SSA Clarifies Rules on Past Relevant Work

When an applicant sends a disability claim to the Social Security Administration, an adjudicator who works for the SSA review’s the applicant’s file to determine whether or not the individual qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits. While this file is under review, a number of factors are taken into consideration including the applicant’s past relevant work activity. Recently the SSA has created rules that affect how past relevant work experience is viewed.

What Role Does the DDS Play in the Disability Process?

When a Social Security Disability applicant files a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, there are a number of “stages” that this claim goes through. When the applicant’s claim is first filed, it is handled by one of the SSA’s field offices and then once the field office is done with the claim, another agency (usually referred to as Disability Determination Services of DDS) handles the remainder of the claim processing.

What Heart Conditions Qualify for Disability?

February is Heart Health Month and it is a topic that warrants a significant amount of interest due to the severity of heart disease in our nation and its prevalence worldwide. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death across the globe. In many cases, the people who suffer from a heart-related illness are unable to work due to the symptoms that are caused by the disease and/or the effects of the treatments and/or surgery that are required to address the illness.

What Is a Representative Payee and When Do You Need One?

When an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits, that individual receives a set monthly payment to help them meet their basic living expenses. When an individual is incapable of managing their own finances, the Social Security Administration determines that a representative payee should be responsible for managing the disability payments that are provided to a disability recipient and manage the expenses of the recipient in question.

Lawmakers Question if Disability Checks are Being Issued Safely

Social Security Disability benefits are not easy to get. Anyone who has ever been through the disability claim process understands this fully. It would be nice to think that once those benefits begin, the battle is over. Unfortunately, for some disability recipients, a new battle begins when disability payments start – a battle against fraud and misuse of their disability income.

Ways Disability Benefits Are Transferred to Family Members

When an individual is receiving Social Security Disability benefits, those benefits can sometimes also be received by certain family members. In order for your family members to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, those family members must be dependent upon you for their financial survival. For example, your spouse (if he or she is age 62 or older) and any children that you have may be entitled to benefits because these people rely upon you for support, but a sister or brother would not be.

Can You Update Your Testimony After Your SSA Hearing?

When you are appealing the SSA’s decision to deny your disability benefits the process can be stressful and overwhelming. You may spend months or even years waiting for the date of your disability hearing to arrive and then when the day comes, you want everything to go perfectly. Understandably, you are likely facing a great deal of stress on this day and there may be things that you forget to mention to the administrative law judge during the course of your hearing.

Social Security Disability System Faces Independent Review

Most Americans would agree that the Social Security Disability system is somewhat flawed. We hear horror stories about deserving applicants waiting years before their disability benefits to begin due to the fact that they must fight the SSA in order to obtain the benefits they are entitled to. On the other hand, we also hear stories about people who are not truly disabled receiving the Social Security Disability payments that come out of taxpayer pockets. According to the Wall Street Journal, this is not an issue that has gone unnoticed.

What Qualifies as Good Cause For Filing a Late Appeal?

The Social Security Disability claim process can be a long and complex undertaking. Most disability applicants must endure the disability appeal process in order to obtain the benefits they are entitled to. Part of this process involves filing timely appeals with the Social Security Administration (SSA). An applicant has 60 days from the date that they receive notice that they have been denied benefits to appeal the SSA’s decision to deny their benefits.

January is Birth Defect Prevention Month

When most people think about Social Security Disability benefits they imagine disabled workers who are no longer able to earn an income and are in need of benefits from the Social Security Administration in order to make ends meet. Many people forget that children may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits as well. When a child is born with a severe birth defect, the needs of the child can take a severe financial toll on that child’s family.


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