Need to file for Social Security disability? Are you unable to work full-time any longer due to a mental or physical limitation or condition?
Think about these 10 things before applying:
1. Consider your age.
By and far, the Social Security disability system favors those over the age of 50. The younger you are, the more likely the Social Security Administration may believe there are other jobs you are capable of performing despite your limitations. The older you are, th
I understand how heart-breaking a denial can be. First, it is likely you have been working hard on your case for the last two years, and your condition has likely not improved. Second, your finances were spent after the first three months of not working and you're tired of getting handouts from friends and family. Heck, you may have lost some friends along the way and family members won't even pick up the phone when you call anymore.
To say the least, life doesn't feel all
If any of you have ever been to a Social Security disability hearing, the first time you realize there will be some other person testifying is when you receive notice that your hearing has been scheduled.
You may not even know or understand what role a Vocational Expert (VE) may play in helping the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) decide whether or not you are disabled; but nonetheless, he or she will be present to give testimony as to what jobs would be available in the nati
Not all denials are because the Social Security Administration feels you are capable of working despite your physical or mental limitations. In fact, your case can be denied for a number of reasons besides for medical reasons.
The trick is to understand how to fix the denial/problem if it should happen to you.
First, let's talk about some of the denials that may occur before your case ever actually leaves your local Social Security office.
Every case starts out the exac
For the most part, the Vocational Expert (VE) at your disability hearing understands what jobs would be available in the national economy despite your physical limitations. However, sometimes if you look closely enough at what jobs the VE states you are capable of performing or the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) concludes you can perform despite your limitations, may not be all that accurate.
If you have been denied at your disability hearing, look closely at what jobs the
This is probably the second hardest question to answer for yourself, besides coming to the conclusion you are not able to work due to either a physical or mental impairment or a combination of both.
To answer this question, let's ask another one:
What can an attorney do for me that I can't do for myself when filing for Social Security disability?
Well, it depends on where you are in your claim for benefits. If you are using an attorney to initially file for disability,
Many people assume if they believe they are blind, they will receive more in Social Security disability benefits. However, this is not correct. What is important here, is that you understand you can earn more dollars every month and still be considered to be disabled. As of 2016, a legally blind person is allowed to earn a gross amount of $1,820.00 per month instead of a nonblind person, which is allowed to earn a gross amount of $1,130.00. For many people, this difference c