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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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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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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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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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29 Aug

In the Greater Los Angeles region, Disability Group’s Founder and Managing Director is Honored as a Semi-Finalist in Prestigious Ernst &Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award

Disability Group announced today Founder and Managing Director, Ron Miller, is a semi-finalist for the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” 2012 Award in the Greater Los Angeles region.  The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and

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27 Aug

Social Security Disability Function Reports

How does Social Security use my answers on these forms to assess my ability to work? While your representative cannot tell you what to put in your answers, we can advise you how your answers to these questions will be viewed by Social Security and the sorts of things you should think about in answering

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