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Three common questions about Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that is designed to offer financial assistance to those with certain disabilities that are unable to work. In order to qualify, applicants must meet certain requirements.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Evaluating Symptoms

Last week, I discussed how the Social Security Administration evaluates Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims.  This week I want to briefly discuss how the SSA evaluates subjective symptoms by claimants in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases.  The SSA evaluates symptoms, including pain and fatigue, and the extent to which the symptoms can be accepted as consistent with the objective medical evidence. Cases are won and lost on the determination of the validity, extent, and effect of a claimant's symptoms, such as pain and fatigue.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Evaluating Claims

Whenever I meet with a potential Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) client, again prior to his or her hearing, I find it helpful to discuss how the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates claims for disability.  In terms of meeting the medical requirements, the SSA utilizes the same process for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims as it does for SSI claims.  The SSA calls the process the five-step sequential evaluation.  The evaluation is done in order and if a decision to approve or deny can be made at any step then the evaluation stops.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Childhood Liver Disease

I am preparing for a childhood Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearing for a young girl with a very serious liver disorder. As discussed previously, childhood SSI benefits are decided under different rules than utilized for adult Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. The requirements are actually more stringent. The SSA determines whether the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Interstitial Cytitis (IC)

Periodically, the Social Security Administration (SSA) produces "rulings" that clarify or discuss some policy or regulation regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI.  For instance, in 2014 the SSA releases SSR 14-1 dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  SSR 15-1p rescinds and replaces SSR 02-2p: "Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Interstitial Cystitis."

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - New Rules on Submission of Evidence

Attention claimants and representatives regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims!  The SSA published the final rules on the submission of adverse evidence in disability claims.  The final rules amend both the regulations on "Evidence of your impairment" (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1512 and 416.912 and the "Rules of Conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives" (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1740 and 416.1540).

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Amputations and childhood benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available for a child who has suffered from a serious injury requiring an amputation. As part of continuing series on childhood SSI or disability involving the musculoskeletal systems, I am going to focus on the listing for amputations this week.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Ischemic Heart Disease

A person may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on certain heart conditions. Recently, I discussed eligibility based on Chronic Heart Failure (CHF). This week I am going to focus on the Social Security Administration's evaluation when a person suffers from ischemic heart disease.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Chronic Heart Failure

     A person may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) based on severe, such as chronic heart failure. If a person is not working and has been diagnosed with this severe condition, the Social Security Administration will determine whether the person is disabled under a listing or whether jobs exists considering the person's residual abilities.

Railroad Retirement Board Disability

     In addition to SSD claims, our office handles Railroad Retirement Board claims.  Injured or disabled employees of a railroad can apply to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) for disability. The RRB administers the program and some of the benefits and procedures mirror the Social Security Administration's disability program and benefits. For railroad employees there are several benefits that the worker or his dependents should look at in terms of eligibility.

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