What to Expect at an Administrative Judge Hearing

The administrative judge hearing is the last administrative stage in a Social Security or SSI appeal. It takes well over a year, possibly more, to get a hearing after the hearing request. Hearings are meant to be informal, fact-finding procedures. The people present at the hearing are the claimant and the attorney, the judge and […]

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The Effect of Side Effects

People with disabilities are necessarily on medications to manage their symptoms, no matter what the medical or psychiatric symptoms. Often these medications have side effects that are nearly as troublesome as the original symptoms, but are necessary for lessening or containing the illness – think of chemotherapy. Many have side effects such as fatigue and […]

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Reduced Productivity Should be Documented in a Claim

There are many ways to prove that someone cannot hold a job and is thus disabled. For example, they may meet the regulations for a physical or psychological disability. This means the medical evidence in the file meets the requirements of the regulations that Social Security sets. If a claimant cannot meet a these rules, […]

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Pain as a Basis for Disability Claim

When we ask people what stops them from working, the most common reason is pain. As anyone who has experienced it knows, acute pain takes over every corner of your life, hindering physical ability, interfering with concentration and stamina, and causing fatigue. Many people with conditions as diverse as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Fibromylagia, migraines and […]

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Proposed Cuts to Disability Programs Strike Home

When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney assumed the podium in the White House briefing room last week and previewed the administration’s 2018 budget, Heather Block’s fears quickly turned to outrage. Block, a 54-year-old former international aid worker from Lewes, Delaware, listened with growing anger as Mulvaney promised to slice $72 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance […]

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“Benefits” of Social Security Disability

As of March, 10.58 million people were being paid an average of $1,171.52 per month, which works out to about $14,058 per year. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s enough to push the average disabled individual above the poverty level. These 10.58 million disabled beneficiaries account for more than 17% of all […]

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Applying for Benefits During an Injury Lawsuit

If a person is injured in an accident, or has a personal injury claim, there may be simultaneous eligibility for Social Security and SSI disability payments. The advantages of applying for Social Security can include additional income and medical benefits during the years that litigation will take to work to conclusion. Unlike personal injury or […]

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Reviews of Your Disability Benefits

Everyone receiving Social Security disability or SSI disability payments will have their medical conditions reviewed periodically. Your payments can continue unless there is strong proof that your condition has improved medically and that you are able to return to work. These “Continuing Disability Reviews” are scary, no two ways about it. But they are certainly […]

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“Qualified” Immigrants May Receive SSI

As the President and Congress consider our immigration policies it is timely to review the current availability of Social Security and SSI benefits for non-citizens. In general, beginning August 22, 1996, most aliens must be in one of the following “qualified alien” categories that allow eligibility and meet a condition that allows them to get […]

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