What Evidence Does the SSA Need to Make a Disability Determination?

What Evidence Does the SSA Need to Make a Disability Determination?

Claimants must submit sufficient evidence that demonstrates their impairment and the severity of their condition when applying for disability through the Social Security Administration. Medical records, a personal statement, a completed questionnaire about their ability or inability to perform daily living activities, and information about their vocational history are all needed to establish the existence of a medically determinable impairment. Complete, accurate, and timely information can help accelerate the processing of SSI or SSDI claims.

Medical Records

Medical records are an integral ...

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How to Restore Disability Benefits

How to Restore Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries who stopped receiving benefits may have them restored through expedited reinstatement. The Social Security Administration may stop people’s benefits for any number of reasons, including improved medical condition or earnings above the substantial gainful activity limit. When benefits are terminated under certain conditions, however, and claimants find themselves in need of SSDI or SSI assistance, Expedited Reinstatement (EXR) may provide temporary benefits while the SSA determines eligibility.

What is Expedited Reinstatement?

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What Types of Income Impact My Disability Claim?

What Types of Income Impact My Disability Claim?

Some types of income and benefits may affect Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims. People who cannot work as a result of a long-term or permanent disabling medical condition may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration’s disability programs. However, their financial circumstances and some benefits they already receive may impede their ability to receive SSDI or SSI payments.

How Public and Government Benefits Impact SSDI

People who receive some types of public or government benefits may have ...

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SSDI Backlog: 5 Ways to Move Ahead

SSDI Backlog: 5 Ways to Move Ahead

The current SSDI backlog consists of approximately 800,000 disability cases. Claimants wait an average of 538 days for their disability hearings. Through the Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowances programs, and by requesting an on-the-record decision, submitting thorough records and organizing the documentation for submission, SSDI applicants may be able to reduce the processing time for their claims.

1. Quick Disability Determinations

The Social Security Administration uses Quick Disability Determinations (QDD) to identify applications that are likely to receive favorable disability ...

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SSDI Benefits: How Much Will You Receive?

SSDI Benefits: How Much Will You Receive?

Social Security Disability Insurance awards paid by the Social Security Administration are based on applicant’s ages and earnings history. The amount of money people who qualify for SSDI receive every month is unique to each recipient. Knowing how much they will receive may help those out of work due to disabling medical conditions plan for the future and aid in providing for them and their families.

 Calculating SSDI Benefit Amounts

The SSA uses a complex formula to determine SSDI awards. The ...

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Getting SSDI Benefits After a Car Accident

Getting SSDI Benefits After a Car Accident

Those injured in motor vehicle accidents may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Car crashes can leave people with serious physical and mental injuries. While some heal with treatment and time, others have lasting effects that may keep people out of work for extended periods or permanently.

Qualifying for SSD Benefits with Car Crash Injuries

To draw SSDI benefits for car accident-related injuries, people’s medical conditions must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The medical criteria for conditions ...

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How Social Media Can Jeopardize Your SSDI Claim

How Social Media Can Jeopardize Your SSDI Claim

The Social Security Administration is considering using applicants’ social media accounts when evaluating disability benefit applications. Whether to stay in touch with family or friends, for personal or professional networking purposes or to connect with like-minded people around the world, many people share aspects of their lives via platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Sharing certain information, however, may jeopardize an SSDI claim.

Screening Applicants’ Social Media Accounts

The fiscal year 2020 budget overview from the SSA proposes the continued evaluation of ...

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4 Factors That Could Cause Your Disability Benefits to End

4 Factors That Could Cause Your Disability Benefits to End

Factors, including returning to work, medical improvement, reaching retirement age, and criminal convictions or institutionalization may result in the termination of people’s Social Security Disability benefits. As of December 2016, more than 10.1 million people across the U.S. received SSDI benefits. People who are unable to work due to serious health issues often rely on these funds to provide for their basic needs. Therefore, it is essential that benefit recipients understand the issues that could cause a termination of their ...

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How the SSA Evaluates Pain in Disability Cases

How the SSA Evaluates Pain in Disability Cases

The Social Security Administration currently uses a two-pronged process to evaluate chronic pain when making disability determinations. It involves identifying if claimants’ have medically determinable impairments and assessing the limitations resulting from claimants’ pain. While chronic pain is subjective is not easily quantified through diagnostic testing, it can profoundly affect people’s quality of life. Suffering from debilitating pain alone may not qualify people for SSDI benefits but this symptom complaint may factor into their level of impairment.

Identifying a Medically Determinable ...

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Getting SSDI if You’re Self-Employed

Getting SSDI if You’re Self-Employed

People who are self-employed may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The Social Security Administration bases benefit determinations for self-employed workers on their medical impairments and whether their disabilities prevent them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. For the self-employed, this may create challenges, as their efforts to own and operate their businesses may impede their eligibility for SSDI benefits.

Determining Substantial Gainful Activity

To receive SSDI benefits, the work of self-employed applicants cannot qualify as a substantial ...

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