The "Blue Book" explains in great detail the medical conditions and criteria that the SSA uses to help determine if a person is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
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.
As part of the five-step disability determination process, the Social Security Administration must determine whether you can perform your past work, or adjust to different work in the national economy, given your physical and/or mental conditions.
Step four of Social Security Administrations’s process for determining disability requires that the claimant prove that they cannot perform their “past relevant work,” and there are some important factors to understand about how the SSA makes this determination.
The heart of the matter is whether or not the applicant can "sustain" their work. In this article, we break down what that means, and provide three examples of common impairments.
The third step in the SSA's five-step evaluation process asks whether your condition(s) meet or equal a “Listing Impairment.”
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.
If you are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits, how much you are entitled to will depend on a number of factors. This article will help to explain how your benefits are calculated.
While the advantages of having the help of an experienced disability advocate are obvious, most claimants want to know how much these services will cost before securing representation.
In certain situations, a person who has applied for disability can remain eligible even if they have engaged in work activity following the onset of their disabling impairments. Here, we'll discuss some examples, including the Trial Work Period.
In making a decision on your claim, Social Security will determine your maximum Residual Functional Capacity, or RFC.
It's clear that the SSDI application process isn't always easy; learning more about each stage of the application process can make it easier for applicants to present a strong, effective case.
This is part 2 of a 4-part series examining how disabilities impact Americans, and how they may be able to get help.
This infographic demonstrates how disabilities impact Americans, who is at risk, how disabilities can change lives, and how people can get help.
This is the first in a four-part series that looks at how disability affects different types of people in America. These articles go with our in-depth infographic - check it out here, and please feel free to share it. Disabilities can occur in a person for a variety of reasons. In general, they greatly hinder and impact the quality of life for the people who have them. Demographics, social position, and differences in access to [...]
The vast majority of American households will receive some kind of assistance. This includes people who are receiving Social Security benefits, such as retirement benefits, SSDI, and SSI.
The Coronavirus has done it's best to disrupt everything, including SSDI hearings. We're fighting through it - and so are our clients!
Hearings and prior-scheduled appointments will not be handled in-person at this time, but they are not canceled - they may be handled by phone.
The Coronavirus and our nation's response to it are likely on the top of everyone's mind. We are taking a number of steps to ensure that we can continue to provide service to our clients throughout this unfolding situation.
Multiple chemical sensitivities (also known as MCS, and sometimes as “sick building syndrome”) may qualify a person for SSDI benefits, but it's complicated.