Category Archives: SSDI General Information

Why Do Some States Have Higher Rates of Disability Than Others?

Different states have varying numbers of disability beneficiaries, with the highest percentages occurring in southern, rural states like Kentucky and Alabama.  So, why would this be?  The data from the Social Security Administration offers an explanation.

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Social Security Funding and Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts:  How Do They Impact Disability Applicants and Recipients?

In my last blog, I mentioned that the rate of Americans receiving disability has leveled off in the past few years after a period of steady growth since the late 90’s.  But even though growth has slowed and politicians and lawmakers are working to address the situation, the Social Security system as a whole will still face a funding gap in the future.  Here is what you should know.

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Why is Social Security Disability Enrollment Rising? 3 Misconceptions vs. The Facts

The state of the economy is a hot topic in the news and in casual conversation.  During these discussions, the related topic of disability inevitably comes up.  Unfortunately, there are a few misconceptions that many people unwittingly spread when talking about disability and the economy.  Here are some reports from the Social Security Administration that shed some light on the truth.

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The Top Ten Questions People Ask When They Call My Law Office For Help With Social Security Disability Claims

As 2018 gets underway, I thought it would be useful to review and answer the top ten questions people ask when they call my office.  Here are the most common questions people have on their minds!

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SSI Recipients:  Take Advantage of Telephone and Mobile Wage Reporting Services

Supplemental Security Income recipients are required to report their income each month.  However, in my experience as a Social Security Disability lawyer, it is not uncommon for people to report earnings only to find that the field office doesn’t show that they did.  A more reliable system is to report income through your telephone or mobile device.  Here’s how you can take advantage of these services.

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Are You Prepared for Disaster?  Brush up on the Different Categories of Social Security Survivor Benefits

As hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Jose and Maria take their toll on millions of people in the United States and Puerto Rico, many people consider this a wake-up call to think about how to protect their families in the wake of natural disaster or national crisis.  The Social Security Administration awards and manages survivor’s benefits when a wage-earner dies.

Here is a quick overview of five different types of family benefits covered by Social Security’s Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program:

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Good news if you filed your Social Security disability claim after March 27, 2017–opinions from your PA or NP could help you win your claim.

Claimants who applied for Social Security Disability benefits after March 27, 2017 will have their medical evidence evaluated according to new rules established by the Social Security Administration.  These new rules may improve the likelihood that disability claimants in Southern Illinois are approved for benefits.

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Social Security Disability:  Should I ask for a live hearing or consent to a video hearing?

“I have a Social Security Disability claim hearing coming up.  Should I have a live hearing or a video hearing?”

According to the Social Security Administration, video hearings increase efficiency.  This is very important because the backlog of claims is growing.

There are several advantages to having a live hearing that you should consider.  It could mean the difference between receiving disability insurance benefits or not.

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How Do I Get a Copy of My Social Security Disability File From the SSA?

If you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits and your claim has been denied, you might want to review the evidence in your Social Security Disability claim file or take your file to an attorney representative for review.  Here are some tips:

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Why Are The Rules Different for Disability Claimants Over 50?

The drafters of the Social Security laws and regulations had common sense.  They knew that an older (over 50) coal miner or laborer will probably not switch to a job as a typist if illness or injury physically prevents doing his or her past job.  That is why they drafted the Medical-Vocational Guidelines, also known as 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 2, or “the Grids” for short.

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