Some Common Mistakes Made on Disability Applications.

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It is very difficult to get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). In fact, each year the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies approximately 70% of the disability claims it receives. Sometimes the reason a claim is denied is due to mistakes that the applicant has made when filling out the SSDI application. Like every other part of … Read More

Hearings, Evidence and the 5-day Rule

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Not very long ago the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) issued a new rule regarding submitting written evidence to the court for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearings. Before this rule, applicants (through their counsel) were allowed to submit evidence as soon as possible and preferably at least one week before the hearing. However, there was no official … Read More

Can the ALJ Disregard Medical Evidence?

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Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) are responsible for taking testimony and evidence at Social Security disability hearings when an applicant is denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). There are any number of reasons why a disability application could be denied, but going to hearing is the applicant’s chance to have the judge take a “fresh look” at … Read More

Can You Qualify for Disability Benefits if You Have a Mood Disorder?

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Many different physical and mental disabilities or impairments can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Many medical and psychological conditions are so debilitating that they can prevent a person from being able to work full-time or on a consistent basis. Mood Disorders. Mood disorders cover an array of diagnoses from phobias to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). … Read More

What is Social Security’s Red Book?

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You may have heard of the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) Blue Book, which lists qualified disabilities for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims, but have you ever heard of the “Red Book”? Social Security’s Red Book. The Social Security Administration’s Red Book is a general reference tool designed to help individuals who are trying to move … Read More

Can Volunteer Work Ever Be Considered Substantial Gainful Employment?

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You apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) because you are too disabled to continue to work long enough or consistently enough to support yourself. But what happens if you are awarded disability benefits and you do volunteer wor? Can your benefits be taken away? Let’s Get Back To the Basics. It is important to remember … Read More

What is SGA?

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When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), there are a lot of terms and disability concepts to know and understand. What “substantial gainful activity” (“SGA”) is, is just one of them. Substantial Gainful Activity. Before you can be awarded disability benefits you have to qualify. To do that, (we’re simplifying things a lot here) … Read More

The 3 Tests Social Security Uses to Test Your Self-employment SGA.

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In one of our previous posts we discussed how the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) evaluates eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) for self-employed applicants, and pointed out that it uses individuals differently than it does for those who work for an employer.  In today’s post we will explore in a little more detail what those … Read More

Self-employment and Social Security Disability Benefits.

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If you work for an employer and apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), to decide whether you qualify for disability benefits, in addition to looking at your medical condition(s),  the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) looks at how much you paid in federal taxes (“FICA”) through your employer while you were working, and how much money … Read More

Will Receiving Disability Benefits Get Rid of Your Student Loans?

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What happens if you become disabled after going to school and now you can’t work, so are collecting Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) but you still have student loans? Well, depending on a number of factors, if you have federal student loans and can qualify, you might be eligible for a “total and permanent disability” (“TDP”) … Read More