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

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.
How Much Can You Work While Receiving SSI Disability Benefits?
One of the basic requirements for disability benefits is that your medical condition is so severe it prevents you from performing a substantial amount of work.
What Is Substantial Gainful Activity (Work) to Social Security?
Substantial gainful activity is the level of work that a person without a disability can do.
Social Security Disability Benefits for Emphysema
Emphysema that causes poor lung function often qualifies for disability benefits.
Social Security Dependents Benefits for Spouses of Disability Recipients
Your spouse is entitled to a Social Security spousal benefit if he or she is over 62 or cares for your child who is disabled or under 16.
Getting Disability Benefits for Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation deep in the layers of the intestinal wall and throughout the gastrointestinal track.
Disability Benefits for the Self-Employed
Can you own or run a small business and collect Social Security disability benefits?
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 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.
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.