When Uncle Sam Can Keep Part of Your Disability Check.

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It’s hard enough to win Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). So finding out that there are times when the government can get its hands on part of your payments (in addition to being able to tax them), is disheartening indeed. But, in certain circumstances that is exactly what the government can do. In today’s post we … Read More

How is Back Pay Determined for Disability Benefits?

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They say you should always look for the silver lining in even the worst of situations. So what is one positive that comes out of the inordinately long time it takes for the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) to process claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)? Almost every person that is awarded benefits is entitled to backpay. … Read More

If You Don’t Like the Backpay Amount Awarded You, Can You Appeal it?

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Sometimes even when you get what you want it might not be satisfactory. For example, if your original claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is denied, and you appeal that decision and win your appeal before the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), that might seem great. But what if the amount of … Read More

Can You Turn Down Social Security’s Request for a Video Hearing?

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Over the past several years, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has made use of video teleconference (“VTC”) to reduce the backlog of disability hearings for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claimants. The Pros and Cons. The SSA likes using VTC hearings because it is faster and cuts down on the costs they must pay Administrative Law Judges … Read More

2 Reasons Why You Probably Don’t Want a Video Hearing.

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Since 2010 and 2011, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has attempted to reduce the backlog of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) cases by allowing Administrative Law Judges (“ALJ”) to conduct disability appeal hearings by way of video teleconference (“VTC”). Video Hearings. The idea behind the move was that it would allow ALJs to conduct more hearings, thereby … Read More

Protect Yourself from Social Security Disability Scams.

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In today’s day and age, it seems like you have to protect yourself at every turn. Scams seem to be everywhere and cover just about every conceivable subject. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is no exception. Watch Out For and Protect Yourself Against SSDI Scams. As recently as August 27, 2018, the Florida Office of the … Read More

Social Security Disability Benefits and Taxes.

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People often wonder whether the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) they are receiving are taxable. Taxes and Social Security Disability Benefits. The short answer is “yes.” The longer answer goes something like this. When it comes to taxes, keep this in mind: the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has two separate disability programs— SSDI (which we are … Read More

What is Better, a Medical Source Statement or a Functional Capacity Evaluation?

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For Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims, there’s evidence, and then there’s evidence. Here’s what we mean. Medical evidence of disability is critical to your chances of winning your SSDI claim. But the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is particular about what medical evidence it finds convincing. Medical Evidence Must Be Current. One of the most important factors … Read More

How Social Media Impacts Your Disability Claim.

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You wouldn’t think that having a LinkedIn account could be a problem, but sometimes, it can. Like when you are applying for or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Social Media Accounts and Disability Benefits. According to several recent articles, social media monitoring is a growing practice. It is becoming increasingly more common for insurers or … Read More

How Your Answers on Disability Forms Can Get You Denied Benefits.

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Because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies the vast majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims it receives, if you need disability benefits, you will want to do everything you can to improve your chances of being awarded benefits. To maximize your chances of a positive outcome, you should hire experienced counsel and you should take … Read More