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You may have wondered why it takes so long to get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) or why the Social Security Administration’s rules have to be so complicated. But have you ever wondered why we even have a Social Security system? A  Little History of the Social Security System. Long before […]

If your claim  for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) at the claims process level, and after Reconsideration, an administrative hearing and by the Appeals Council, you can ask the Federal District Court for review. Time To Appeal. If you decide to request federal […]

More than half of all claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) each year. This results in most claims going to Reconsideration (if your state has that procedure) and/or to an administrative hearing. If your claim is denied again after an administrative hearing, […]

Are you disabled and reaching retirement age? If you are, and you have been thinking about applying for early retirement and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) at the same time, here are some things you should know. You Can Do Both. Many people believe that you cannot file for early retirement at […]

You may have heard that you don’t “need” to have an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). However, if you are denied benefits and you proceed to hearing without an attorney, the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) just might postpone your hearing to give you time to get an […]

To be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you must be able to prove that your disabling condition is current and continues to interfere with your ability to work full-time or on a consistent basis. To do this, you need to have medical records that document your current condition and treatment […]

If you have never heard of C.O.L.A., you might just think it is a sugary drink that goes well with hotdogs and a Kansas City Royals game. Not quite, but a C.O.L.A just might get you in to see the game. Cost of Living Adjustment. C.O.L.A. stands for “Cost of Living Adjustment.” Every year, the […]

As you may have learned from one of our previous blog posts, making sure that you have the correct Alleged Onset Date (“onset date” or “AOD”) of your disability when you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), is critical. The Date You Allege You Became Permanently Disabled. To quickly review, […]

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it is vital that you get one thing right: your Alleged Onset Date (“onset date” or “AOD”). The date you put down on your application as your AOD can influence whether or not you are awarded benefits, and it is critical […]

Some people may think it’s just a matter of luck whether or not  the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) awards you Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Not so. When it comes to evaluating SSDI claims, the law requires the SSA to address specific issues in a specific order. This is what is known […]