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SSDI: What Happens After the Trial Work Period?

Once a disability benefits recipient completes the nine-month trial work period, the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates the recipient’s earnings record to determine if he or she managed to sustain a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) in that period. In other words, the SSA determines whether the recipient made a gainful living during the trial work Read More

How to Fill Out Your Application for Disability Insurance Benefits

A person who is unable to work because of a disability can apply for disability benefits either online or by completing the SSA-16 paper form. Once the applicant has completed and submitted the form, the Social Security Administration (SSA) takes about three to four months to make a determination. The determination could, however, take much Read More

These Signs Indicate Your SSDI May Be Approved

Signs that indicate an applicant may be approved for SSDI include submitting adequate medical proof, demonstrating an inability to work, and having sufficient work credits. Working with a social security attorney may also increase the odds of the applicant qualifying for disability benefits. Submitting Adequate and Convincing Medical Proof A disability benefits claimant can improve Read More

Over 50 and Applying for SSDI? Special Rules May Apply

Special rules for workers above 50 years consider things like age, education level, work experience, transferable skills, and a variety of other relevant factors when determining whether a worker is eligible for disability benefits. Consequently, workers over 50 can often collect disability benefits even if they are still capable of performing some tasks. Understanding Special Read More

What Is an On the Record Disability Decision?

An on-the-record (OTR) decision is a positive determination made by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) before a disability hearing is held. The ALJ examines the medical information in an applicant’s file and rules that he or she is eligible for disability benefits based on the available medical evidence.  In simple terms, the ALJ resolves that Read More

Does Your Disability Impact Your Daily Activities

When a person applies for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may review how the person’s disabilities affect his or her daily activities. Before approving or rejecting the application, the SSA seeks to understand what the applicant can and cannot do on any specific day. The SSA may ask about daily activities when preparing Read More

Breast Cancer? You May Qualify for Disability

A person with breast cancer could qualify for disability benefits if he or she can’t engage in any gainful activity due to the disease or the treatment that he or she is undergoing. Disability benefits can provide financial support the patient needs to focus on his or her health. Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Breast Read More

Jobless Rate Soars for People with Disabilities

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that people with disabilities had a jobless rate of 12.6% in 2020, representing a 5.3 percentage points increase from 2019. The unemployment rate for persons with disabilities was significantly higher compared to the rate for people without a disability. Factors that Contribute to High Jobless Rate Read More

Obtaining Disability Benefits with Prader-Willi Syndrome

A child with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and his or her family may be entitled to receive disability benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With these benefits, the family can meet the cost related to bringing up a child with special needs. What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? The United States has two major types of Read More

How a Protective Filing Date May Impact Your Disability Benefits

A protective filing date (PFD) determines when a claimant can begin collecting disability benefits. This date affects the amount of back pay that a claimant can receive.  It also enables the claimant to lodge a disability claim or express the intention to do so within 17 months of the start of his or her disability. Read More