August 25

Things to Know Before Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Planning and preparation are important in many things. They are especially needed in applying for Social Security Disability and waiting for your Social Security Disability hearing. Being awarded social security disability benefits is not easy. A great majority of applications are denied on the first application and still a greater number is denied after the.

February 11

What You Need to Report to Social Security

Fighting for Social Security Disability benefits can be a battle. Even after you win the battle and receive SSD benefits, your job is not done. A Social Security Disability recipient is still required to keep Social Security updated on things that may affect their entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits. Here are just a few.

January 28

Decreasing The Wait For A Social Security Disability Hearing

Right now, the national hearing processing time for a Social Security disability hearing is 505 days (almost 17 months). This means those needing social security disability benefits to survive must wait an average of 17 months before a decision on their application to be made. This can quite stressful on the applicant and his or.

October 19

Any Cost-of-Living Adjustment for SSD Next Year?

Someone on Social Security Disability (or receiving other forms of Social Security benefits) fully understands what a COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) is and often relies on it each year. Unfortunately, for the upcoming year, there will be increase in benefits as the Social Security Administration recently published that there would be no cost-of-living adjustments increase in.

March 10

Is It Hard to Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

It is hard to get Social Security Disability benefits despite the attack in Monday’s Wall Street Journal. An opinion piece wrote “a system designed to serve society’s vulnerable has morphed into a benefit bonanza that costs taxpayers billions of dollars more than it should.” The author couldn’t be more wrong and the Los Angeles Times tells.

October 17

The Appeals Process for Social Security Disability

My legal assistant, Jessica Thomas‘ last article talked about the Social Security Disability Application Process. In this article, she educates us on the appeal process an applicant must go through after being denied Social Security Disability benefits. This is what she says: The Social Security Administration denies a remarkable average of 65% of the initial.

October 7

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a lengthy process. Whether you decide to apply online, in person or by telephone is completely up to you. Applying in person does have several advantages. For example, having the ability to ask questions about anything you do not understand, including questions or information requested on the.

September 29

The Difference Between Social Security Income and Social Security Disability

Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) are both confusing to determine whether someone qualifies for one or the other. This question seems to be one of the most common questions amongst Social Security applicants. Although they may appear to be very similar, they both have exceptionally different eligibility.

July 21

Social Security Disability – Know the Facts Before Bad-Mouthing It

Social Security Disability has been under attack lately in the media. Stories of judges approving too many disability applications, SSD fraud and other similar stories ignore the daily struggles a person must endure to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. Recently, the Social Security Administration recently launched a national communications campaign, The Faces and Facts of.

April 10

Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Now that we added a Social Security Disability division to our law practice, I am often asked something like this: “I have [add any condition or disease here], am I eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?” As with any question posed to a lawyer, the answer is not a simply No or Yes. Most.

November 5

Social Security Disability Checks Will Increase in 2014

The Social Security Administration recently announced that monthly Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014. The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin for SSD recipients in January 2014. According to, the latest adjustment will add about $19 to monthly.

June 29

Are Social Security Disability Judges Awarding Too Often?

Some Social Security Disability judges told Congress that they feel that they are being pushed to award Social Security Disability benefits to people who may not deserve them. According to the Washington Post, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating why many judges have high approval rates for claims already rejected twice by.

April 11

Does He Have Any Clue What Really Happens?

TIME Magazine’s political columnist, Joe Klein recently wrote what I consider an offensive article – Reform Social Security Disability – about those who fight for and deserve Social Security Disability benefits. In his article, Klein claims that a “great many” are scamming social security disability for benefits they don’t deserve. Sure, he tries to cushion.

March 21

New Social Security Disability Policy Interpretation Ruling on Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have been difficult to obtain if the Claimant was battling a drug or alcohol addiction. As of March 22, 2013, Social Security Disability judges have a clarified “drug addiction and alcohol” (DAA) Social Security ruling to follow. The new Social Security Ruling (SSR) states that the key factor judges should.

January 25

Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits For Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be disabling, but the Social Security Administration does not always appreciate the impact of the condition when deciding whether or not to award Social Security Disability benefits. There is no specific Social Security Disability “listing” for fibromyalgia. However, approximately six months ago, Social Security issued a ruling instructing claims examiners and judges to.

December 11

Social Security Disability Adds 35 Conditions to Compassionate Allowances

Fighting for Social Security Disability benefits can be exhausting especially when fighting a horrible condition or disorder. Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) made it a bit easier for 35 conditions by adding these 35 conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to.

November 30

Social Security Disability Claim – How Long Does It Take?

The Social Security Disability process has improved some over the years, but there is more to do to reduce the hearing backlog according to the Fiscal Year 2012 Inspector General Statement on the Social Security Administration’s Major Management and Performance Challenges. According to the report, at the end of September 2012, the backlog of Social.

September 26

Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Are Being Scammed

Social Security benefits are being stolen through a new scam where identity thieves are fraudulently rerouting Social Security benefits to their own bank accounts and prepaid debit cards. How do they do it? Identity thieves get their hands on the personal information they need, like a full name and bank account number. Then they contact.

July 26

The Rising Number of Social Security Disability Recipients

The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability benefits hit a record in July. According to the Social Security Administration, over 8.7 million Americans received SSD payments in July. While some would like to politicize this, as an attorney who sees the struggles those needing Social Security Disability benefits go through in order to get.