The Basics of Social Security Disability Benefits

Sometimes it helps getting back to the basics. In this blog we want to describe what social security disability benefits are and where they come from. We will be covering disability only and not SSI benefits which are available to low-income or people with little or no work history who do not qualify for SSDI. … Continue reading The Basics of Social Security Disability Benefits

Proposed Disability Changes Could Affect Disability Payments for Many

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the new proposed changes to federal disability assistance would likely result in millions of more case reviews and in the process would cut off many disabled recipients. The federal government is accepting public comments on this matter until the end of the month. Some speculate these changes could affect … Continue reading Proposed Disability Changes Could Affect Disability Payments for Many

History of Social Security Disability Benefits

85 years ago, the Social Security Act was created. The goal of this Act was to financially assist senior citizens in their retirement years by creating a general fund. This brought up the question of who else needed benefits. People disabled from an injury were clearly the most in need of this type of program. … Continue reading History of Social Security Disability Benefits

Filing for Disability Without Strong Work History

Social Security retirement benefits are based on your work history and how much you've earned and contributed to the Social Security fund. The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps records of these numbers. In a way, it is very much like an IRA in that you pay into it your entire working life then reap the … Continue reading Filing for Disability Without Strong Work History

What Does Technical Denial of Social Security Benefits Mean?

A technical denial, also called a "non-medical denial" means that the applicant was denied for non-medical reasons. According to public records, this type of denial accounts for about half of all Social Security Disability denials. Applicants will usually be notified about this denial by mail. Reason that an applicant may receive this type of denial … Continue reading What Does Technical Denial of Social Security Benefits Mean?

Agoraphobia, Panic and Other Anxiety Disorders

The definition of an anxiety disorder is: a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. Among these disorders are: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders. These disorders can significantly decrease the quality of a person's life and even prevent them from being able to work. One of the more … Continue reading Agoraphobia, Panic and Other Anxiety Disorders

Stop the Wait Act – What is it?

A bill was recently introduced in Congress with the goal of dramatically reducing the waiting period for people to start receiving disability benefits. U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and  U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) introduced the Stop the Wait Act. After waiting months to qualify for coverage, people have to … Continue reading Stop the Wait Act – What is it?

What to Do if Your Disability Application is Denied

Applying for SSDI can be a very confusing process. All of the information requirements must be met, or your chances of getting denied increase. Some things the board will want to know is if the applicant: has recently been employed and has been paying FICA is still working is gainfully employed ($1220+) If you have … Continue reading What to Do if Your Disability Application is Denied

Can I Claim Disability If I Have Crohn’s Disease?

As described by the Mayo Clinic: Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn's disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people. Any physical or mental ailment … Continue reading Can I Claim Disability If I Have Crohn’s Disease?

What You Can Expect at Your Social Security Hearing

Going into any new situation, a person likes to be as prepared as possible. It helps to know as much information as you can for an upcoming event, especially one as important as your social security hearing. We have compiled this list of things you can expect to happen at your hearing: You will be … Continue reading What You Can Expect at Your Social Security Hearing