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

What's a Credit Card Grace Period?
Make sure you know what a credit card grace period is, and whether your credit card has one.
How Much in Social Security Disability Benefits Can You Get?
How much your SSDI (Social Security disability) benefit will be is based on your lifetime earnings. Here's how Social Security calculates your SSDI payment.
Disability Benefits for Stroke Victims
If you have difficulty communicating or moving your limbs following a stroke, you should qualify for disability benefits.
Disability Benefits for Colon or Rectal Cancer
Social Security has specific criteria you must meet for your colon cancer to qualify for benefits.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis
Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can be disabling. Social Security has a separate listing for rheumatoid arthritis.
Getting Disability Benefits for Narcolepsy
If your narcolepsy significantly affects your productivity at work, you may be able to get disability benefits.
Disability Benefits for Liver Disease Caused by Alcoholic Cirrohsis
If you can't work because of irreversible damage caused by alcoholic cirrhosis (also called alcoholic liver disease), you may be able to get disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Emphysema
Emphysema that causes poor lung function often qualifies for disability benefits.
Getting Disability for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disease of the intestines that causes abdominal pain and bloating, cramping, gas, constipation, diarrhea and mucus in the stool.
Disability Benefits for Digestive System Diseases
If you have severe liver disease or bowel syndrome, or another digestive illness that causes gastrointestinal hemorrhaging or weight loss, you may be able to get disability benefits.