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Substitution of Party: What Happens When a Disability Claimant Dies?

2019-04-09T21:00:26+00:00

When a Claimant Passes, The Claim May Still Continue 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). How To Become Or Appoint an SOP To become the SOP, you sign a simple form letting the Social Security Administration that know you wish to continue the claim for disability. You will be responsible for gathering medical evidence or other important information for the case.  You will need a copy of the death [...]

Substitution of Party: What Happens When a Disability Claimant Dies?2019-04-09T21:00:26+00:00

What Happens After My SSDI Hearing?

2019-04-11T00:40:25+00:00

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. A SSDI Decision Will Take Some Time To Be Rendered First, do not expect to get a decision at your hearing. Very rarely does a claimant get a decision during the hearing. Even if you know someone who got a decision at the hearing, it does not mean you will. Some [...]

What Happens After My SSDI Hearing?2019-04-11T00:40:25+00:00

What Happens if I Have a Bad Administrative Law Judge?

2019-04-11T00:41:01+00:00

The internet has dozens of review sites where you can find ratings of restaurants, airlines, mechanics, doctors, and even social security disability judges. You may have looked up your administrative law judge (ALJ) when your hearing was scheduled. A lot of people wonder what happens if you have a judge who does not pay a lot of their cases. Having a social security disability lawyer can help. Preparation For Your SSDI Hearing Is Key You'll want to prepare for your hearing the same way, regardless of how your administrative law judge pays cases. You'll want [...]

What Happens if I Have a Bad Administrative Law Judge?2019-04-11T00:41:01+00:00

Why Do I Need to Have an SSDI Hearing?

2019-04-11T00:41:15+00:00

We all seem to know at least one person who moved easily through the disability process, getting an approval from Social Security within a matter of months. But somehow your case has dragged on nearly two years (or longer!) and now you have a hearing set with a judge. At this point many people are very frustrated with the disability process and want to know why they were not approved sooner. Some people are approved faster than others for a variety of reasons. Factors That Lead To A Hearing Being Required for Disability Benefits The [...]

Why Do I Need to Have an SSDI Hearing?2019-04-11T00:41:15+00:00

Will Social Security Disability Replace All of My Work-Related Income?

2019-04-11T00:46:48+00:00

If you suffer from severe health impairments that prevent you from working, you may wonder whether Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will replace all of your work-related income. The short answer is probably not. If you are approved for SSDI benefits, the amount of your monthly benefit is based on something called your Primary Insurance Amount (PIA).  While this amount reflects your earnings history in the past, the disability insurance program is not meant to fully replace the income you received when you were working. Understanding Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) & the Benefit Calculation Your [...]

Will Social Security Disability Replace All of My Work-Related Income?2019-04-11T00:46:48+00:00

What Is a Continuing Disability Review?

2019-04-11T00:47:48+00:00

If you are found disabled by the Social Security Administration and begin receiving benefits, what are the chances that your benefits will be discontinued someday? It's a good question - and an important consideration. The Continuing Disability Review is a mechanism that the SSA uses to make sure that people who are getting disability benefits should still be getting those benefits. When Conditions Get Better, You Need To Update The SSA Not all conditions are permanently disabling, and many individuals find that with access to the proper medical care afforded by their Medicare or Medicaid [...]

What Is a Continuing Disability Review?2019-04-11T00:47:48+00:00

Should I Appeal or Refile If My SSDI Application Is Denied?

2019-04-11T00:48:01+00:00

If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) and have been denied, you may wonder what you should do next. As a general rule, you have two options: 1) appeal, which means asking the Social Security Administration to look at your case again; or 2) refile, which means starting application process over again from the beginning. Given the complexity involved in this type of situation, it is always best to consult with an experienced disability representative before you decide what you should do in the case of a [...]

Should I Appeal or Refile If My SSDI Application Is Denied?2019-04-11T00:48:01+00:00

What Happens After Your Disability Hearing

2019-04-11T00:49:04+00:00

After a claimant has waited months and maybe years for their disability claim to finally be heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), it can be very frustrating to find out that they have to continue to wait after their hearing is over. So why DO people have to wait? The Post-Hearing Review It is fairly uncommon for an ALJ to inform the claimant that they have won their case on the day of the hearing. In most cases, the ALJ will adjourn the hearing, and the claim will enter a period called “post-hearing review.” [...]

What Happens After Your Disability Hearing2019-04-11T00:49:04+00:00

Do Migraine Headaches Count as an Impairment for SSDI?

2019-04-11T00:50:22+00:00

Migraine headaches are estimated to impact nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population, approximately 36 million people.1 However, migraine headaches are one of many serious medical conditions that are not specifically “listed” by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Listings & Meeting A Listing Impairment One way to establish disability as defined by the SSA is by “meeting a listing impairment.” To meet a listing impairment, medical records must demonstrate a specific level of severity. If you meet a listing, you will be found disabled. The diagnosis of a condition alone will not suffice: your condition must be [...]

Do Migraine Headaches Count as an Impairment for SSDI?2019-04-11T00:50:22+00:00

I’ve Been Approved for SSDI benefits, How Much Will I Get Every Month?

2019-04-11T00:51:22+00:00

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, including ongoing monthly benefits, retroactive and back due benefits, and additional payments for your family members. Disability benefits from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be discussed in a separate article. How SSDI Monthly Benefits are Calculated Your monthly benefit amount is referred to by Social Security as your ‘Primary Insurance Amount,’ or PIA. Your PIA is calculated based on your [...]

I’ve Been Approved for SSDI benefits, How Much Will I Get Every Month?2019-04-11T00:51:22+00:00