The SSA’s “Blue Book” of Medical Conditions for SSDI
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.
What is Substantial Gainful Activity for SSDI Purposes?
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.
The Use of Vocational Experts at Disability Hearings
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.
Can You Perform Your Past Relevant Work?
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.
What Is a Severe Impairment?
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.
How does Social Security Determine a Listed Impairment?
The third step in the SSA's five-step evaluation process asks whether your condition(s) meet or equal a “Listing Impairment.”
How to Access Free or Low Cost Medical Care
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.
I’ve Been Approved for SSDI benefits, How Much Will I Get Every Month?
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.
What Are Attorney’s Fees in SSDI and SSI Claims?
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.
Can I Work While Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?
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.
How Does Social Security Determine My Residual Functional Capacity?
In making a decision on your claim, Social Security will determine your maximum Residual Functional Capacity, or RFC.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Application Process
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.
Disability Approval With A Medical-Vocational Allowance
There are two primary ways to qualify for disability benefits. The first is by meeting the highly complex and exact medical definitions for various conditions and impairments as listed in the Social Security Administration’s “Blue Book.” The second (and lesser-known) pathway that quite often leads to disability benefits approval is the “medical-vocational allowance” (MVA) approval. While you will still have to meet rigorous guidelines as defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to qualify for [...]
Dementia Care and SSA Disability Benefits
Dementia of any kind is one of the most difficult medical conditions to experience and manage. At this time, there is no cure and medical professionals can only speculate as to the ways one can help prevent or delay it from developing. It is also important to note that dementia care can be quite expensive, as individuals require far more attention than with many other diseases that can often be managed at home without much [...]
Ideal Jobs for People with Physical or Mental Impairments
When someone develops physical or mental impairments they can often lose the option of being able to do their existing job. For such circumstances, monthly benefits are available through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs. However, each year, more and more people want to know the types of jobs they can do with physical or mental disabilities. The Social Security Administration has continued to make it easier in recent [...]
Does Workers’ Compensation Affect Disability Benefits
If you have lost the ability to work in any way due to a work-related experience, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. It may also be possible that you might qualify for Social Security Administration disability benefits programs, which are the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. While you may find yourself eligible for all of these financially assistive options, you may not be able to receive [...]
Work Incentives for Disability Benefit Recipients
These days, more and more people strive to keep working after a disability. In some cases, it is not possible, but in other cases, it is very much a possibility with today’s advances in technology, healthcare and changes to laws. These days, you may no longer have to choose between work and benefits. It can be an option to have both until you are able to work full-time, if that is a reality for your [...]
Where to Find Affordable Disability Equipment
Expenses related to physical and mental impairments can add up quickly, including such costs associated with durable medical equipment and medical devices. Those who qualify for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits might also qualify for free or discounted equipment and devices to improve upon the quality of life of disabled persons. Durable Medical Equipment Durable medical equipment (DME) is often necessary for individuals with physical impairments associated with various [...]
Veterans and Social Security Disability Benefits
Veterans who served our country qualify not only for military service benefits, but they may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits and more. Any individual who has been an active member of the armed forces at any time and for any duration may be eligible for additional benefits based on annual income, illness, disease or physical or mental impairments. The type of benefits available to veterans will be dependent on a number of factors, [...]
Types of Health Insurance for Those with Impairments
Proper and affordable health insurance can be incredibly difficult to secure for individuals who are considered to be disabled or for those with certain medical conditions. Fortunately, the federal government and most states have made sure that everyone is able to receive health insurance, in some way, regardless of one’s illnesses, diseases and physical or mental impairments. Disability Qualifications If traditional health insurance will not cover you due to disabilities or specific conditions and symptoms, [...]