Should I Hire an Attorney for my Social Security Disability Case?
Yes...and...No. Hire an experienced Social Security disability attorney if you just started your claim and you are not usually an organized person. If you procrastinate completing tasks, or you are intimidated by the process, then an attorney may be necessary. But remember, an attorney at the beginning of the process can do little more than help you complete reports, birddog medical records, and basically stand in line with you. If you are looking for some amount of magic pix
What are Transferable Work Skills and why are they so important in my Social Security disability cas
When determining whether a person is disabled, a look-back at the last 15 years is oftentimes important. First, there may be a determination that a person may be able to return to a past job even with his or her impairments. Second, for claimants over the age of 50, those past jobs may provide transferable work skills to use at some other type of work even if the person is unable to return to that past particular job. Huh? Ok, let's start off with this: At every job a person
If I Work Will I Hurt My Social Security Disability Case?
A very good question actually. And, just like any other area of the law, the answer is: "It depends." The following is just my opinion, but it is an opinion based on observations I have made, especially when representing claimants in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). It really depends up your age, again in my opinion. And, here's why: First, understand the limits of when you do work and claim to be disabled. Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) is the upper limit of i
What Amount of Time Should I Expect After Filing Social Security Disability?
Hurry up and wait is a phrase we have all heard before. But in reality, when filing for Social Security disability, it is usually more the wait than it is the hurry. So that you better understand what is going on behind the scenes after you file, here is a general timeline to help: 1. File for Social Security disability online. It's the fastest and most reliable way in which to file a claim with the Administration. This will likely only take you about an hour to do so rather
Do You Have Enough Work Credits to Qualify for Social Security Disability?
When you file for Social Security disability, you need to ask yourself a question: Do I have enough work credits? If you know you do, then keep on going forward with your Social Security disability claim. If you think you may not, then you are going to have to make an extra step in the disability process. And, this step could be critical to you moving forward. As we all work, we pay into the Social Security system. We earn work credits every three months we work, and these cr
Facing the Reality of the Social Security Disability System
Like any other federal agency, there are supposed to be rules in place which give little room for wide variations in interpretation, keeping the majority of decisions uniform. However, one only needs to dip his or her little toe into the disability pool, to know the above statement is completely false. In fact, the reality is, that depending upon who is the decision maker for any case for disability benefits, can make a difference between approval and denial. If the statement
Sometimes a back injury alone just isn't enough
I know, your back hurts to the point where you just can't find a comfortable spot. You eat Flexeril like Skittles, and nothing seems to work. It hurts so bad, you can't even concentrate on any task at hand. You've tried to work, but the pain interferes with your ability to keep up with the other employees, and you even have the medical records to support your allegations. That should be enough to at least get on Social Security for a year or two, get some medical treatment, a