Tag Archives | Social Security disability

Delays Just Grow

Even before they begin the process most people filing a claim for Social Security disability know they could be in for a long fight. But according to a report published in the Washington Post the reality is that in 2016 alone, more than 10,000 Americans died waiting for a decision of their disability case. The […]

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Are You Eligible For SSI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides monthly payments to people who have limited income and few resources. SSI is for people who are 65 or older, AND for those of any age, including children, who are blind or who have disabilities and meet the asset limits. To get SSI, you must: […]

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People Receiving Disability Benefits Can Report Wages Online

Social Security has expanded its online services to allow people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and their representative payees to report wages securely online. This service is available through our existing “my Social Security” portal. Now, it’s faster and easier for SSDI beneficiaries and their representative payees to report wages; they can […]

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Baseline Earnings Requirements For Disability

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts a financial review that can affect benefit payment amounts, qualification rules, and other areas of Social Security disability. When a serious medical condition stops you from working, benefits through the SSA’s disability programs can help you get by. Qualifying can sometimes be tricky though, and you may […]

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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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