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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.

The SSA's New ALJ Policy May Affect Disability Claimants

Until recently, a Social Security Disability applicant would be notified of which administrative law judge would be hearing their case when they received notice of their disability hearing. The SSA has now decided that the identity of the judges who are hearing these cases will no longer be included in the notices that are sent to applicants and that the identity of the judge will be kept secret until the actual hearing itself.

What Are Social Security Disability Vocational Factors?

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration there are a number of factors that are taken into consideration by the adjudicator who is reviewing your application for benefits. These factors have an impact on whether or not the adjudicator reviewing your file decides to approve your Social Security Disability claim. Some of the factors that this adjudicator will take into account include vocational factors.

Disability Benefits and Incarceration

In some situations individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits run into trouble with the law and become incarcerated as a result of the legal issues that they are facing. These disability recipients often wonder if their incarceration will affect their eligibility to continue receiving Social Security Disability payments or if those payments from the SSA will stop due to their incarceration.

Different Ways to Get in Touch with a Representative at the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a long and complicated process. There are many instances in which an individual may need to contact the Social Security Administration for one reason or another. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways in which an individual can contact a representative at the Social Security Administration. Following are some ways in which you can contact an SSA representative.

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