Does Social Security Conduct Surveillance of Disability Applicants?

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Private insurance companies hire people to follow disability claimants around to gas stations, amusement parks, the grocery store, and even into the doctor’s office to see if they can catch them on camera doing things they say they can’t do. If you are applying for or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you might wonder whether … Read More

Can You Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

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Before you spend the time and energy required to fill out an application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you might want to do yourself a huge favor and figure out first whether you can qualify for SSDI. The best way to do that is to talk to an experienced disability attorney during a FREE consultation. … 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

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

The 5 Step Sequential Analysis of Disability Benefits Explained.

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Some people may think 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 known as the SSA’s  “5-step sequential … Read More

Do I Have to Die Before I Can Get a Hearing?

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Sometimes it takes so long to finally get a Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) hearing, that people wonder what it takes to get a hearing date. The answer is…time. Lots of it. Social Security Disability Hearings. The reason why you request a hearing date is because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has denied your disability claim. Unlike … Read More

If You Are Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and This Happens, You Must Report it to the Social Security Administration.

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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 you must report to the … Read More