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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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Average Processing Time for Social Security Disability and SSI

The average processing time for a Social Security Disability or SSI claim varies depending on your geographical location.  Once your initial application is complete, it may take from three to five months before you receive a disability determination from the Social Security Administration. If you are denied at this point, you have a right to […]

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Social Security Disability Insurance Eligibility

There are two programs under the Social Security Administration that enable individuals to receive benefits when they are deemed to have met Social Security’s definition of disability—that is, when an individual is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to […]

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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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Get a Fresh Start with SSI

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Not everyone will be able to file for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) because you need to have a strong work history.  SSI, however, does not require a work history at all.  So long as you meet the resource eligibility guidelines  you can file for SSI. Both programs, DIB & SSI, are run by […]

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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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When is the Best Time to Apply for Social Security Benefits?

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You should apply for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits when your health no longer allows you to work at the level of Substantial Gainful Activity.  Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) is defined as work that is both “substantial” and “gainful.”  “Substantial” means work that involves significant physical or mental activities and “gainful” […]

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