Can Volunteer Work Ever Be Considered Substantial Gainful Employment?

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You apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) because you are too disabled to continue to work long enough or consistently enough to support yourself. But what happens if you are awarded disability benefits and you do volunteer wor? Can your benefits be taken away? Let’s Get Back To the Basics. It is important to remember … Read More

What is SGA?

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When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”), there are a lot of terms and disability concepts to know and understand. What “substantial gainful activity” (“SGA”) is, is just one of them. Substantial Gainful Activity. Before you can be awarded disability benefits you have to qualify. To do that, (we’re simplifying things a lot here) … Read More

The 3 Tests Social Security Uses to Test Your Self-employment SGA.

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In one of our previous posts we discussed how the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) evaluates eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) for self-employed applicants, and pointed out that it uses individuals differently than it does for those who work for an employer.  In today’s post we will explore in a little more detail what those … 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

When Being Unsuccessful at Working Can Work in Your Favor.

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Normally, being successful at working is what everyone aims for. But when it comes to  Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) unsuccessful work attempts can actually work in your favor. Here’s what we mean. Unsuccessful Work Attempts Before Applying for Disability Benefits. The whole point of disability benefits is to provide financial assistance to disabled persons who … Read More

The Role that Your Daily Living Activities Play in Your Social Security Disability Application.

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They say that the devil is in the details. When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI”), that is certainly true. It’s the ordinary, every-day little things that can affect an award of benefits. Activities of Daily Living. When evaluating your disability, one of the things the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) looks at is your activities of daily … Read More

SSD Attorneys on Social Security Disability & Law

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According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, Social Security Disability is a program that “pays monthly benefits to workers who are no longer able to work due to a significant illness or impairment that is expected to last at least a year or to result in death within a year.” Am I Eligible? In order to be eligible for … Read More

What it Means to Help – A Social Security Disability Attorney’s Perspective

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By James Pavisian, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. I recently met with a potential client who became upset when I concluded that my firm could not help her with her social security disability claim.  Generally speaking, there are some denials that no attorney can fight.  These include technical denials because the household income exceeds allowances for SSI benefits or the individual … Read More

Working While Waiting for Social Security Disability Benefits

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By Kelsey Young, Attorney Parmele Law Firm, P.C. The process for receiving Social Security disability benefits can be a long and confusing one for many people. The majority of people pursuing benefits must attend a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, and waiting for that hearing could take one to two years depending on the person’s location and the efficiency of … Read More