Social Security Disability

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Can I Go Back to Work While Collecting Benefits?

Individuals who collect SSDI benefits can continue to collect these benefits even after they have returned to work. While SSDI benefits can provide long-term income to help disabled workers recover, the benefits are not guaranteed to be permanent and the individual may need to return following a review of their disability status. Because of this, […]

How Does The SSA Determine Whether Someone Is Disabled?

Disability applicants are required to pass through a five-step evaluation process that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to ascertain if applicants qualify as “disabled” and are entitled to disability income from the social security fund.The SSA is responsible for administering social security insurance income to people when they retire and disability benefits to people […]

New Rules for Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration has finalized multiple new rules that will impact the way claims are processed and covered. It is important for SSDI applicants to speak with a social security attorney in Chicago in order to understand how these rule changes may affect pending claims and future benefits. The “Five-Day” Rule This change to SSDI […]

Disability Settlements – Accept or Continue to Trial?

While pursuing disability benefits, a claimant may reach the point where a settlement offer is made in which he or she will receive a certain amount of benefits that is less than he or she believes is owed. The claimant will have to weigh the pros and cons of accepting the settlement. (Article continues below […]