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
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.
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.
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?!?!?
The national average wait time hit an all-time high in 2017, ringing in at 19.5 months on average. This is how long an individual had to wait for their social security hearing. Sadly, this trend does not seem to be improving as President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2019 Social Security Administration (SSA) budget would cut staffing. The reduction in staff is projected to create even longer waiting periods as the amount of applications submitted each year increases and the system simply cannot handle the volume. In general, the process of applying and receiving social security benefits is not
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for those individuals with low income and low assets. In order to be eligible for SSI benefits, a single individual cannot possess more than $2,000 in assets. Individuals who exceed the $2,000 limit are ineligible for benefits under SSI and should consider filing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes very seriously its responsibility to reduce instances of improper payments. The SSA will deem payment improper if any payment results from an individual’s failure to report an event, an individual’s intentional false reporting of an event, or an individual’s failure to act on available information affecting the payment. Basically, if you fail to inform or update the SSA with pertinent information about your earnings, the SSA may deem any payment based off the inaccurate earning information as improper. You may be responsible for paying back
The ability to submit all your medical records is vital to your Social Security Claim. A lack of evidence proving your medical condition is one of the fastest ways for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to deny your claim for benefits. It is vital that you have every piece of evidence submitted to them for review. This blog addresses why it is so important to have your complete medical history documented and what to do if you are unable to access certain medical records.