Category Archives: social security claims

21 Oct

Ways to Speed Up the Social Security Disability Claim Process

by William Carr, Supervising Attorney Obtaining Social Security Disability and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits can be a long process spanning, in many cases, well over a year.  This can place claimants in difficult situations due to the inability to perform significant work for pay during this process.  Fortunately for some, there are situations where Social

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13 Oct

Can My Prior Social Security Disability Claim Be Re-Opened?

  What is Re-Opening? Generally, an initial determination made on your Social Security Disability claim is subject to your right to appeal- usually within 60 days.  In certain instances, however, a decision which would otherwise be final and binding may be reopened or revised. How is a Claim Re-Opened? SSA may re-open a decision 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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08 Mar

File for Disability – Links to Application Forms

File for Disability – Links to Application Forms By: Disability Group (www.socialsecuritylaw.com) If you are filing for social security disability benefits you can do most of the application work online. We’ve put together links to the most commonly used forms required to file a disability benefits claim.  (If you have questions on how to fill

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07 Feb

How To Keep Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Did you know that once you have been awarded disability benefits, your claim may come up for review in the future?  Usually these reviews won’t come up for a couple of years, but sometimes your award may result a review in as early as eighteen months or a year.  This can happen especially in cases

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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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