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Most people will agree that applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) can be difficult and frustrating. Although you can now apply online, the process is still time-consuming and can be confusing. So before you get started, it is a good idea to know what to expect or, better yet, to have […]

Sometimes it takes so long to finally get a Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearing, that people wonder what it takes to get a hearing date. The answer is…time. Lots of it. Social Security Disability Hearings. The reason why you request a hearing date is because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has […]

It is very difficult to win Social Security Disability Insurance  (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) if you have a drug or alcohol problem. Whether or not you will be denied benefits depends (among other things) on whether your drug or alcohol use is a material factor in your disabling medical condition. If it is, then you […]

There are many medical and psychological conditions that are so debilitating that they can prevent a person from being able to work full-time or consistently enough to support oneself. Obesity can be such a condition. Obesity used to be a listed condition for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) but the […]

One important aspect of qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is that you must seek treatment for your condition and you must follow your doctor’s orders. If you do not, your failure to do so can be grounds for denying you benefits. So, if you have a mental condition and […]

After you have applied to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) should you call to check up on your claim? If you did not apply for disability benefits with the assistance of experienced social security disability counsel, the short answer is “yes.” Here are 2 good […]

Applying for Social Security Administration (“SSA”) disability benefits for your disabled child is no less complicated than applying for disability benefits for yourself. Here’s a brief description of what you can expect when it comes to applying for disability benefits for a child. Disabled Children Under 18. Disabled children who are under 18 (from birth […]

One thing you can count on when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is that from application to award, you are going to do a lot of waiting. Social Security’s 5-Month Waiting Period. For SSDI claims, there is a 5-month waiting period for which no benefits are paid. It […]

When you apply for  Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) one of the things you will need to do is to describe in detail your work history. In today’s post we are going to see why that is so important. Your Work History. Why it Matters. A disability claimant’s work history is critical […]

To be considered disabled and eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you must have a condition (or set of conditions) that are severe and have lasted or are expected to last at least 12 months. In addition to this, your condition must impose enough functional limitations so as to […]