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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Being born prematurely does not qualify automatically qualify an infant for SSI disability benefits; the important factor when determining a preemie's eligibility for disability is his or her birth weight when compared to its gestational age (how far along in her pregnancy the mother was when the baby was born).
Before addressing whether debt collectors can garnish your Social Security disability check, let's talk about garnishment. Garnishment is a way for a person or company to collect payment after a court judgment has been entered against a debtor (the person who owes the money). A garnishment directs a third party, such as a bank, to make payments on the judgment out of the debtor’s income.
Despite the grueling process that the Social Security Administration (SSA) generally subjects disability applicants to, some individuals receive benefits that they are not entitled to. Sometimes a person should not be receiving any federal benefits. In other cases, individuals receive more compensation than they should.
I have been working part-time for years and was recently advised by my doctor that I cannot continue working. Are disability benefits available for part-time employees?