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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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16 Feb

Witnesses and the Benefits Hearing

Witnesses and the Social Security Disability Benefits Hearing By: Disability Group (www.socialsecuritylaw.com) Many clients want to know if they can bring a witness to their Social Security benefits hearing.  SSA regulations state that witnesses may appear, although the Administrative Law Judge will make the final decision as to whether or not a witness will be

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15 Feb

Challenge Vocational Experts in ALJ Hearings

Challenge Vocational Experts in ALJ Hearings By: Disability Group (www.socialsecuritylaw.com) After an initial denial of a Social Security Disability Application, there are several levels of appeal. There have been several recent changes in the law so that some levels are omitted or replaced. For now, the process in most levels is: Request for Reconsideration and then

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14 Feb

How Important is My Doctor’s Opinion to the SSA?

Your doctor said that you’re unable to work.  Is that good enough for the Social Security Administration?  Disability Group Inc helps you ensure that your doctor’s medical opinion will matter to the SSA when your disability status is determined. If getting your disability claim awarded was as easy as getting a doctor to state that

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11 Feb

Veterans Pension and Disability Benefits

A veteran may receive full VA compensation benefits as well as full Social Security Disability benefits.  However, VA pensions are treated differently. Your VA pension will be reduced by the amount of Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits you receive.  If you qualify for needs-based Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, they will be reduced by the

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10 Feb

How Much Do I Have To Pay My Social Security Disability Lawyer?

When do I have to pay my Social Security Disability lawyer? Your lawyer should not charge you any upfront fees. Your lawyer’s fees have to be approved by the Social Security Administration. Your lawyer gets paid only when you are found disabled by the Social Security Administration and found entitled to retroactive benefits. Your lawyer

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09 Feb

Top Ten Evidence Sources to Help You Win Your Claim

Top Ten Evidence Sources to Help You Win Your Claim When applying for social security disability benefits, it is now more important than ever to remember that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses not just your doctor’s opinion, but many sources of evidence to determine whether your impairments meet their requirements for disability.  To make

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08 Feb

The SSA Sent Me This Long Questionnaire! How Do I Fill It Out?

After spending time filling out an initial application, you will receive a request from Social Security with a lengthy questionnaire. Answers to these questions are essential to getting your benefits! Completing the daily activities report gives you the chance to explain how your disability affects your life. Often, answers to these questions will not appear

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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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07 Feb

The Martinez Settlement: Lost Benefits and How It May Apply to You

Making Headlines: As the result of a major class action settlement in 2009, the Social Security Administration (SSA) was required to repay more than $500 million to Social Security and Disability claimants formerly labeled as “fugitives.” The issue: Many individuals lost their benefits under the SSA’s “Fugitive Felon” program which prevented payments to individuals considered

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