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Social Security Disability

Will the Partial Government Shutdown Affect My Disability or Medicare Benefits?

January 21, 2019   |  
The current “partial government shutdown” has many of our clients worried what this could mean for their Social Security Disability, SSI, Social Security Retirement, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.  The answer, fortunately, is “not that much.”  A survey of recent media reporting on the topic leads us to believe that: First, benefits...
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Can Injured Truck Drivers Receive Compensation in North Carolina?

February 16, 2018   |  
In addition to helping truck accident survivors and their families, the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley, LLP also help injured truck drivers. Our law firm has overseen workers’ compensation and third-party cases involving truck drivers who were injured on the job. You may have one or more options for compensation...
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Attorney Scott Scurfield Achieves Certified Social Security Specialist Designation

November 27, 2017   |  
Riddle & Brantley, LLP is proud to announce that attorney Scott Scurfield has been certified as a specialist in Social Security disability law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Scurfield, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is the head of the...
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Are Adults Under 50 Eligible for Disability Benefits?

June 12, 2017   |  
When people think of those that collect Social Security disability benefits, most are likely to think of older men and women who are injured on the job. However, there are also many men and women under 50 years old who rely on disability benefits. Unfortunately, young adults (men and women...
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Can I Lose My Disability Benefits If I Have a Drug or Alcohol Abuse Problem?

June 5, 2017   |  
Does having a drug or alcohol abuse problem impact a person’s ability to qualify for Social Security disability benefits? In most cases, yes. However, there are exceptions. Around 20 years ago, Congress put in place provisions that enable Disability and Determination Services to deny Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and...
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Can Kids Collect Disability Benefits?

June 2, 2017   |  
For kids inflicted with physical and mental disabilities and their parents, Social Security disability benefits can make a huge difference in their quality of life, including providing them with the means to outfit their homes and vehicles with equipment to help with their disability and afford medical treatment. However, without...
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How Long Does It Take to Apply for Social Security Disability?

May 31, 2017   |  
During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised to protect Medicaid, Medicare and the Social Security system. However, since taking office, President Trump’s administration has backed the American Health Care Act (also known as Trumpcare), which may threaten to gut Medicare and Medicaid, making life more difficult for elderly and disabled...
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Where Are the Best VA Hospitals Located?

Recently, USA Today published a story detailing secret VA hospital quality ratings. The article was based on internal Department of Veterans Affairs’ documents that USA Today obtained. These ratings give the public access to an unfiltered view of where VA hospitals rank in quality, including which facilities Veterans Affairs considers...
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The Truth Behind The Media And SSDI

March 15, 2016   |  
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is an integral part of the Social Security system that provides vital economic security to workers and their families. SSDI provides modest but essential coverage that American workers earn, and protects against the economic devastation that often accompanies life-changing disability. Unfortunately, recent media...
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The Differences Between Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits

North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system and federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can act as safety nets for people who are unable to work because of a disability. Although the two systems have a similar goal – providing much-needed benefits to disabled workers – there are significant differences between them....
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