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Disability Insurance Benefits

Depression is one of the most common disability claims made on applications to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Depression comes in many forms and can be caused by any number of things. Depression or severe depression can be caused by, or make worse because of, […]

To be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you must be able to prove that your disabling condition is current and continues to interfere with your ability to work full-time or on a consistent basis. To do this, you need to have medical records that document your current condition and treatment […]

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 […]

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 […]

As the old saying goes, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” If you will be attending an administrative hearing of your Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claim, you would do well to keep that saying in mind. Oh, Behave! How to Behave at Your Administrative Hearing. Administrative […]

Social security disability law has plenty of rules; most of which are supposed to make things simpler, but can be confusing. The “grid” rules are no exception. What are the Grid Rules? When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) uses a detailed set of rules […]

Since the majority of claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) end up going to hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), it is best to know what you can expect at a hearing. Administrative Hearings. The first thing you should be aware of is […]

What happens if you apply for  Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) and the disability examiner reviewing your file cannot find all your medical records? Let’s see. Expect an Examination. If the disability examiner cannot find current medical records (medical records that are less than 90 days old) showing that you were […]

It can take a long time to get a decision on your application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). During that time, many applicants need some kind of financial and medical assistance but they are unable to work. So what can you do? While you wait, you may be able to […]

Considering how important a treating physician’s opinions are when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)  applications, you may find it surprising to learn that sometimes the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) disregards your doctor’s opinion either in part, or completely. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does the Administrative […]