents may […]

SSDI: Relief for People with Cancer

Tennesseans who receive cancer diagnoses may want to consider applying for SSDI to help them meet their financial needs and pay for their medical care while they are going through treatment. Some types of cancer may allow patients to receive expedited processing of their applications for disability. Others whose cancers are not listed in the […]