Social Security Disability

What Are SSDI Dire Need Requests?

Some Social Security disability applicants who need benefits right away may be able to significantly reduce long wait times by submitting a dire needs request. SSDI processing can take years in many cases. If an individual is out of work and incapable of going back to work because of a disability, this can result in Read More

Should I Hire a Disability Lawyer or an Advocate?

Hiring a Social Security disability lawyer to help with a claim generally makes more sense than hiring an advocate. Although non-attorney representatives and disability lawyers are entitled to the same fees for representing clients, attorneys have higher approval rates at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing level, can appeal claims to the federal district court Read More

Filing for SSDI in Illinois? Your Wait May Not Be as Long as You Think

Various factors may impact the processing time for Social Security Disability claims. Wait times often fluctuate depending on the current backlog in the claimant’s location, the approval rate at each hearings office, the average disposition time, and the type and severity of the disabled person’s condition. How Location Influences Wait Times Because some locations process Read More

When an SSDI Medical Consultant Gets It Wrong

When Social Security disability medical consultants make mistakes when determining whether an individual qualifies for benefits, people can go without medical care and income for years. With more than 720,000 people in line to have their cases heard, many claimants die before their ALJ hearings. Speeding Through Disability Claims Recently, a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation Read More

How Often Will the SSA Review My Disability Case?

The frequency of continuing disability reviews (CDRs) is based on a few factors, including the severity of the disability, the likelihood of the condition’s improvement, and in some cases, the applicant’s age. The Social Security Administration (SSA) never assumes that an applicant will be permanently disabled when approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Read More

5 Myths About Social Security Disability

There are several myths about SSDI that are in circulation. Recognizing the five most-common and why they are wrong can improve a claimant’s chances of obtaining benefits. 1. Initial Applications Will Always Be Denied Around 30 percent of first-time SSDI applications are approved. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies the majority of initial applications, Read More

What Is SGA?

Substantial gainful activity (SGA) is a term used by the Social Security Administration to describe a person’s ability to perform significant duties for pay or profit over a reasonable period of time. To be eligible to receive disability benefits, a person must be unable to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). If someone’s earned income exceeds Read More

10 Reasons Your SSDI Claim Got Denied

There are several reasons the Social Security Administration (SSA) may deny a social security disability (SSD) claim. 1. Not Enough Medical Evidence Oftentimes, SSD claims are denied because medical evidence is insufficient. Physician’s notes, records of continuous medical care, and test results are used to help claimants prove that their disability prevents them from working. Gaps Read More

Applying for Disability When Your Loved One Has Dementia

When a loved one with dementia is too sick to apply for disability on his or her own, a representative can handle the claims process on the disabled person’s behalf. Alzheimer’s Disease, including early-onset Alzheimer’s, can be a debilitating illness that may render the claimant too sick to apply for disability. There are two different Read More

What to Expect at Your ALJ Hearing

When people are denied Social Security disability benefits at the initial application and reconsideration levels, the next step in the appeals process is the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing. Understanding what to expect at the hearing can enable claimants better prepare, increasing their odds of winning benefits. Who Will Attend the ALJ Hearing? ALJ hearings Read More