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5. Cash Disability Benefits and Related Disability Protection

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Who do I talk to about someone stealing the identity of a dead loved one?

i would like to know if iam being aproved for benefits disability

Do S.S. have a work at home program for some one at is on S.S.

what happens if you was to get married does your retirement become a joined account also, what about social security does it join also, plus do you lose by being married or single. which is better with social security and retirement.

can someone collect SS benefits if they are terminally ill but tries to work as much as possible some weeks are 4 hours others are 40 hours

i live in maryland & worked as a construction worker [fire sprinkler installer] witch was heavy labor screwed my back really bad and alot of my joints through my body i worked 4 8 yeaRS @40 -60 PLUS HOURS AWEEK . i got denied because im 29 yrs old and the form says "due to my age we understand you cant do the same profession" i was maken $25.00hr but im suposed work for min. wage @ $5.00hr, i guess. i never been on here but mabey ill get a reply thanks

The SSA's book Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (also known as the “Blue Book”) lists the following requirements for bipolar syndrome :

3. Bipolar syndrome with a history of episodic periods manifested by the full symptomatic picture of both manic and depressive syndromes (and currently characterized by either or both syndromes);
B. Resulting in at least two of the following:
1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or
2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or
3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or
4. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration;


how do I go about recieveing disability if I am retired and was hurt while I was in the service. I serve in every major war that we have had since 1987 and even some that was not shown on tv.

What is the difference between SSD and SSI? I always thought that SSD was for  the ones that worked and made decent money? SSD paid you more than SSI and SSD was for the ones that were totally Disabled for life and will never work again. Can someone explain the difference for me?


I am 29 yrs old and unable to work due to chronic illness. I cannot walk more than 200 yrds. my doctor says I will not be able to resume work and am disabled permanently. However, I have been married since 19 (over ten years now) and was told I do not have enough credits for SSD. However my husband makes about 50,000 a year and so I cannot get SSI. I have been disabled for almost 4 yrs now and we are sinking financially from medical bills. I was told recently that I could get SSD based on my husband's work credits. Is this true? I can't find any concrete info on this but I have seen it mentioned.

Can I use my husbands credits to qualify for SSD?

Here are excerpts from the following which may be useful :
I have never worked but my spouse has. What will my benefits be?

If you are taking care of a child who is under age 16 or who gets Social Security disability benefits, you get full benefits, regardless of age.

You can get Medicare when you reach age 65 or, if you are disabled or have permanent kidney failure, you can get Medicare if you are younger than 65.

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