Filing For Disability

How To File For Social Security Disability Benefits

April 4, 2016

Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits You sustain a crippling injury. Or maybe you or your child are diagnosed with a chronic debilitating illness. Or maybe time has caught up with you and you can no longer do what you used to do either physically…

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Explained: The Difference Between Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

March 24, 2016

What is the difference between SSD and SSI? Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSD”) are based upon an individual’s work record. A “quarter of coverage” is the basic unit of Social Security coverage used in determining a worker’s insured status. As an individual works…

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Social Security Disability Requirements

March 8, 2016

How do you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSD”)? In order to apply for SSD benefits, you must have worked in the past and have earned a sufficient amount to become insured for SSD benefits. As an individual works and pays Social…

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The Importance of Your Alleged Onset Date (AOD) For Social Security Disability Claims

July 6, 2015

An alleged onset date is important in disability cases. The date you became unable to work is one of the most important pieces of information you tell  the Social Security Administration (SSA) when you file a disability claim. The SSA will be looking at that…

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When will I find out if I won my case?

June 22, 2015

As taxing as hearings with an administrative law judge (ALJ) can be, sometimes the wait for a verdict to render is just as – if not more – trying.   Unfortunately, there’s no set timetable for ALJs when it comes to reaching a decision.…

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Applying for Disability Benefits without Insurance

May 11, 2015

If you are looking to apply or see if you qualify for disability benefits without insurance, you’ve come to the right place. In order to prove disability, the Social Security Administration must have access to your medical records. However, many claimants find themselves in…

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Lay Witnesses and Your Disability Claim

April 3, 2015

While a disabled person has the best understanding of how they feel, a spouse, relative or close friend may also be privy to a disabled person’s day-to-day challenges. Since this third party can provide additional insight into a claimant’s lifestyle, he or she can…

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What is a consultative exam and why does Social Security want one?

March 27, 2015

Occasionally, Social Security may determine the evidence provided by a claimant’s medial sources is inadequate to rule whether a disability claim is valid or not. In these situations, additional medical information may be sought by reaching out to the treating source for additional information or…

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How To Stay Afloat When Waiting For Social Security Disability Benefits

November 14, 2014

Staying afloat while you wait for a disability claim to be approved is an important topic to discuss. When a person becomes too disabled to work, he or she still needs a place to live and food to eat. While waiting for the disability…

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What Is Past Relevant Work?

January 23, 2013

  Your Past Relevant Work (PRW) is defined by SSA as work that you have done within the past 15 years, that was substantial gainful activity (SGA), and that lasted long enough for you to learn to do it. It is considered in the…

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