The Social Security disability application process is a waiting game that can take months or years to complete. Application denials, new submission attempts and frustrating delays in communication are common occurrences when applying for Social Security disability benefits. Back Pay refers to the benefits you would have received had your claim been approved immediately. The process of determining a start […]
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of central vision loss in Americans over the age of 50. February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month, a time to share information about this disease and help understand its impact on the lives of those who suffer from it.
While many with macular degeneration can function normally, those who are severely affected by the […]
Veterans disability claim denials are common, and can be caused by errors in the determination of benefits or lack of evidence. Many of these denials have a strong chance of appeal with appropriate documentation. Denials commonly happen for the following reasons:
Lack of medical evidence to support disability
Missing connection between service and symptoms
Condition pre-existed military service
Lack of Evidence
Lack of medical evidence to […]
When applying for Social Security disability benefits, administrators reviewing your claim will take multiple variables into consideration. One of those variables is called Substantial Gainful Activity. What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and how does it impact your Social Security disability benefits claim?
Substantial Gainful Activity – SGA
Substantial Gainful Activity is defined as any work that is performed for pay or […]
If you or a loved one is under the age of 65 and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the disease will likely be classified in the early-onset stage. Fortunately, Social Security recently added early-onset Alzheimer’s to the list of Compassionate Allowance conditions. This list of conditions qualifies for fast track processing of the person’s disability application.
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and […]
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). It is a time to raise awareness of the issues that affect Americans with disabilities and celebrate their many contributions to our workforce and our nation.
In the U.S., approximately 20% of adults have a disability. But, as this year’s theme for NDEAM points out, “My Disability Is One Part of Who I […]
There are many common myths about Social Security disability benefits. These misconceptions often leave those in need of benefits confused about what they qualify for and what to expect from the process.
Find out the truth behind these myths.
Myth: Everyone gets denied for disability benefits the first time.Fact: While many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits are denied the […]
Social Security disability recipients could face an automatic 19 percent reduction in benefits unless Congress acts quickly to replenish the system’s trust fund, according to the trustees that oversee both Social Security and Medicaid.
The trustees said the fund that provides these benefits is expected to run out of money by late 2016. When that happens, it will be up to […]
When evaluating a disability claim, the Social Security Administration will look at your ability to perform different types of work. For example, a claim may be denied because the applicant is found to be able to do “light work.” What does this mean?
The SSA classifies work by 4 different levels of exertion – sedentary, light, medium and heavy work.
Sedentary work […]
If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, one of the steps in the appeals process is requesting a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. During the hearing, the judge will ask certain questions of the SSDI applicant.
Before your scheduled hearing, you should prepare responses for the questions below. The questions can be extensive and require very […]