An Entitlement Not a Handout

An Entitlement Not a Handout

An Entitlement Not a Handout The Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) program is the largest involuntary insurance policy in the world. As soon as you are old enough to start working, FICA taxes are taken out of your paycheck, to provide benefits to you upon reaching retirement age, or if you become disabled.
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Disability Appeals Process

The Exhaustive Disability Appeals Process

The Exhaustive Disability Appeals ProcessIf you have filed an initial application for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration along with medical records and other supporting documentation, and received an unfavorable written decision, the next step is the reconsideration level.
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Prep for a Disability Hearing

Prepping for the Disability Hearing

Prepping for the Disability Hearing
Truth be told, through experience in representing clients before the Social Security Administration in disability appeals, we have learned how to successfully leverage certain aspects of the disability benefits hearing to a client's advantage.
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The Disability Interview

The Disability Interview

The Disability InterviewWhile there are many different aspects involved in investigating a long-term disability claimant or individual disability insured, one of the most valuable tools at the disposal of disability insurance companies is the personal contact interview.
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Denial at the Hearing

Denial at the Hearing Level

Denial at the Hearing LevelWhat if the all too common scenario happens - you submit sufficient medical documentation to support your disability claim, testify credibly at the Social Security disability hearing, and are entitled to prevail under the law. But the ALJ, for whatever reason denies you SSDI or SSI benefits?
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Narratives & Questionnaires

Medical Narratives and Impairment Questionnaires

Medical Narratives and Impairment QuestionnairesWhether applying for Social Security disability benefits initially or appealing a case at the hearing level, your greatest chances at successfully being granted SSDI or SSI benefits relies heavily upon proper medical documentation.
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Disability Appeal Summary

The Disability Appeal Summary Letter

The Disability Appeal Summary LetterYour disability lawyer should be reviewing all possible questions with you, as well as the theory of your case, and, what many of them neglect to do, forward a summary letter to the hearing office in advance of your appearance, along with your medical evidence.
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Age, Education, Work & RFC

Age, Education, Work Experience & RFC

Age, Education, Work Experience & RFCAfter your impairments have been substantiated, age, education, work experience and residual functional capacity ("RFC") are the final elements considered by the SSA Administrative Law Judge in determining your eligibility for Social Security Disability Income benefits.
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Independent Medical Examination

The Independent Medical Examination

The Independent Medical ExaminationOftentimes it is not wise to solely rely upon your regular attending physician ("treating source"), but to also utilize outside experts early on during case development on a disability claim, or when preparing for a Social Security disability appeal.
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Disability Claim Investigation

Triggering a Disability Claim Investigation

Triggering a Disability Claim InvestigationRecently, in commenting on one of our posts, a reader asked what type of "red flags" exist that may trigger a field investigation of a Social Security disability claim.
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