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 […]

How credibility is determined when evaluating a claim for disability benefits

When the Social Security Administration evaluates if an individual is unable to work and entitled to benefits because of a medical or psychological condition, they look at many factors to determine what impact the conditions have on a person’s work capacity. These factors include medical records, statements made by physicians about a person’s work capacity […]

How Social Security determines if your impairment is disabling

There are very few conditions that are considered disabling with just a diagnosis. The majority of impairments are evaluated by determining if they cause functional impairment which meets specific rules or which would be significant enough to preclude an individual from engaging in full time employment.   Functional Impairments A functional impairment is a physical […]

Tips to Making Your Claim Go Faster

Want your SSDI claim faster? Is it just taking too long? Watch this video for 5 steps you can take now to understand and speed up the process.   For more information about speeding up your claim, check out these helpful blog posts.

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 […]