Social Security Disability Help and Information
Getting social security disability benefits isn't easy. Whether you are just starting out in your application process, or you have already faced your first denial, the process takes time and energy. You are entitled to social security disability benefits if you are no longer able to work because of a disability, but proving this disability to the social security administration often takes perseverance. Many people get denied during their initial claim and have to file an appeal in order to get the benefits they deserve.
If you have applied for social security disability benefits and you need to file an appeal, working closely with an attorney to help you get all of the right paperwork in on time is essential. A lawyer experienced in social security disability law will help you get your claim and appeal done in a way that is acceptable to social security.
Former (and probably future) Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has recently introduced a bill optimistically entitled the Social Security Administration Fairness Act that proposes to touch on some of my chief areas concern that I have blogged about in the past where the agency often struggles to fulfill its mandate. What Would the Social Security Administration Fairness Act Do? First off, it would set the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) minimum funding number at 1.5 percent per beneficiary, which would be a substantial improvement over the current figure of 1.3 percent. According to Sen. Sanders, the agency’s funding has…Read More
Again, yes! Sort of. In a prior blog entry, I discussed what impact working may have on drawing Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB). To complement it, I thought I would today focus on what impact working may have on drawing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. To reiterate, there are two sorts of Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits that I handle in my practice: DIB and SSI. DIB monthly monetary dispersals are tied to what you have paid into the system while SSI benefits are needs based. This is a very important distinction as if an individual or couple have too…Read More
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives released a proposed FY 2109 budget that it believes will balance the budget in nine years. A Brighter Future The body boasts that if it is ultimately adopted “[b]y building on economic growth and addressing unsustainable government spending, this budget for fiscal year 2019 provides a responsible plan that will ensure A Brighter American Future.” (Its emphasis, not mine.) Well, who could argue with that? It claims that “[t]his budget reaches balance within nine years and produces a $26 billion surplus in 2027 and a $142 billion surplus in 2028.” Those kind of numbers…Read More
Yes! Sort of. How So? Just because you are drawing Social Security disability benefits doesn’t mean that you are completely unable to work. The devil is in the details though. The catch is that while you cannot work effectively full time, you can work part time as long as you do not make too much money. How much is too much you ask? Well, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has this concept called Substantial Gainful Activity it uses in Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) cases to determine if a recipient is making too much money to still be considered disabled. If…Read More
In several of my blog posts I have examined what symptomatology the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks for when reviewing medical records for the purposes of awarding disability benefits. In today’s blog post I’m going to talk about another common ailment that I see a lot of in my disability practice, Chronic Heart Failure (CHF), and how the SSA determines the severity of their impact on a claimant’s ability to perform their past or any other work. Chronic Heart Failure and Similar Ailments The CHF listing can be found tucked away in the SSA’s 4.00 Cardiovascular System – Adult listings…Read More
In several of my blog posts I have examined what symptomatology the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks for when reviewing medical records for the purposes of awarding disability benefits. In today’s blog post I’m going to talk about another common ailment category that I see a lot of in my disability practice, Chronic Respiratory Disorders, and how the SSA determines the severity of their impact on a claimant’s ability to perform their past or any other work. Chronic Respiratory Disorders and the SSA Chronic Respiratory Disorders can be found within the SSA’s 3.00 Respiratory Disorders – Adult listings section and…Read More
In a number of my blog posts I have examined what criteria the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks for when evaluating physical and emotional ailments for the purposes of awarding disability benefits. A simple diagnosis is never enough. Continuing that trend, I thought I would talk about another common ailment that I see a lot of these days with my clients, Depression, and how the SSA determines the severity of its impact on a claimant’s ability to work. In my February 6, 2018 blog post I profiled the SSA’s Anxiety listing, and while oftentimes individuals suffering from both ailments have…Read More
The vast majority of my Social Security disability clients are those whose initial application for benefits have been denied and are ready to appeal the agency’s unfavorable decision. This takes the form of a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge. Today I thought I’d post a bit about the latest data available on SSA disability hearings in Alabama. Average Waiting Times So if you are among the unfortunate claimants who are not approved right off the bat, on appeal what is the average waiting times these days for a hearing? For the Fiscal YTD Ending: 01/26/2018 (which is SSA…Read More
In several of my blog posts I have touched on particular ailments and how they are addressed in Social Security (SSA) disability claims. Continuing that trend, I thought I would talk about another common ailment in this blog, Anxiety, and how the SSA determines its impact on an individual when evaluating the merits of their disability claim. What Is Anxiety? The general symptomatology associated with Anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways. Emotionally, some symptoms may include excessive worrying, not being able to relax, not getting enough sleep and irritability, among others. It can affect a person physically as…Read More
I have seen a number of variations of what I broadly refer to as “seizure disorders” over the years of my SSA disability practice. Whether emanating from some malformation in the brain, a traumatic brain injury or epilepsy, etc., these ailments can have a devastating effect on a person’s employability through no fault of their own. Potential employers tend to shy away from these individuals, fearing potential liability issues or just plain ignorance of their condition, among other reasons. Most people, if properly treated, can manage these ailments and lead productive lives if they are given an opportunity to do…Read More