Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?

How do I know if I qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI)? Are you working now, or have you worked full-time in the last 5 years? You may be eligible if you are working less than 20 hours a week due to your disability. If you are not able to work full time and earn more than approximately $1,200 a month this is below the standard for substantial gainful activity or SGA. You may continue to work while applying for and collecting disability as long as you do not exceed SGA. The standard for substantial gainful activity changes yearly, so be sure to keep up with the monthly

Assistance for Dependent Children of Disabled Individuals

Assistance for Dependent Children of Disabled Individuals

Becoming disabled is particularly distressing for those individuals who had previously served as the sole breadwinner for their family. Such individuals often have a flurry of thoughts running through their minds, such as “How will I provide for myself?  My family?  My children?” Social Security disability can help.  For those who qualify, it can provide financial assistance for the disabled person and their family and dependents.

What Is A Consultative Examination For Social Security Disability?

What Is A Consultative Examination For Social Security Disability?

A consultative examination, often referred to as CE for short, is an additional medical examination ordered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It is conducted by a licensed medical professional at no cost to the claimant. The medical professionals who conduct consultative examinations are independently contracted with the SSA to perform these exams, and they are required to provide a non-biased opinion based off the medical evidence available. The ultimate purpose of a consultative examination is to provide the SSA with an opinion of the claimant’s various disability limitations

Common Mistakes To Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Common Mistakes To Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Social Security disability hearings are unique judicial proceedings. The hearings are non-adversarial and lack many of the legal formalities one would typically expect to encounter. Generally, the hearings are very brief and informal. The hearing will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge who handles only Social Security cases, and their dockets can be very full at times. As these hearings are brief, it is important to make every second count.

How does the Social Security Administration define "disabled?"

How does the Social Security Administration define

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine that an individual is disabled if they have a long-term disability that prevents them from working in any capacity. An individual is disabled if they cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity (commonly referred to as SGA) because of their mental or physical medical condition.

How the Treasury Offset Program Affects SSDI Payments

How the Treasury Offset Program Affects SSDI Payments

Imagine this: you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. After a long waiting period, you finally receive a favorable decision on your claim. You are excited and eager to receive the much-needed income, but then discover the monthly amount is less than you expected. Why?!?!?

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Each year, millions of individuals file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and other types of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, statistics reveal that only 30 percent of these claims are accepted. There are many reasons why the Social Security Administration Administration (SSA) denies an individual’s claims, but some of the most common reasons for these denials include the following elements. For individuals who wish to appeal a decision by the SSA, it is often important to understand the basis for these denials as well as to retain

Do I need a Mental Consultative Examination for SSDI Benefits?

Do I need a Mental Consultative Examination for SSDI Benefits?

Some individuals who seek to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are required by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to participate in a Mental Consultative Examination to provide the evidence necessary for the Administration’s decision about the individual’s potential disability. As a result, individuals frequently find it essential to obtain the assistance an experienced disability attorney to navigate these examinations, which can play a vital role in the disability process.

Social Security Disability Insurance Taxation

Social Security Disability Insurance Taxation

One of the most common questions that individuals have about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is what tax rules apply when a recipient receives SSDI income. In some situations, recipients of SSDI benefits are taxed on at least a portion of these benefits. SSDI recipients often find that a knowledgeable disability benefits' attorney may help with SSDI taxation and determine what amount must be paid in taxes.

Representative Payees and Social Security Disability Insurance

Representative Payees and Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can prove to be vital to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. Many recipients of SSDI benefits, however, are not able to manage their finances alone. When an SSDI recipient needs assistance in making financial decisions, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is known to appoint representative payees (which is sometimes referred to as an RP) to receive the person’s SSDI benefits and make sure that the individual’s basic needs are met. There are different ways a representative payee may be assigned including appointment by a

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