What Happens If I Work While On Disability?

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If you work, you get a paycheck. If you do not work, you do not get a paycheck. This reality can be harsh for those that are unable to work due to a disability. If that is your situation, you should consider applying for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays these benefits to disabled workers, … Read More

How Mental Illness Is Treated for Disability Purposes

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Not every disability involves a physical condition. People can become disabled and unable to work from long term exposure to dangerous chemicals, and never exhibit an outward physical disability. People can also suffer from cancer or another disease and still be disabled, even though there is no visible signs of having a physical disability (save for loss of hair from … Read More

Will My Tax Refund Be Reduced If I Get SSDI Or SSI?

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Every year in April millions of workers across the country rush to meet the tax deadline. April 15 is the date by which every American has to file their tax return, and most hope for a fat refund. All year long workers pay into the system, hoping it is enough not to be hit with a big tax bill. In … Read More

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

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.

Parmele Law FirmSocial Security, Uncategorized

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