SSDI Benefits: Here’s How to Win

SSDI Benefits: Here’s How to Win

There is no surefire way to guarantee an application for SSDI will be approved, but submitting substantial medical evidence, giving honest, accurate answers, and working with Social Security Disability lawyers and advocates can increase a claimant’s chances of winning benefits.

Thoroughness and Accuracy Are Key to Winning SSDI Benefits

When applying for SSDI benefits, accurately completing all the necessary paperwork in its entirety is essential. Claimants must submit an application and medical forms, as well as extensive supporting documentation. Doing ...

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Are You Ready for Your Disability Hearing?

Are You Ready for Your Disability Hearing?

When claimants have been denied Social Security Disability benefits at the reconsideration level and proceed to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing, preparation os key. Since so much is riding on the ALJ decision, it’s vital for claimants to review their case files and gather updated medical records, expert statements, and additional evidence that may help sway the judge.

What Happens at a Disability Hearing?

The disability hearing is an informal proceeding before an administrative law judge to determine the validity of ...

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How Will Your Job History Impact Your Disability Claim?

How Will Your Job History Impact Your Disability Claim?

A disabled person’s work history plays a significant role in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, determining the programs that are available to applicants, and the amount of pay the claimant receives. The types of jobs the claimant held in the past, the skills and abilities needed to perform the work, how long the person worked, and the wages earned (and taxes paid) will all be considered by the SSA.

Assessing a Disability Claimant’s Ability to Work

To decide whether applicants are able ...

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Disability Claim Denied? Don’t Panic

Disability Claim Denied? Don’t Panic

Applicants whose Social Security Disability claims are denied may continue to seek benefits through the appeals process. People who suffer from a long-term or permanent disability that prevents them from working often rely on SSDI benefits to help them make ends meet. Unfortunately, about 70% of initial applications are denied. Although appealing at the ALJ level gives applicants the best chance of winning SSDI benefits, many people give up hope. Only about 50% of denied applicants go on to appeal.

Appealing ...

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What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are two separate benefit programs . While both programs provide financial assistance to blind or disabled persons, the eligibility guidelines are very different. Understanding how these programs differ is vital to helping people seek the appropriate benefits, as well as increasing their chances for approval.

What Is Supplemental Security Income?

SSI is a federal supplemental income program for disabled adults and children. Designed to aid those with little or no income, ...

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Filing for Disability: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Filing for Disability: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Making mistakes when filing for Social Security Disability can result in benefit denials. More than 70% of claims get rejected during the initial application stage. Many of these denials happen because of mistakes made during the application process. When disability claims are denied, applicants must reapply or file appeals. Often times, hiring a social security lawyer to make the initial claim will avoid these problems. Currently, over 800,000 people are awaiting decisions on their appeals.

Why are Disability Claims Denied?

First-time application ...

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How To Increase Your Chances Getting Approved For Disability Benefits

How To Increase Your Chances Getting Approved For Disability Benefits
List All the Conditions That Contribute To Your Disability

There are several things you can do to help improve your chances for receiving a Social Security Disability approval. First, be sure to list all  the medical problems that you have, regardless of how severe they are or when they began. It can be easy to forget limitations that we’ve had for a long time, because we’ve learned to live with them. You can include preexisting injuries and conditions if they  also ...

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What Is Social Security Disability

If you are disabled as a result of injuries, illnesses, or a combination of both, you may qualify for social security disability benefits. There are basically two types of Social Security disability: “SSI” (Supplemental Security Income) benefits and “SSDI” (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits.

SSI benefits are made available to disabled individuals who can meet certain non-medical requirements involving financial and income issues. SSI is available only to people with very limited income and resources, regardless of their disability. For example, ...

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