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Social Security Disability Archives

Use these 4 tips to improve your odds of a successful SSDI claim

The vast majority of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims are denied during their initial applications and on the first round of appeals, which forces many genuinely disabled people to endure long months of waiting before they can actually plead their case in person to an administrative law judge. If you want to avoid that possibility, there are some steps you can take that will improve the odds your claim will get approved more easily.

Proposed federal budget puts Social Security Disability at risk

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits provide an essential lifeline to millions of disabled Americans of all ages. Since the definition of "disabled" is so strict, applicants have to go through a lengthy and stringent approval process. Many wait months or years for their benefits to start after going through unfair denials and finally getting a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Social Security could take a giant leap backwards in time

Imagine this: You develop a serious condition that's disabling, chronic and progressive. You know that you'll never get better, so it's a huge relief when you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) and the related medical benefits.

Administration's proposed rule could trim SSD benefits for some

Although it has been getting relatively little attention in the press until recently, the Social Security Administration has proposed a new regulation that could serve to cull many Texans from the list of those who receive disability benefits.

Student loan relief: a well-kept secret bonus to SSD benefits

As this blog discusses often, people in the Houston area who are suffering from a debilitating illness or injury may be able to obtain benefits through the Social Security Administration. Social Security disability benefits, which are commonly referred to as SSD benefits, can provide a source of monthly income to a Texan who needs these funds to support him or herself.

When is a disability lump sum pay awarded?

Despite some Houston residents' best intentions, they are just no longer able to work due to an illness or injury. When this occurs, a person may be eligible for Social Security Disability. These benefits can be incredibly helpful for a family who relies on this income to get by.

Changes coming to Social Security disability in 2020

Every year the Social Security Administration has to do an assessment of the programs funded under Social Security. There are retirement benefits, disability benefits among others. For disability benefits, the COLA, or cost of living adjustment, can help to adjust for inflation or other factors that can impact the effectiveness of income. Sometimes the disability program can get updates based on other factors as well.

Work history requirements for Social Security disability

There are two important components of eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The first requirement is that the disabled individual suffers from a disabling medical condition that prevents them from being able to work. In addition, to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual must also meet work history requirements.

Prepare for a Social Security disability hearing

One important part of the Social Security disability process is the Social Security disability (SSD) hearing which can be part of the appeals process or the initial application process depending on the state where the applicant is applying for SSD benefits. Being prepared for the hearing and knowing what to expect can help the disabled applicant be more at ease during the Social Security disability hearing process.