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To be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you must first qualify for benefits. There are basically 2 requirements for qualifying for SSDI benefits. You need to: (1) have a severe impairment that meets the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of “disabled,” and (2) you need to have worked at a […]

Many people who apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hear that they don’t need to have an attorney to file a disability claim with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) so they do not hire an attorney to represent them. However, when it comes to Social Security disability law, it is rarely […]

Until the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) recent ban, Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) deciding disability case would use the internet to see if claimants were posting pictures of themselves that showed they were not really disabled. But now the SSA has banned ALJs from doing that. So does that mean that you no longer have to […]

Many people who apply for Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) will end up appealing the denial of their claim by way of an administrative hearing. At your hearing there will be a Vocational Expert (“VE”). The VE is an expert in jobs and employment duties. His […]

Some people may think that 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 […]

Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) provides cash payments to permanently disabled workers (and their dependents) who have worked and paid into the Social security system by paying federal (FICA) taxes. Who Qualifies for SSDI? To qualify for SSDI benefits, you need to meet basically 2 criteria: You need to be “disabled” within […]

One of the things that generally happens at a Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearing, is that the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) will ask the Vocational Expert (“VE”) a number of questions designed to find out whether you can do your past relevant work or any “other” work. So what does it […]

Some things (in fact, lots of things) about Social Security Disability Insurance  (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) disability hearings are confusing. Among them is the fact that the Vocational Expert (“VE”) at your hearing may testify about jobs that you have never done before and may not even exist where you live. This very often leaves […]

If your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is denied and you proceed to an administrative hearing, you may not understand why the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) asks the Vocational Expert a series of hypothetical questions at the hearing. Let’s see what it’s all about. The Administrative Hearing. The  purpose […]

Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a needs-based program administered by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Because eligibility for SSI is determined based on your income and financial resources, any changes to your income or resources must be reported to the SSA. Here are only 3 life events that may change your income or finances which […]