How is Back Pay Determined for Disability Benefits?

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They say you should always look for the silver lining in even the worst of situations. So what is one positive that comes out of the inordinately long time it takes for the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) to process claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”)? Almost every person that is awarded benefits is entitled to backpay. … Read More

If You Don’t Like the Backpay Amount Awarded You, Can You Appeal it?

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Sometimes even when you get what you want it might not be satisfactory. For example, if your original claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is denied, and you appeal that decision and win your appeal before the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), that might seem great. But what if the amount of … Read More

Can You Turn Down Social Security’s Request for a Video Hearing?

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Over the past several years, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has made use of video teleconference (“VTC”) to reduce the backlog of disability hearings for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claimants. The Pros and Cons. The SSA likes using VTC hearings because it is faster and cuts down on the costs they must pay Administrative Law Judges … Read More

Can You Go Back to Work? A Few Things You Need to Know.

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Not being able to work because of a severe disability is why you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) in the first place. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you will never work again. However, if you are receiving disability benefits there are some things you need to know about whether or not going back to work … Read More

5 New Conditions Added to the Compassionate Allowance Program.

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On August 20, 2018, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) added 5 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. The Compassionate Allowances Program. The Compassionate Allowances program is one way in which the SSA expedites the processing of certain disability claims. It allows the SSA to quickly process the claims of those persons with the most severe conditions – like a … Read More

How Social Media Impacts Your Disability Claim.

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You wouldn’t think that having a LinkedIn account could be a problem, but sometimes, it can. Like when you are applying for or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). Social Media Accounts and Disability Benefits. According to several recent articles, social media monitoring is a growing practice. It is becoming increasingly more common for insurers or … Read More

How Your Answers on Disability Forms Can Get You Denied Benefits.

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Because the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) denies the vast majority of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims it receives, if you need disability benefits, you will want to do everything you can to improve your chances of being awarded benefits. To maximize your chances of a positive outcome, you should hire experienced counsel and you should take … Read More

Why is it So Hard to Win Disability Benefits if Your Impairment is an “Invisible Disease”?

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It’s no secret that almost 75% of all applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are initially denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and that it can take up to 2 years to get a hearing once your claim has been denied. This may make you ask yourself, can winning disability benefits get much worse? … Read More

What Are “Invisible Diseases”?

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Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Pain. Anxiety. Chronic Dizziness. Depression. Migraines. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What do all of these disabling conditions have in common? They are all “invisible.” Invisible Disabilities. For purposes of receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) some disabling conditions are obvious. If, say, a person is confined to … Read More

Can Non-Medical Evidence Help With Your Disability Claim?

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Central to any Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claim is sufficient medical evidence of your disability and how it prevents you from being able to work full time. But what about non-medical evidence? Can that influence your disability claim? It certainly can. Medical Records and Test Results. To qualify for SSDI, you must document your current … Read More