Social Security

12 Jan

What You Should Know About the Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits in 2023

There are several changes to Social Security benefits in 2023. Some of the changes include an increase in overall benefits as well as an increase to the maximum amount of benefits a person may receive. As inflation runs rampant, the cost-of-living adjustment is also set to increase. If you need to apply for Social Security […]

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04 Jan

How Far Back Does the SSA Look at Medical Records for Disability Claims?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) generally reviews at least 12 months of a disability benefit applicant’s medical records. However, they may need to look back even further than that, such as if you were diagnosed several years ago. They may need to go back to when you first began receiving medical treatment to determine how […]

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24 Nov

Can I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for a Speech Disorder?

A speech disorder can have far-reaching consequences for many people. Not only can it impact your personal life, but it may also hurt job performance. Depending on the type of employment you have, a speech disorder may seriously impact your ability to communicate with co-workers and customers. If you suffer from a speech disorder that […]

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05 Oct

Will Refusing Surgery Affect Your Disability Claim?

If you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to see that you have been seeing a doctor consistently and following his or her prescribed treatment. Part of your treatment may include undergoing surgery to help improve your condition. If you refuse to have the operation, your disability claim […]

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22 Sep

Can You Obtain Disability Benefits After Knee-Replacement Surgery?

Knee-replacement surgery is a common surgical procedure to help reduce pain and improve mobility to a knee damaged by arthritis. Although most people are able to make a full recovery after undergoing this type of surgery, some people may become disabled due to knee-replacement complications. These complications may include persistent knee pain, implant failure, infection, […]

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30 Aug

Will You Be Required to Testify at Your SSD Hearing?

In most cases, the answer is yes. You may be required to testify at your Social Security Disability (SSD) hearing. Your testimony will be crucial to your disability claim. You have a chance to explain how your medical condition has affected your ability to work and perform daily tasks before an administrative law judge. Not […]

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16 Aug

Can You Obtain Disability Benefits for a Crush Injury?

Many types of physical impairments may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI). This includes crush injuries. A crush injury to the hands and fingers can cause stiffness, decreased movement, a weakened grip and an inability to bend your fingers. This can make it hard to maintain substantially gainful employment […]

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25 Jul

Watching What You Say at a Social Security Disability Hearing

Disability hearings in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ) are less formal than traditional courtroom hearings. However, these hearings should be taken seriously because they determine whether or not you meet the Social Security’s definition of being disabled. What you say to the ALJ at the hearing is likely to be an important factor […]

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18 Jul

Can You Obtain Disability Benefits for Long COVID?

Anyone who has had COVID-19 could potentially be diagnosed with Long COVID, regardless of the severity of your bout with the virus. Long COVID is a broad term for symptoms that continue long after the initial COVID-19 infection. However, not all people diagnosed with Long COVID or post-COVID syndrome may be eligible for Social Security […]

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24 Jun

How to Prepare for Questions Asked at a Disability Benefits Hearing

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA), your initial application may be denied. In fact, many applicants are denied at first and their applications are not approved until they attend a hearing. To help you prepare for this hearing, we have compiled […]

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