Some medical conditions are so severe, the SSA considers them eligible for a "Compassionate Allowance" - which allows for much faster processing time.
It's important to remember that while all Substantial Gainful Activity is work, not all work is considered Substantial Gainful Activity, and it takes more than just money into account. We explain it all in detail here.
While you wait, make sure you are treating for your conditions and keeping up with evidence that can help you win when you finally get your chance in front of the judge. If you feel frustrated, remember - you're not alone in this struggle.
The loss of a loved one after a long disability can be a difficult time, especially if they were waiting on a disability claim. In most cases, if your loved one filed for disability benefits before their death, their claim can still continue. See how you can help keep it going.
In most cases, if your loved one filed for disability before their death, their claim can still continue. In this situation, Social Security requires a process called a “Substitution of Party” (SOP).
The issue of substance abuse can be a complicated one. Abusing drugs or alcohol will make your disability case tougher, but that does not mean you will definitely be denied. In this article we get into how and why substance abuse can bring additional difficulties to claim.
It is normal to wonder, even before your disability hearing, what to expect once you appear before the judge. While there is no way to be certain what will happen, there are a few guidelines about what to expect at the hearing and after.
The internet has dozens of review sites where you can find ratings of restaurants, airlines, mechanics, doctors, and even social security disability judges. A lot of people wonder what happens if they get "bad" judge, and what they can do to prepare.
A hearing is an opportunity for the judge to see you in person, to ask questions, and to make a new decision that is based on more than just some paperwork. Here, we'll explain how that can really help your case.
The main barrier to accessing appropriate medical treatment for those who are no longer able to work is cost. And medical care - with documentation - is essential to winning a disability claim.