Category Archives: Disability Qualifications

12 Oct

Incarceration: What It Means For Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Can I Receive Social Security Benefits While I’m in Jail? The rules for getting Social Security benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) while in jail depend on whether you receive Social Security Disability Insurance under Title II (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income under Title XVI (SSI). SSI: If you receive SSI, you will stop

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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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18 Sep

Medical-Vocational Guidelines – “Grids”

What are “Grids”? If a person applying for disability benefits is found to be unable to return to their past work, then the next question is whether or not they can do any other work.  If the claimant can do other work then they will not be considered disabled, and if they cannot, then they

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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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07 Mar

How to Prove Mental Illness in a Social…

How to Prove Mental Illness in a Social Security Application By:  Disability Group (www.socialsecuritylaw.com) There is no question that people who suffer from mental illnesses have difficulty finding and maintaining employment.  Many mental illnesses such as clinic depression or bi-polar disorder can have a major effect on one’s ability to interact with others, follow directions

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17 Feb

Social Security Disability: Determining Insured Status

Social Security Disability: Determining Insured Status By: Disability Group (www.socialsecuritylaw.com) Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits? Some of the most confusing factors in determining your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits are your “credits” and your “insured” status.  They can be simple to figure out, however, with a bit of patience. Credits and Earnings Quarters

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02 Feb

How to Prove Pain in a Social Security Disability Case

What is the Social Security Administration trying to do in my disability case? The Social Security Administration’s main goal is to decide whether you are able to work, doing either your past job or any type of job. Does the Social Security Administration (SSA) consider the pain I am in when deciding whether to award

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