Will Your Disability Attorney Make Long, Grand Speeches at Your Hearing?

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If you are denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) probably the best thing you can do is to appeal the denial to get to an administrative hearing. In some states, you will need to appeal twice before you can get a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). Administrative Hearings. The hearing is where you will … Read More

Making the List: Social Security’s Disability Listings.

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A number of things go into deciding whether or not an illness, injury or impairment qualifies as a “disability” for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). One of them is whether or not your condition is a “listed condition.” Social Security’s Disability Listings. One thing that can be rather difficult to understand is that when … Read More

The Role Medications Play in Your Disability Claim.

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Here’s a “catch-22” for you: you do not have to be taking any prescribed medications in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). But if you are not taking any medicines to treat your symptoms and you are applying for disability benefits based on a medical condition that could be improved by medication, your … Read More

Work, work, work! What is Past Work and “Other Work” for SSDI?

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The federal program that provides financial assistance for people who can’t work due to serious physical or psychological conditions or impairments, is the Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) program administered by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). To qualify for SSDI benefits, a person must be incapable of working at his current job, or his old job or … Read More

Why Can’t My Doctor Just Decide if I’m Disabled or Not?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if sometimes, just sometimes, things were easy? Take Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) for example. Wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do to qualify for benefits was to just have your treating physician say you were disabled? Maybe. But that’s not how it works. Disability and Social Security Administration. To … Read More

How Long Does it Take To Find Out if You Were Awarded Benefits?

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The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) is notorious for taking an enormously long time to decide Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims. That’s why many people want to know just how long it will take before they find out if they are awarded SSDI benefits. Yes or No. The (relatively) good news is that if the SSA … Read More

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