Tag Archives | Social Security disability

What is a Vocational Expert?

In many disability claims, vocational evidence becomes pivotal. What does this mean, and what can you do if it appears in your claim file? Often vocational information is in a written report from a person who has never seen you, but simply has reviewed the record. After a finding of medical disability, the question becomes […]

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Treating Physicians’ Evidence Diminished by New Rules

In the U.S., less than half of all people who apply for disability benefits — about 45 percent — are ultimately accepted, says Lisa Ekman with the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. Getting a hearing takes an average of nearly 600 days. “It is not easy to get disability benefits, and it’s a […]

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Attorneys Fees in Social Security Cases

Attorneys’ fees in Social Security and SSI disability cases are paid under a rule set by Congress as part of the Social Security Act. This law allows attorneys to charge up to 25% of the back benefit achieved for the client, to a maximum of $6,000. The lawyer will be paid only out of your […]

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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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“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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Even After Winning, There are Delays!

Even after WINNING a claim, there are unconscionable delays in the Social Security system. Laurie Mickelberg, 49, is dying of cancer and needs Social Security disability benefits – now. However, she and thousands of others just like her, face a long waiting period and may not survive to collect. Mickelberg is fighting stage 4 ovarian […]

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Disabled Woman Struggles with Delays on Case

The tumors and cysts blinded Barbara Sales in her left eye and, years ago, lodged in her brain, have robbed her of far more than her sight and memory. Three seizures forced Sales, 53, to lose a job she’d hoped to get full time. Her maladies and medications, treatments for a rare genetic disease, have […]

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Could You Be Eligible for VA and Social Security Disability?

If you are already receiving disability benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) you may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is administered by the SSA to provide monthly benefits for disabled workers. To receive SSDI, you must have worked enough to earn sufficient credits […]

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Taxes and Your Disability Payment

Social Security is generally considered a tax-free benefit, but that is not always the case. Depending on the amount of alternate income that you have in retirement and your filing status, you could owe taxes on up to 85% of your Social Security benefits. If you receive Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) […]

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