What Makes Mental Health Claims Difficult To Win.

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Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are available for both physical and mental conditions that are severe and disabling. If you are living with a condition, or combination of conditions, that prevents you from working full-time or on a consistent basis, you can apply for disability benefits—regardless of whether your condition is physical or a mental one. … Read More

Does it Matter Which ALJ Hears Your Disability Case?

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If your Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claim has been denied, you may want to hire counsel and proceed to hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). If that happens and you take your case to hearing, does it matter to your case which ALJ you get? It may. Social Security Rules and Regulations. As you probably … Read More

2 Things You Should Do To Make Sure Social Security Has Evidence of Your Disability.

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While no one can promise you that your disability claim made to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) will be approved, there are certain things that you can do to improve your chances of receiving a favorable outcome. One of those things is to make sure that the SSA has the … Read More

Administrative Hearing Demystified.

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Ever wonder what really happens at an administrative law hearing? The Disability Hearing. Because most people have never been through the legal process before, going to an administrative hearing after being denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) can be a frightening prospect. But it doesn’t need to be. The administrative hearing is the legal proceeding where … Read More

2 Things You Can Do to Stretch a Dollar When You are Living on Disability Benefits.

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Most of the time it’s not easy to make ends meet. Given the cost of living and the fact that most Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) checks are less than $2,000 a month, when you are living on SSDI, it can be nearly impossible. There are the regular financial belt-tightening things you can do of course, like … Read More

Can a Stay-at-Home Mom Get SSDI Benefits?

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Given that one of the requirements for getting Social Security Disability Insurance benefits  (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is that you must have worked for 10 of the past 15 years at a job that pays into the social security system through FICA taxes, if you are a  stat-at-home-mom how can you qualify for SSDI? Well, here are a few ways. … Read More

I Know What Pepsi is, But What is C.O.L.A?

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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 Social Security Administration (“SSA”) adjusts … Read More

How to Choose Your Onset Date.

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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 to determining how much money … Read More

Social Security Disability Insurance Cases and Drug Addiction.

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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 will probably be denied benefits. … Read More

If You Are Awarded Disability Benefits How Much Will You Get?

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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 the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) … Read More