Category Archives: Social Security Disability
Does a Criminal Record or Incarceration Affect Eligibility to Recover Social Security Disability Benefits?
When we think of who is eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits, we consider work quarters, on a set date and date last insured as important bench marks. Commonly asked questions are earnings report history and the nature and extent of the injuries, medical conditions and disability. Does a criminal record affect an otherwise… Read More »
Getting Disability for Somatic Disorder
When you apply for social security disability benefits, you typically must present evidence of an actual disease, illness, or injury. In most cases this is true—but not in all cases. In fact, there is a well-known condition that recognizes symptoms that are not explainable by any known disability, condition or disease, which may constitute… Read More »
New Social Security Laws: Good and Bad News
The President often unveils his new budget proposals months in advance of when the budget has to be actually voted on by Congress, and, in most cases, the final budget looks much different than what the President proposed. Still, it is somewhat concerning that President Trump, in 2019, has proposed a budget for 2020… Read More »
When Should You Reapply After Being Denied Social Security Disability?
Our legal system isn’t perfect, which means that some people that need help or relief, don’t get the help that they need. When it comes to Social Security, some people that need help, don’t get it because they are denied benefits at any given stage in the application process. However, the law does not… Read More »
How to Receive Spousal Social Security Benefits
If you suffer a disease or diseases or are injured to the point that you can no longer work, you may be entitled to collect Social Security benefits. However, what you may not know is that, in certain situations, your spouse may be able to receive benefits as well. Spousal benefits are only available… Read More »
Working with Your Doctor to Help Your Disability Case
If you are sick, injured or disabled, and apply for Social Security, it may seem obvious that nobody knows your medical status the way your own doctors do. They have seen your progress or decline, they have taken and seen diagnostic tests, and are in the best position to evaluate whether you are truly… Read More »
Survey Shows What Conditions Are Most Likely to Get Social Security Disability Approval
It often seems that every application for social security disability gets denied, at least at first. However, not every disability case is the same. Rather than look at disability approval rates as a whole, it can be helpful to look at approval rates by factors such as location or the type of condition the… Read More »
Government Considers Monitoring Social Security Applicants’ Social Media Pages
A while back, we wrote about the many twists and turns of applying for Social Security Disability benefits, and here’s yet another to add to the list. Government Considers Rule Allowing Monitoring The government is considering allowing, by rule, the Social Security Administration to search disability applicants’ social media pages to see whether your… Read More »
Partially Favorable Disability Rulings and Changes in Onset Dates Can Cut Benefit Awards
When you go to a Social Security disability hearing, you either win disability benefits, or you lose the case and get no benefits. At least, that’s what the general public may believe. In practice, there’s an entire area in between these two extremes, called the “partially favorable decision.” Whether such a decision is something… Read More »
What Is the Social Security Compassionate Allowance Program?
Is it possible to obtain Social Security benefits in about two weeks to two months? Yes it is, although rarely, possible under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowance Program (CAP). The CAP Program The program awards disability benefits on an expedited basis to those with serious or fatal diseases. There are over 200 diseases… Read More »