Disability Benefits Tag

What Steps You Can Take If You Are Denied Social Security Benefits.

Of the more than 6 million people living in the State of Louisiana, 3.9 % receive Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits. Every year, thousands of people apply to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) for disability benefits. Thousands may apply but more than half of these applications will be denied initially. What Can You Do if Denied Benefits? Before we look at what you can do if denied benefits, it is important to understand how important your disability application is. Disability claims get denied for a number of reasons, however, many people make the mistake of not realizing just how important their application is. Incomplete applications and applications that...

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The Importance of “Back Pay” When it Comes to Social Security Disability Benefits.

It’s not easy when you need disability benefits, and it’s not easy to win Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) either. Dealing with the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), the government agency that administers the federal disability programs (SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”)) can be frustrating. The road to receiving disability benefits is very often a long, difficult, and complex one. The SSA has a lot of rules and regulations that must be carefully followed. It is not unusual for many applicants to be denied benefits several times and have to take several appeals before they are finally awarded benefits. While both SSDI and SSI provide...

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What To Expect At A Disability Hearing

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) you probably should not expect to be awarded disability benefits either after initially applying or even after reconsideration. With very few exceptions, most disability applications are denied both initially and after reconsideration. However, your chances of qualifying for disability benefits dramatically improves—especially if you are represented by counsel— at the hearing level. In Georgia, about 62% of all disability claims are approved after a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). What Happens at a Disability Hearing The administrative hearing is your (and your counsel’s)...

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What Are FICA Taxes and How Do They Affect Your Disability Benefits?

If you are permanently disabled and need financial assistance, you might want to consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). SSDI is not a relief system for partial or temporary disabilities or illness. Instead, it is designed to give U.S. workers some financial assistance if they are permanently disabled and unable to work. Qualifying for SSDI To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet the strict requirements of the Social Security Administration (“SSA”).  This means that in addition to meeting the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” you must have worked long enough and have paid into the federal tax...

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The Difference Between VA Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits

When it comes to disability benefits, things have a way of getting pretty confusing. That’s because there are several disability programs and more than one government agency that administers its own disability benefits program. For example, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) provides Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) to disabled individuals, including veterans. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) also provides disability benefits to veterans. So what are the differences between these two government programs? Let’s see. Some Differences Between Veteran’s Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits One fairly obvious difference between SSDI and VA benefits is that the...

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Increase Your Chances of Being Awarded Disability Benefits With These 3 Strategies

If you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working long enough or consistently enough to make at least $1,220 (or $2,040 for statutorily blind individuals for 2019) a month,  then you might consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). While SSDI benefits may be right for you, it is important to know that being awarded disability benefits is a long, complicated, confusing and often frustrating process. Which is why, even at the application stage it is best to have experienced social security disability counsel to represent you. Proving your case to the Social Security Administration...

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Disability Hearings and Vocational Experts: What’s it All About?

Most claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). In fact, the SSA is known to deny more than half of all disability claims submitted to it. It is also well-known that the road to disability benefits is a long, complicated and confusing one. Which is why, if you are thinking about applying for disability benefits, you should hire disability counsel to assist and represent you. Because most disability claims are denied initially and after reconsideration, many applicants do not see any success unless they appeal the denial of their claim to...

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Can You Get Benefits for Your Disabled Child?

If you have a disabled child, it is very likely that you will need some kind of financial support to pay for your child’s medical expenses and care. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may want to consider applying to the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) for disability benefits for your child. Here is some basic information about the types of disability benefits that are available to disabled children. Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Most disabled children under the age of 18 qualify for disability benefits under the SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) disability benefits program. The SSI program is a needs-based program. That means that there...

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What “Disabled” Means to the Social Security Administration.

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) there are only 2 basic requirements: You must have worked in jobs that paid into the Social Security system long enough and recently enough (10 out of the past 15 years) to qualify for SSDI benefits, and, You must be disabled within the meaning of the Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of “disabled.” Sounds simple, right? Wrong. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has lots of rules and regulations that must be strictly followed in order to qualify for disability benefits. In addition, they have a very strict definition of “disabled.” What Does Social Security...

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Supplemental Security Income in a Nutshell.

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) runs two disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). Although they may sound the same, they are not. Social Security Disability Insurance provides disability benefits for people who have worked up to 15 years and who have paid into the federal social security tax system (the Federal Insurance Contributions Act or “FICA”) before becoming disabled. On the other hand, SSI is a needs-based program that does not require any work experience at all. Here is some basic information about SSI: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). SSI provides financial support for people —including those who are disabled—who...

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