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DT3 Mistakes and pitfalls in Social Security disability cases

Today’s Disability Tips reviews the mistakes and pitfalls that can occur when you handle your own Social Security disability case. Links: “Apply Right: How to Apply for Social Security Disability Online the Right Way the First Time!”  : http://applyrightbook.com Social Security approval … Continue reading

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DT1 Overlooked Social Security disability evidence

While medical records are the main source of Social Security disability evidence, lots of people stop there. The sad truth is medical records often are not enough to win disability benefits. And, if you have no health insurance, you may … Continue reading

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Request your Social Security Statement online!

Your Social Security Statement is an important tool in applying for Social Security disability benefit. The statement provides a year by year listing of your earnings and an estimate of your retirement and disability benefits. Social Security used to mail the … Continue reading

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Can sit down jobs be LIGHT work?

Social Security separates jobs into groups based on physical requirements: sedentary, light, medium, and heavy. For many individuals, the outcome of a case depends on the number of sedentary jobs available. This is often an issue in back injury cases where Light … Continue reading

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Can I get Social Security disability without losing income?

I was recently asked the following question: I need my job to survive. I can’t quit. I have some vacation days and sick time, but it is not enough to go without pay until they tell me I qualified. How do … Continue reading

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Social Security Hearings: Competitive and Non-Competitive Work

What does it mean if the Administrative Law Judge or Vocational Expert mentions “non-competitive work” during a Social Security disability hearing? “Non-competitive” refers to types of work: Competitive work is, well, just regular work; with no set-asides, no accommodations beyond … Continue reading

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How much can I earn and keep my SSI?

This is a particularly tough question. I previously wrote about how earning more than the Substantial Gainful Activity amount may cause your benefits to be stopped in Social Security Disability Insurance cases.  In SSI cases, I just learned that you can earn more than … Continue reading

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How Social Security reviews cases: the 5 step sequential evaluation process

I have written about how Social Security defines disability, work, and a substantial gainful activity. But, how does Social Security really evaluate a case? Social Security reviews cases using the five-step sequential evaluation process to decide is a person is … Continue reading

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How do unemployment benefits affect a Social Security disability claim?

How do unemployment insurance benefits affect a claim for Social Security disability benefits? Receiving unemployment benefits can be a problem if you have a claim for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because you are making … Continue reading

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Can I work and still receive Social Security disability or SSI benefits?

Updated 01/04/12. Can a person work and still receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? The answer is a qualified “yes.” Social Security wants people to try to go back to work. But, the regulations surrounding … Continue reading

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Trial work period and Social Security disability benefits

Social Security encourages you to try to go back to work to see if you can do it. A Trial Work Period (TWP) lets you work and still be considered disabled by Social Security. A beneficiary receiving Social Security disability benefits … Continue reading

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Should I work while waiting for my Social Security hearing?

The long wait for a Social Security hearing is a massive financial drain for most people.  With no money coming in, or just minimal state aid, a lot of people wonder how to pay for rent, utilities, and groceries.   … Continue reading

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Social Security vocational expert voodoo

I was recently asked the following: I had my hearing today. The judge had a vocational rep come in to testify. He said I had two job options. … I live in a small town that probably does not offer the … Continue reading

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Winning Social Security disability with unhelpful doctor

When you are trying to win your Social Security disability benefits, your doctor’s opinion of your disability is critical evidence. If your doctor does not believe in you, you and your lawyer are facing an uphill battle in your disability … Continue reading

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What if I am earning more than the Substantial Gainful Activity amount?

A number of people responded to my prior post about “substantial gainful activity” amounts. To briefly review: the general rule is that you cannot earn more than the substantial gainful activity amounts to be found disabled. What do I do … Continue reading

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