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November 2018 Archives

Preparing for an SSDI hearing - Part II

In our last post, we presented general guidelines for preparing for a disability hearing before an administrative law judge. In this post, we will cover specific pointers for ensuring that the claimant can present oral testimony that is clear, persuasive and effective.

Social media could impact your Social Security Disability claim

Connecting with Social Security Disability when you need that income is not a simple process. All too often, people find themselves waiting a year or even two years before they receive benefits. A large number of people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits initially receive a denial of their claim, often for strange or seemingly frivolous reasons.

Preparing for an SSDI hearing - Part I

In our last post, we presented an overview of the appellate process that is available to Houston residents whose applications for Social Security Disability Insurance have been denied. This post will focus on a single aspect of the appellate procedure: testifying about the claim before an administrative law judge or ALJ.

Understanding the SSDI appeals process

Many people in Houston file applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits every year without realizing that most initial claims are denied. When a claim for SSDI benefits is denied, the law and regulations administered by the Social Security Administration give claimants many options to appeal such a rejection. Understanding the basic features of that process may be crucial to ultimately obtaining an award of benefits.

Proving a disability caused by a mental condition

Many people in Houston suffer from mental conditions that interfere with their ability to work. Some of these people may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, but they may also be unaware of how such benefits are granted. As with all SSDI applications, an application for benefits based upon a mental condition must prove the existence of the disability and the totality of the disability.