Since most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income have never applied before, they do not know what information they will need to begin the application process. Social Security considers several factors in determining your eligibility to receive benefits. You’ll need provide them information on your income, work history, medical history, citizenship, family situation, and much more. I recently came a cross an excellent visual graphic which will help you gather what you need to start the application process. Just click on the link below, print the graphic and you will be well on your way to getting your benefits.
Social Security Disability Graphic
If you would like more information about applying, or any step of the Disability process, you may want to contact an experienced Social Security Disability attorney, for a no fee consultation.
Apply Right: How to apply for Social Security disability online the right way the first time! – Reviewed
I recently received a copy of the Kindle Book “Apply Right” from a colleague of mine, Mr. Tomasz Stasiuk. I have begun to review my copy, and I can already say that it would be a great benefit to anyone who is applying for Disability benefits, or even if you are thinking of applying.
The book will take you step by step through the application process, from preparing to apply, gathering and submitting the necessary information, to submitting the final copy.
Some of the many topics it covers include
- Preparing to apply
- Applying online
- Different benefit programs
- Prior applications and / or denials
- Medical and work history
Please note, as the title states, this is a tool to help you apply, it does not cover the determination, subsequent appeals, or hearings. If you have been denied, you should seek the advice of a qualified disability attorney who can help you pursue your case further.
To browse “Apply Right” your self, please click on the link below. You can even receive it for FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member.
Please feel free to contact us, for a free no cost consultation to discuss this or any other topic.
WHAT IS SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY?
After assisting clients for several years now, I have found that many people are not really sure what the term “Social Security Disability” really means. In fact, “Social Security Disability”, really doesn’t mean anything until you place it in context. It seems to me that what clients really want help with are obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits from the Social Security Disability system.
PART I – THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SYSTEM
Simply put, the Social Security Disability System provides benefits for people who are not physically able to work due to a “severe impairment”. The system consists primarily of two programs: Social Security Disability Insurance ( SSDI ), and Supplemental Security Income ( SSI ). These programs are administered by the Social Security Administration ( SSA ), as well as each state’s Disability Commission (or the equivalent). SSDI and SSI were added as a safety net to protect disabled workers, in addition to retired workers who had already been eligible for benefits.
If an applicant can meet the standards as set up by the SSA then his / her claim will be allowed and they will receive monthly benefits as long as they remain disabled. It is up to the applicant to prove that he / she meets the SSA requirements through the use of medical, employment, and other types of evidence. Unfortunately almost 70% off applicants are initially denied benefits, and must appeal. The appeals process can take years before a final decision is made
We will discuss the two different programs, Social Security Disability Insurance / SSDI and Supplemental Security Income / SSI in later articles.
There is an abundance of evidence, that happiness is the most important factor in determining your physical well being. Here is a little something that can’t help but brighten your day.
With the recent US Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act, employers should review what their obligations are to assist in providing health care plans.
Here is a great pictorial view of their obligations.
As most applicants know, it can take several years to have your Disability claim awarded. Unfortunately, some clients think that their disability attorney is not doing everything possible to move things along. Nothing could be further from the truth. I recently came across a post that does an excellent job explaining that your attorney really does care about your claim.
For more information on the Disability process, please contact our office at: OhioSocialSecurityAttorney.net
Harry Bernstein – Attorney
50 Public Square – Suite 801
Cleveland, OH 44113
Applicants who are denied SSI benefits can appeal that decision, P.2
In the last post, this blog began a discussion of the complex appeals process that is available for people who are initially denied Supplemental Security Income benefits from the Social Security Administration. Much like the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits program, many applicants for benefits through the SSI program are denied at the initial determination of eligibility stage. Applicants for benefits through either program can appeal that initial denial of SSA benefits.
In the last post, this blog left off with the administrative law judge hearing stage of an SSI appeal. If the ALJ issues an applicant an adverse decision regarding SSI benefits, the applicant can take the appeal to the next level, which is before the Social Security Appeals Council.
The Social Security’s Appeals Council looks at all requests for review, however, the Appeals Council can deny a request for review. If a review is denied at the Appeals Council stage, the applicant will receive a letter explaining why the review has been denied. If the council declines to review the case, the applicant can take that decision to federal court for review.
If the Appeals Council accepts review, the review can take different forms. The council itself can look at the case and issue its decision, or the council can return the case to an administrative law judge for further consideration. Adverse decision at the Appeals Council stage of the appeal can be taken to federal court. Again, the process can take different turns in federal court.
The federal court judge can grant SSI benefits after the district court proceeding. However, the judge can remand the file back to an SSA ALJ or the Appeals Council for further consideration, or deny benefits at the federal court stage of the review.
Many applicants find the help of an experienced Florida Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income lawyer valuable when seeking SSA benefits. A seasoned Social Security attorney can help an applicant in assessing an individual situation and can help an applicant navigate through the complex SSA process.
Source: Social Security Administration, “Your Right To Question A Decision Made On Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claim,” Jan. 2011
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