Many applicants lose their initial request for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. The next step is to appeal the denial to the hearing office for a hearing before an administrative law judge. An experienced Disability lawyer helps prepare the applicant’s case in different ways. The lawyer works with your doctors to properly document […]
Making a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be a complicated process. We have put together a few short videos for you, to help you understand what SSD is, and what you need to know about collecting benefits.
What Is Social Security Disability?
Social Security Disability is when you’re no longer able to work, […]
If you’re over 55 and your past work was either medium or heavy, and now you’re limited to light work, you’ll be found disabled. This includes a whole range of jobs that normally people would be able to do at the light work level. This job includes security jobs, working in fast food: there […]
How Will I Survive Financially While Waiting for Social Security Disability Benefits to be Approved?
One of the challenges of the Social Security Disability Insurance application process is that it is a waiting game—a long waiting game. Given that you have applied for a program that requires you to be too disabled to work to qualify, you might be facing the conundrum of what to do to support yourself […]
People often think that you shouldn’t get an attorney in a Social Security Disability case until they’ve been denied either once or twice, and they’re waiting for a hearing. Some attorneys even agree with that, but I don’t. I advocate that you come to us as soon as you think you want to do […]
So, if you’re over 60 years of age, and you’re no longer able to perform your past work, there may be many other jobs that physically and mentally you’d be able to perform.
However, given your age, Social Security wants to see that there is very little if any vocational adjustment to the new work. […]
If you’re over 50 years of age, and your prior work was either at a light, or a medium, or a heavy exertional level – and, for example, I like to use a security guard as a light work position. You’re on your feet most of the day. Doesn’t involve a lot of lifting, […]
Social Security Disability is an insurance program, in that your “premiums” are withheld from your pay check each pay period. To qualify for Disability benefits, you must have worked five out of the last ten years, be unable to work for 12 months or more due to a disabling condition that is expected to […]
People often ask me, “What’s going to happen now that we’ve filed for the application?” And it goes through several processes. The first is the initial application, which is reviewed by a state agency called DDS: Disability Determination Services. They review it, we send the medical evidence, and they make an initial decision. If […]
There are two disability programs that you may be entitled to. The first is Social Security Disability, which is based on your earnings record; what you’ve paid into the system through payroll taxes while you’re working. The second is SSI, which is a needs-based program for people that don’t necessarily qualify for Social Security […]