Documenting Work Activity After You File a Disability Benefits Claim

During all phases of the application process for Social Security Disability benefits, the burden is on the claimant to prove disability. Burden of Proof This includes not only providing medical evidence you have been diagnosed with disabling impairments, but also documenting any work activity you perform while waiting for the Social Security Administration to process […]

Tips for Completing Form SSA 3373

Completing your function report can be complicated and overwhelming. Below are some tips to insure success. The Activity of Daily Living Questionnaire – Form SSA 3373 – is complex. It may seem as though the questions are easy and straightforward but the answers you provide do more than is obvious.Therefore, it is critical to understand […]

The Importance of the Function Form to your SSI Claim

The importance of the Social Security Insurance (SSI) function report – is very high. It is a form that measures what you can and cannot do. Learn what the SSA Function Form does by reading our blog: What is the Function Report? Read tips on how to correctly fill out the SSI Function Form in […]

Self Employment Income: The Return to Work Test

While the first two tests are the ones that are used most when determining whether or not someone is entitled to receive benefits, there is also a third test that is used to apply to people who are thinking about starting a business or returning to work more than 24 years after they first started […]

Self Employment Income: The Comparability Test of Fair Compensation

If someone is able to pass the first test, the Social Security department will then apply the second test. This will be used to see whether or not someone is being compensated at a reasonable level for the work that is being performed. Of course, this is a subjective matter. Therefore, the department will compare […]

Social Security disability benefits backlog is lengthy

Thousands of people nationwide seeking disability assistance are waiting months, or even years, for Social Security to hear their cases. The numbers for the Salt Lake City Office of Disability Adjudication and Review as of late September 2016 indicate an 18 month wait time from the date that a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge […]

Consultative Examinations

When seeking Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, in  many claims, the Social Security Administration will schedule Consultative Examinations for you.  It will then use the results to help them determine the severity of your impairments. Do I need a consultative exam? Consultative examinations are conducted at the request and expense of the […]

Allowance Rates drop During Economic Downturns

What is the process of why allowance rates drop during economic downturns? Here is a quick explanation. SSA Actuary: Allowance Rates drop During Economic Downturns Article found in the NOSSCR: Vol. 35, #10 October 2013 The Chief Actuary of the SSA office explained the process of why allowance rates drop during economic downturns. Disability claims […]