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Not Going to a Social Security Disability Consultative Examination (CE) is a Mistake

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A Consultative Examination (CE) is a doctor’s exam that the Social Security Administration (SSA) or state Disability Determination Service (DDS) agency is paying for, and scheduling you for so that they have more medical evidence to evaluate your claim.  If the DDS or SSA has scheduled you for a CE it is essential that you [...]

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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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What is Past Relevant Work (PRW)?

If SSA decides you do not meet a listing, then your case proceeds on to step four of the five-step disability evaluation process.  At step four Social Security considers whether you can return to your Past Relevant Work, or “PRW” for short. Social Security will ask you for details about your past work at the [...]

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A Little Back Pain is not enough to Win Social Security Disability

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Because there is so much potential for abuse with people falsely claiming that they are so severely disabled that they cannot work, the Social Security administration has instituted stringent standards for approval for anyone applying for Social Security Disability. Back pain can certainly be a serious medical condition that can make it very difficult or [...]

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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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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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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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Appealing a Social Security Disability Decision

If you receive a letter denying your disability benefits the letter should also include instructions on how to appeal.  You must appeal within 60 days from the date of the decision.  It’s best to appeal as soon as possible rather than waiting for the deadline to approach. Failing to appeal a denial of your benefits [...]

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