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SSA Issues Warnings on Potential "Stimulus" Scams

The Social Security Administration has periodically issued warnings to seniors and disabled individuals regarding potential scams. Recipients of Social Security Disability benefits are the target of many such scams, one of the most recent involving the promise of a sizeable check. This scam involves providing unauthorized parties with information found on the 1099 Social Security form.

Can You Apply for SSDI and SSI at the Same Time?

Social Security Disability Insurance is known as SSDI. Supplemental Security Income is called SSI. What's the difference, and can you collect both at the same time? The short answer is, “Yes.” You can apply for and receive both types of benefits at the same time, and a Social Security attorney will be able to point you in the right direction and tell you which program would be best for your situation.

When Is the Right Time to File for Disability Benefits?

How do you know when it's time to file for Social Security Disability benefits? The Social Security Administration encourages individuals to apply for disability benefits as soon as they become disabled. This is because the application process can take months or years from start to finish. Individuals applying for Social Security Disability benefits should fill out the required forms as soon as possible, which can be downloaded from the Social Security Administration website.

What to Expect at a Social Security Disability Video Hearing

A Social Security Disability hearing is offered to individuals who have applied for SSDI benefits when their application has initially been denied. A first disability denial is relatively common, necessitating individuals to gather more paperwork or evidence according to comments made in the denial letter. In many cases, individuals may need to attend a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

What are Social Security Disability Consultative Examinations?

Any time an individual is applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, the Social Security Administration requires medical documentation in order to prove the disability. This medical documentation comes in the form of a medical evidence, records, treatment histories and statements from treating physicians. However, when this information does not provide the SSA with enough evidence, they SSA will also require a consultative exam.

Why Do SSI and SSDI Applications Take So Long?

Individuals applying for Social Security Disability are required to fill out an initial Social Security Disability application. Unfortunately, this application process can take up to three or four months to complete. According to the Social Security Administration, approximately 30% of Social Security Disability applications are approved at this stage. The remainder of these claims must go on to appeal a denial of disability benefits.

What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

A Social Security Disability hearing is an option that a potential Social Security Disability recipient may experience in the event that his or her Social Security Disability claim has been denied during the initial stage of the disability claim process. Individuals who have been denied disability have the opportunity to have their case heard by an administrative law judge, known as an ALJ.

How Does Age Affect One’s Chances of Being Awarded SSDI Benefits?

Individuals of all ages can be approved for Social Security Disability benefits, as long as they meet certain stipulations. The chances of getting disability benefits depend on different factors.

Over two million disability applications make it to the Social Security Administration on a yearly basis, and less than half of those are approved during the initial application process. The remainder are left to fight for their benefits through a disability appeal process.

Father Fights to Reduce Delay of Disability Payments

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating. Herbert Russell found this out for himself after his daughter, Heather, was diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV cancer which eventually spread throughout her body in May of 2009. Heather wasn't ready to give up on life and continued to work at her local home improvement store until the following October, when her doctors told her it would be better for her to quit.

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