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I Was Approved for VA Disability, Will I Also be Approved for Social Security Disability?

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Being approved for VA benefits does not mean your social security disability claim will be approved.  The VA approves or denies benefits based whether the impairment originated while the claimant was engaged in military service and gives percentages as to the level of disability. Social security disability claims are based on the severity of the […]

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How to get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?

You are considered disabled once you have proved your inability to work.  This can be proved either by establishing, through valid and reliable medical evidence, that you have been diagnosed with a medical condition or a combination of medical conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has found to be per se disabling or by […]

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Assuming the Social Security Administration Knows Everything about You is a Mistake

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Millions of people file for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) every year.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has difficulty processing these claims quickly, largely because they are understaffed.  For the SSA to keep up they need people who file for benefits, or their legal representatives, to do much of the work in […]

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Questions Asked During a Disability Hearing

In a typical disability hearing the judge and your attorney will take your testimony.  The questions they will ask fall into four broad categories: 1) background information, 2) work history, 3) medical conditions and symptoms, and 4) activities of daily living. Background questions provide the judge general information about you.  This includes items such as […]

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What Does Social Security Mean by “Other Work”?

If Social Security does not believe that you meet or equal a disability listing or are disabled under a grid rule, they will award your case only if they believe you cannot do your past work or “other work”. What kinds of jobs does Social Security look at to decide if you can do other […]

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What Can You Expect If You Win Social Security Disability Benefits?

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Winning Social Security Disability benefits can be a huge help to most people.  As a disability lawyer I am in the business of helping people win their benefits, so I often hear questions about what exactly you get when you win.  Here are the details of the Social Security Disability program. When You Win Social […]

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Not Following Your Doctor’s Orders on Medications & Treatment is a Mistake

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The laws of the Social Security Administration (SSA) that are used to decide if you are disabled are detailed and complex.  However some rules are pretty easy to understand. If you are considering filing for disability benefits it’s important that you understand that you should be doing everything you can to get well enough to […]

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Not Getting Status Updates Of Your Social Security Disability or SSI Case is a Mistake

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) and state Disability Determination Service (DDS) agencies that handle your Social Security Disability application are understaffed and cannot keep up with all the work they have.  This is the reason for the delays in getting a decision in disability cases.  Although much of the delay is due to the under […]

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