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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Need-Based Benefits are Available: SSI

For people who are in need of some additional income to help keep their family and children sheltered and fed, there are benefits available that they could qualify for. One example is called Supplemental Security Income, also known as SSI. This is a need-based benefit and there are a number of criteria that people could […]

How are Disability Benefits from Social Security Calculated?

Unfortunately, some people are injured and have a premature end to their career. They rely on this income to keep themselves and their family afloat; however, this income disappears if they stop working. Fortunately, there are Social Security Disability benefits available. When people have worked for a significant number of years, they build up credits […]