Impairment-related Work Expenses

The Social Security Administration allows you to work in limited amounts while waiting for them to process your application. They also allow you to deduct any impairment-related work expenses  necessary to perform your job.   Deductions The most common example is medications used to control disabling symptoms. It is important to note you must actually […]

Unsuccessful Work Attempts

The Social Security Administration allows you to attempt to work, to test your ability to do so, both while waiting to receive benefits and after you have begun to receive them. Social Security will ignore earnings from any job they can categorize as an unsuccessful work attempt. What Makes an Attempt Unsuccessful? To qualify as […]

Working While Waiting to Receive Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration allows you to perform some work while waiting for your claim to be processed. This work must fall below certain limits on schedule and pay, or it can disqualify you from receiving benefits. To make a determination on a claim, the first things Social Security considers are: How many hours the […]

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO RECEIVE WORKER’S COMPENSATION BENEFITS

If an individual receives Worker’s Compensation benefits, their entitlement to Social Security Disability benefits may be reduced or eliminated.  An individual can only receive 80% of their prior earnings in the combination of Worker’s Compensation cash benefits and Social Security Disability benefits.   How the Social Security Administration (SSA) Determines Prior Earnings The SSA utilizes […]

Social Security Benefits & Payment Amounts Explained

Understanding social security disability and SSDI payment amounts can be confusing to the average person. Your payment amounts are likely to be different from the person next door because everyone’s situation is different. Perhaps, your payments could be lower than you actually qualify for, meaning that you are missing out on significant benefits. Using an […]

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN and Social Security Operations

The Social Security Administration will continue nearly all operations during the government shutdown. Benefits will continue to be paid as scheduled, hearings will be held and claims processed. However, many less critical activities will be discontinued which will likely lead to overall longer wait times for claims processing. Specific information can be found in this […]

Social Security: Special Rules and Medical Vocational Guidelines for Those Over 50

Those who are over 50 and applying for Social Security should take note of the special rules called Medical Vocational Guidelines that apply to them. After 50, Social Security uses these rules to decide whether or not they believe someone has the ability to continue to work. These guidelines are in place because entry-level jobs […]

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SSDI claims, applications, allowances & appeals – THE NUMBERS ARE IN!

The Social Security Administration has released information on the number of claims for disability benefits filed and approved in 2017.  For 2017, there were 2,179,928 applications filed.  There were a total of 762,141 awards or allowances of disability benefits allowed.  That equates to a 35% allowance rate.  This percentage equates to the number of claims […]

Social Security Special Rules: What Kind of Work is Relevant?

One of the safety nets that people have when experiencing a disability is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). There are several factors that will play a role in determining not only whether or not someone receives benefits but also to what extent these benefits are provided. (Click for details.) One of these has to do […]