Social Security Disability

Coronavirus May Wipe Out SSD COLA

Among many other ways the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the economy, it’s possible that the virus could wipe out Social Security beneficiaries’ checks next year. Social Security Disability (SSD) recipients typically anticipate a potential benefit every year that is referred to as a cost of living adjustment (COLA). However, the increase is based on inflation, Read More

Inability to Speak English No Longer Factor in Determining Disability Benefits

As of April 27, the government no longer takes the inability to speak English into account when making a decision around social security disability benefits.  The change revises a policy that had been in place since 1978 requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to consider a person’s inability to speak English when determining whether a Read More

Does Your Child Qualify for Disability?

If children are limited in their ability to function because of a disability, they may qualify for Social Security Income (SSI) disability benefits if they meet certain age, financial, medical, and other Social Security Administration (SSA) requirements.  The following are some of the requirements that are in place for children to receive SSI benefits. Age A child Read More

How Covid-19 May Impact Your Disability Case

The Covid-19 outbreak could impact a Social Security Disability through certain delays, the use of over-the-phone hearings, and office closures. Individuals may be concerned about the effects the pandemic will have on their cases, but despite delays, many operations will resume and certain aspects such as stimulus payments will be unaffected. The following are some Read More

How Does Your Disability Impact Your ADL?

During the application process for Social Security disability, it’s important to inform Social Security of “activities of daily living” (ADLs) in addition to prior work activities, as disability could have an impact on them. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask about ADLs as part of a continuing disability report, adult disability report, or an adult Read More

How SSA’s Outdated List of Jobs Could Impact Your Disability Claim

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a list of jobs to help determine who can receive benefits, but this list is outdated and often leads to denials for individuals who can work at sit-down jobs. When applying for Social Security disability benefits, many applicants find that their application is denied despite their inability to return Read More

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

Glossary of Terms Used in Disability Cases

When applying for Social Security disability, the process can be difficult to follow, especially with the number of terms that applicants are likely to come across at some point. The following brief glossary of terms used in disability cases can give applicants a better understanding of some of the elements involved. Substantial Gainful Activity To Read More

Timeline for a Disability Claim

The social security disability claims process can be a challenge to get through in many cases, and determining the timeline is also often difficult. While the steps taken to apply for both Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are essentially identical, the specific steps that individuals need to take will vary from Read More