Social-Security

Social Security Raises the Cost of Living Adjustment on All Benefits

    The numbers are in!  The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.6% cost of living adjustment for all benefits.  This is good news for 69 million retirees, disabled individuals and dependent survivors of deceased workers.  In many recent years, the Social Security Administration did not make an increase in benefits.  The adjustment was zero in […]

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increases for 2019

THE NUMBERS ARE IN Payments for Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Retirement will increase by 2.8 percent for 2019.  The increase is due to an automatic cost of living adjustment mandated by law and is based on inflation. The increase will take effect for January 2019 payments for the 62 million […]

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.

Trial Work Period

For people currently receiving SSDI benefits, the Social Security Administration has a program called the “Trial Work Period,” which allows you to work while continuing to receive your full disability amount.   What the Program Entails The program is designed to allow people to test their ability to work without having work attempts result in […]

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 […]

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 Administration

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 […]