Is Our Social Security System Solvent?

According to a report by the Trustees last week week, our SSI system is working well. “The most important take-away from the 2019 Social Security Trustees Report is that our Social Security system continues to work well for the American people.” The annual report shows the Social Security System is in solid financial health with […]

How Social Security Analyzes Mental Impairments

When evaluating a claim based on mental illness, the Social Security Administration requires a diagnosis of a mental impairment as well as proof of functional impairment which results from the mental impairment. Functional impairments are divided into four main categories and an individual must demonstrate they suffer from marked impairment in at least two categories […]

Comparing Video Hearings with In-Person Hearings

The internet, video chatting, and cell phones have changed the way that the Social Security Administration operates. One of the recent changes is the opportunity for individuals to attend their Social Security disability hearing via video instead of in-person. What are a few of the benefits of a disability hearing video instead of having to […]

Learn More From Our Social Security Disability Hearing Video

There are many people who rely on the Social Security Disability benefits to keep their lights on, put food on the table, and keep a roof over their head. Unfortunately, the application process can be confusing for many people. How does the Social Security Disability benefits application process work? What are the factors that disability […]

Social Security: How Does the Government Shutdown Affect You and Your Benefits?

The unprecedented government shutdown continues to drag on and everyone is starting to feel the sting. Federal workers are missing their paychecks, the lines at the airport continue to grow, and people are starting to worry about what will happen next. While many government departments are still operating as planned, it is a valid question […]

Benefits for a Closed Period of Time

When people are thinking about applying for disability benefits, time is of the essence. Once a diagnosis is made, especially a diagnosis like cancer or other life-shortening illness, the clock is ticking. Because of this, it is vital to file for disability benefits from the Department of Social Security as quickly as possible. Based on […]

How does Social Security evaluate my statements about my disability to do full time work

When the Social Security Administration makes a determination about whether or not a particular diagnosis or impairment would prevent an individual from performing substantial and gainful employment, they often need to rely upon the statements of a claimant about how the impairments affect their work ability.  A claimant’s credibility can make or break a claim, […]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The healthcare community has occupied a significant amount of the spotlight with multiple new diagnosis and treatment options; however, certain health care issues continue to plague the system. Cancer is a disease of aging and as people continue to live longer and longer, cancer will only become more common. While it is nice to have […]

After the Award: Waiting for SSI Claim to Arrive

While many people are happy to hear that their SSI disability claim has been awarded, it can also be frustrating to wait for their social security disability claim to arrive. There are many reasons why their award can take a while to be processed. Examples of reasons why the social security disability claim status can […]