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If you are over 65 and no longer able to work full-time (i.e., are disabled), you might be wondering whether you can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) or whether you should just go ahead and apply for your Social Security retirement benefits. In today’s post we’ll give you some things […]

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you may in fact be disabled but unless the evidence in the Social Security Administration’s hands (“SSA”) supports permanent disability, you will not be awarded disability benefits. Before you ever apply for disability benefits, here are a few things you can […]

2018 marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I. Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on November 11, 2018. Sometimes the disability benefits program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) gets confused with the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) program. However, the two […]

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it is possible that your family members could receive benefits too. Many people do not realize that in certain circumstances, family members can receive SSDI benefits. These benefits are referred to as… Auxiliary Benefits. Let’s get one confusing point about auxiliary benefits straight […]

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, […]

While the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is not known for moving quickly on  claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits s (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it does have several programs that expedite claims processing. Compassionate Allowance. The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program enables the SSA to quickly provide disability benefits to applicants who have conditions that […]

You may have wondered why it takes so long to get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) or why the Social Security Administration’s rules have to be so complicated. But have you ever wondered why we even have a Social Security system? A  Little History of the Social Security System. Long before […]

If your claim  for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) at the claims process level, and after Reconsideration, an administrative hearing and by the Appeals Council, you can ask the Federal District Court for review. Time To Appeal. If you decide to request federal […]

More than half of all claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) each year. This results in most claims going to Reconsideration (if your state has that procedure) and/or to an administrative hearing. If your claim is denied again after an administrative hearing, […]

Are you disabled and reaching retirement age? If you are, and you have been thinking about applying for early retirement and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) at the same time, here are some things you should know. You Can Do Both. Many people believe that you cannot file for early retirement at […]