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 […]

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 […]