Social Security Disability

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

Financial Resources for Disability Applicants

Temporary disability benefits, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), utility payment assistance, and emergency rent are some of the financial programs available for disability applicants. These programs offer financial support to people with disabilities as they wait for a verdict on their disability benefits application. A person may continue getting additional assistance from some of Read More

Will Workers’ Compensation Impact Your Disability Claim?

Collecting Workers’ Compensation doesn’t make disabled workers ineligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), nor does it hurt their chances of having their disability claim approved. The only way receiving Workers’ compensation impacts SSDI is that the full income workers collect from the two entities cannot exceed 80% of their previous income. The Offset Regulation A Read More

Ruling Out the Jobs Proposed by the SSA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for distributing payments for people with long-term disabilities who cannot work. However, the SSA can also revoke an application for long-term disability if it believes that the injured person can work in another capacity or job. If the SSA proposes alternate jobs a client feels he or she can’t Read More

How Your Criminal History May Impact Your SSDI Claim

In some instances, having a criminal history could impact a claimant’s or recipient’s eligibility to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The SSA may need more information about the applicant’s current situation to make a determination. If the claim is denied, the individual could discuss his or her options with a disability lawyer to determine if Read More

Getting Disability for Agoraphobia

Individuals who suffer from agoraphobia may qualify for Social Security disability if the condition affects their ability to function in normal activities, including work. This condition is a mental impairment that falls under anxiety disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). What Is Agoraphobia? Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder Read More

What Is a Video Disability Hearing?

Backlogs in the courts could delay a disability hearing for months. A video disability hearing can help a claimant get through the process of getting approved for Social Security Disability sooner. However, there may be circumstances that make a traditional in-person hearing ideal. What Is a Video Disability Hearing? The Social Security Administration (SSA), like other government agencies, Read More

A Letter from Your Doctor Can Help Support Your Disability Claim

An application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit requires supporting documentation, including formal medical records. However, a letter of support from the applicant’s physician explaining the medical condition and how it prevents maintaining gainful employment carries more weight than a letter that merely states that the person has a disability. What Should Be Included in a Doctor’s Letter Read More

Your Age May Impact Your Chances of Getting Approved for Disability

The Social Security Administration’s age categories put younger adults at a disadvantage when being awarded disability benefits. Older adults have a better chance of getting approved for disability. However, the SSA also considers Residual Functional Capacity and previous work history. SSA Considers Age a Vocational Factor The SSA increasingly lowers the bar for qualifying for Read More

Top Causes of Long Term Disability

Depending on the benefits provided by an employer, an injured or ill employee might receive between 30 days to up to a year of short term disability benefits. However, if the employee is unable to return to work because of their disability and does not have a long-term disability insurance policy, they will need to Read More