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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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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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Why it is a Good Idea To Be Represented By Counsel When You Apply for Disability Benefits.

One of the first things people who are applying for or have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) want to know, is whether or not they need a lawyer. The answer is (unless you are appealing a denial to federal court) no, you don’t need a lawyer to apply for disability benefits. But you stand a much better chance of being awarded benefits if you have one. Don’t believe us? Consider this… The Application. Applying for SSDI is not simple process. You cannot just fill out the forms to the best of your memory, sit back, and hope to be awarded benefits....

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