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What Exactly is an ALJ?

Posted January 28th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

The majority of Social Security disability claimants, who continue to appeal unfavorable decisions at lower levels, will eventually have to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ is in charge of deciding whether or not a claimant is disabled and should be awarded either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental […]



Examining The SGA Question

Posted January 27th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

A common question we receive as a Social Security Disability law office is whether people are still able to work on a limited basis while they are applying for and even after they are approved for Social Security disability benefits. It is not in Social Security’s best interest to try and prevent people who are […]



When Did We Stop Being Accountable For What We Say?

Posted January 26th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

In today’s age of instant gratification we lose track of accuracy. Everyone has to react to something right away, report something right now and comment on something immediately before all the facts are known. We have allowed this type of behavior to exist through the expansion of the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook […]



Medication Non-Compliance

Posted January 25th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

What if I haven’t been taking my medications regularly? Does that affect the likelihood of being awarded benefits? The realistic answer is: maybe. Social Security Ruling 82-59 outlines the circumstances under which a failure to follow prescribed medications would be accepted as “justifiable” and would not preclude a finding of disability. Social Security finds a failure […]



Social Security Disability and Working Under the Table

Posted January 24th, 2015 in General Info SSA SSDI

The term “working under the table” is a phrase that is commonly known to a lot of people, but some may not be aware of what the phrase refers to. Working under the table means that someone is collecting a fee for work performed, but not reporting that income to the Internal Revenue Service or […]



Social Security Field Offices Will Be Open An Extra Hour Most Days

Posted January 23rd, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

A couple of years ago Social Security reduced the number of hours its field offices were open due to budget constraints, but thanks to Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency’s field offices will be open an extra four days a week to assist customers. Currently, all field offices are open from […]



A Couple Random Things You Didn’t Know About Social Security

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

Social Security is an agency that most Americans know at least a little something about it functions. There are a lot of nuances to Social Security programs, like retirement and disability, but there are some little known things about Social Security that most Americans are not aware of. Below, we will examine some things you […]



The Social Security Administration Makes Efforts to be Accessible to All People

Posted January 21st, 2015 in General Info SSA SSDI

In an article released in its April 2014 newsletter, the Social Security Administration (SSA) highlights the variety of ways it provides its services in order to accommodate people with disabilities. The SSA’s goal is to provide good customer service and to make sure that all people are able to access its programs and services. All […]



The Spotlight Shines On Social Security Disability In 2015

Posted January 20th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

It certainly did not take long for the new Republican majority in Congress to take aim at its favorite target, the Social Security disability program. The Republicans seem dead set on a fight over the program that helps keep millions of low-income disabled workers out of poverty, but it is nothing new for the Republicans […]



How Railroad Benefits Differ From Social Security Benefits

Posted January 19th, 2015 in Demystifying General Info SSA SSDI

The majority of people who file a claim for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) receive a medical denial, meaning the Social Security Administration (SSA) has determined their condition (or conditions) are not severe enough to keep them from working at a substantial level. At the Initial Application level approximately 75% of […]



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