Doing This One Thing Can Ruin Your Chances of Getting Disability Benefits.

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Not much can ensure that you will be awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), but some things can almost guarantee that your claim will get denied. Here is one of them. Waiting Too Long To Apply for Disability Benefits. A number of things can derail your application: incomplete information, missing medical records, gaps in your medical … Read More

Credibility and Why it Matters to You.

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Credibility has been defined as: the quality of being believed. When it comes to applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) it’s not enough that you are “disabled.” You must also be believed. Things You Can Do To Improve Your Credibility Factor. One of the sad realities you must face when you apply for SSDI is … Read More

What to Look for When Choosing a Disability Attorney.

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You’ve heard the statistics that say the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) denies a whopping 70% of all Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) claims submitted to them. Maybe you’ve already had your claim denied. You understand that the disability process can be a confusing, complicated and difficult maze to try to navigate. You realize that trying to do … Read More

Expedited Claims: the Compassionate Allowance Program.

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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 meet the SSA’s listing (“Blue … Read More

What To Think About Before Applying for Early Retirement and Disability at the Same Time

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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 age 62 and SSDI at … Read More

Will I Have to Explain My Onset Date?

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As you may have learned from one of our previous blog posts, making sure that you have the correct Alleged Onset Date (“onset date” or “AOD”) of your disability when you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), is critical. The Date You Allege You Became Permanently Disabled. To quickly review, your AOD is the date … Read More

If You Are Getting Disability Benefits (SSDI) and This Happens, You Must Report it to the Social Security Administration.

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You might think that once you are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) you can forget all about having to communicate with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Wrong. It may not come up often, but there will be times when you will need to contact the SSA. Like when? Like when… Your Medical Condition Improves and … Read More

3 Reasons Why a Consultative Examination May Be Scheduled for You.

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Medical records are critical to the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) disability determinations. When someone applies for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) disability examiners, who work for the SSA, need objective medical evidence to base a decision of “disabled” or “not disabled” on. It is in the quest of that medical evidence that the SSA uses a  “Consultative … Read More

Supplemental Security Income and Healthcare Coverage.

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Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a financial “needs-based” program available to qualified disabled children and individuals who have very limited income and assets. SSI provides a monthly stipend to individuals who qualify for assistance. Health Care Coverage and SSI. The SSI program is a federal program that is designed to provide income to the aged, blind, or disabled who have … Read More

Wait! I Have to Wait How Long to Get Medicare?

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Here’s the good news: everyone eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is eligible for Medicare. Here’s the bad news: you may have to wait 2 years for health care coverage. And here’s more not-so-good news: the start date for that 2-year waiting period does not begin with the month you became disabled. Which means? You … Read More