Category Archives: Disability Insurance Benefits

09 Dec

Does Social Security Award Disability to Children?

Parents commonly want to know if their children are eligible for any disability insurance from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  The SSA does pay disability benefits on behalf of children, and the funds are usually dispersed to their parents. What sort of disability award can I receive on behalf of my child? When children meet

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15 Nov

Vets101: A New Resource for Veterans

On November 8, 2012, The World Institute on Disability (WID) launched Vets101.org, a site dedicated to information and free career planning tools for veterans. In the works since 2008, Vets101 is a service made possible with the invaluable collaboration of veterans’ organizations, wounded warriors, veterans with disabilities, and their friends and family. Vets101 will feature

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12 Nov

Congressional Bill May Speed Up Veterans’ Disability Payments

For the millions of disabled veterans who are applying for disability benefits, there is hope of faster processing times for their payments.  The Recovering Service Members Disability Benefits Act (HR 6445), a bipartisan bill proposed by Reps. Glenn Thompson, (R-PA) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA), would eliminate the customary five month waiting period between the claim

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10 Nov

Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustment Increase in 2013

The Social Security Administration has announced that benefits payments will increase by 1.7% in 2013; this increase is down from the previous year’s 3.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase.  That means that if you are receiving the average benefit of $1,236, you will see about $21 more per month. The Social Security COLA is based on

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02 Oct

How Does Workers’ Compensation Affect a Disability Claim?

Workers Compensation will not affect the merit of your claim. While your workers’ compensation settlement may have an impact on your SSDI award, it does not affect the merit of your disability claim.  In other words, it does not have a negative impact to your claim. How does my worker’s compensation settlement affect my disability

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25 Sep

Determining Insured Status in Social Security Disability Claims

A “quarter of coverage” (QC) is the basic unit of coverage in determining a worker’s insured status for purposes of a Title II Social Security Disability claim. You need at least 6 QCs but not more than 40 QCs to be fully insured. Insured status is a basic factor in determining whether you are entitled

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21 Sep

How Social Security Evaluates Obesity in a Disability Claim

SSA defines obesity as “a complex, chronic disease characterized by excessive accumulation of body fat”. Medical criteria have been established to determine whether an individual is overweight based upon their body mass index (BMI). Social Security uses this criteria and other evidence to help determine whether an individual is obese. Originally, obesity was on the

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12 Sep

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Concept of “Transferable Skills” in Determining Whether a Disability Claimant Can Perform Full-Time Work Available in the National Economy

By William Carr, Supervising Attorney When Will SSA Look Into Whether or Not I Have Transferable Skills? In order to be declared medically disabled by SSA, you must show one of the following: (1) That your medical conditions or impairments meet or equal the requirements of one of the specific SSA impairment listings.  To be

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