When a stranger calls you and offers to help you with your Social Security Disability Application, you should be skeptical, very skeptical.
The Federal Trade Commission Division of Consumer and Business Education issued a warning on April 22, 2016, regarding a recent scam alert from the Social Security Inspector General.
The scam goes like this:
You receive a phone call from a person who...
This final post addresses a simple concept that surprises many claimants:
Claims are often denied because the claimant does not have sufficient evidence to prove his or her impairment.
If everyone who said they could not work because of illness or injury received Social Security Disability benefits, an enormous percentage of the population would file a claim and the system would...
Claims are frequently denied because the claimant’s allegations of pain are not properly evaluated.
Judges must follow a certain process when evaluating whether a claimant’s pain interferes with work:
Determine whether there is an underlying physical or mental impairment that can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques that could...
Claims are frequently denied because the judge determines that the claimant’s impairment is “not severe”.
Assessment of severity of an impairment is Step 2 in the 5-Step Sequential Evaluation.
Here is a diagram that illustrates the 5-Step Sequential Evaluation:
*This is contained in teaching materials prepared by the Social Security Administration.
The Social Security Administration has its...
The #1 way that a claim gets denied when it could be approved is:
The claimant’s residual functional capacity (RFC) gets overestimated.
How much can you still do despite your illness or injury?
That is the most critical issue in every Social Security Disability Insurance claim.
The Agency has a name for this–residual functional capacity, or “RFC” for short. The decision at every level...
National my Social Security week is April 4 – 13, 2016. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with information, tools and resources to meet their customers’ changing needs and lifestyles. This week, celebrate their new service my Social Security by creating a free account!
Why should I create a my Social Security account?
Creating an account gives you...
With March Madness in the air, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the odds of winning a Social Security Disability Insurance claim.
Here is the 2015 version of a chart published each year by the government that shows how many cases were approved, denied or dismissed at each level of the administrative process in 2015.
This is commonly referred to as the “Waterfall” chart.
If you’re thinking about applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, you probably have a lot of questions. So, here are answers to five frequently asked questions about the application process from a Southern Illinois Disability attorney.
1. What are the requirements to be able to get Social Security disability benefits?
To qualify for benefits, you must have worked long enough...
Starting a Social Security Disability Insurance Claim or a Supplemental Security Income claim is a bit like getting on a ride at an amusement park. It goes through dark tunnels, then through bright spaces, then through dark areas again. You know you’re on the ride, but you don’t know what is coming up around the next bend.
Here are some questions my staff and I hear frequently in my practice...