Five More Quick Tips For Success With Your Social Security Disability Claim
Here are five more quick tips to give you a better chance of success when filing for Social Security disability benefits: 1. Tell you doctor you are filing for disability benefits and you need him or her to help you out as much as possible. If you do so, you will likely receive one of two responses: (a) we do not get involved with Social Security disability cases, or (2) we will do what it takes to help you or your attorney win your case. If it is the second response, you hav
5 Quick Tips When Filing For Social Security Disability Benefits
Everyone who has ever filed for Social Security disability benefits has heard the adage that everyone is denied at least once before they are approved. How I wish this were true. In reality, there are many who are never approved for disability benefits and many times they could have done some very simple things to improve their chances of success. So, try these before filing: (1) Go to the doctor. Sounds simple, right? I cannot tell you how many people attempt to file f
Need To File For Social Security Disability? -Don't Continue To Put It Off
One of the issues many Social Security disability attorneys see over and over again is people who have waited too long to file for their disability benefits and are no longer insured. Here are some issues to consider if you've become disabled to the point of being unable to work: 1. Your SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits do not last forever after you have stopped working. In fact, they expire in just a few short years after your last day of employme
You Do Not Have To Be Bedridden In Order To Be Disabled
Many people believe they must be completely disabled in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. Sadly, they go for years in severe pain without realizing they may have a pretty good chance at winning their case. Case Study: I’ll give you a good example: A 58- year-old woman, Spanish speaking only, with issues of Fibromyalgia and severe back pain. She has a history of being a maid/housekeeper for the last 20 years and has a GED education. On the surface, it would
How Do I Know If I Am Disabled Enough To Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?
First and foremost, you do not have to be bedridden to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, here are some general rules to help you decide whether or not you should apply for disability: First, there are two ways in which the Social Security Administration will first look to see whether or not you can qualify for benefits. Social Security keeps a medical listing for almost all physical and mental impairments. If you can meet the definition of your c
My Doctor Says I am Disabled, Then Why Did Social Security Deny My Disability Claim?
Believe it or not, your doctor cannot make a determination that you are disabled. Disability is a legal determination reserved solely to the Social Security Administration. However, there are some things your doctor can do to help you better show to the Social Security Administration that you are incapable of working. First, your doctor can accurately describe your mental or physical conditions. Rather than stating you are "disabled" or unable to work, he or she can state tha
Am I Disabled?
This is a question many people ask themselves. They feel as though they are unable to work, so they should be considered disabled, right? Sadly, that is not how the process works. However, here are some guidelines to help you make your decision: First, are you currently working right now? The Social Security Administration has a rule that states if you are engaging in "substantial gainful activity," then you are not disabled. To make this very easy, if you are not blind and m
What To Expect At Your Social Security Disability Hearing
By the time a claimant has received two denials for disability benefits, he or she will have to decide whether or not an appeal should be made to the hearing level to have an Administrative Law Judge hear the case. This process alone can take up to a year before a decision whether or not to appeal is made. After an appeal is filed to the hearing level, the claimant needs to understand there is another period of waiting before his or her case will be heard. On the average, any
My Social Security Disability Claim Was Denied -Now What?
First, you must not believe the idea that all claims are denied the first time in order to dissuade people from continuing to seek disability benefits. In reality, a little over 20% of all claims filed are approved the first time. On the average the percentage increases to about 30% for those who appeal to the reconsideration level and on the average a little of 40% of all claims that are appealed to the hearing level are eventually approved. That being said, it probably do
The Problem With Filing Multiple Times For Social Security Disability Benefits
One of the things I continuously hear in regards to filing for Social Security disability is that, "you may have to file a couple of times in order to win your case." This is only partially correct and here's why: (1) If you file multiple times and stop each time you are denied and then attempt to file again after a few months, you create issues with your onset date. Your onset date is the date in which you state you became disabled. It determines when you are eligible fo