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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Archives

Do I need a lawyer to help get me SSD benefits?

If you or a loved one is struggling with a medical disability, you may have options for getting financial assistance through Social Security benefits. Perhaps you have heard of SSD benefits and want to learn more, or maybe you applied for benefits and your application denied.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - CARES Initiative

People seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are having to endure longer and longer wait times for their hearings. I regularly update the average wait times for local hearing offices as well as issues affecting or causing the backlog. Recently, the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) announced a plan to speed up the hearings process for claimants awaiting a hearing in their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI claims.

Outcomes in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Claims

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims typically have one of two outcomes: Favorable (fully or partial) or Unfavorable - though various combination of benefits can occur. When a person applies for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), he or she typically files a dual claim: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both of these programs require that the person meet medical and certain non-medical requirements in order to qualify for benefits. SSDI requires that claimants pay in enough quarters of coverage over his/her lifetime and that a certain number of quarters have been paid in the years preceding the disability. SSI's non-medical requirement looks at the individual or family resources or income. Again, both programs require that the person meet the medical requirements for disability.

Social Security Disability (SSD) and Over 50 Claims

For workers over the age of 50, the gradual or sudden onset of a mental or physical disability can have significant professional consequences. Whether you work in manufacturing in Knoxville or in an office setting in a neighboring Tennessee community, managing your disability and the responsibilities of a job may be impossible.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Fraud Investigations

An increasing number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases are involving evidence from Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units. The Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes CDI Units to investigate allegations of fraud. The Units work in conjunction with the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as well as State Disability Determination Section offices, and local law enforcement agencies. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims most often involve CDI Unit investigations where a State Disability Examiner believes there are suspicious elements to the claim. The CDI Units also receive referrals from hearing offices, private citizens, anonymous sources, and law enforcement agencies. The investigations are not limited to initial claims, but also involve Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) where the SSA is looking at cutting off benefits to people currently receiving them.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Federal Court Remands

In Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases, people statistically find the greatest level of success at the hearing level where they appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). However, ALJs often make mistakes on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims that result in unfavorable decisions. If an ALJ denies a claim at the hearing level, the claimant first has to appeal to the Appeals Council and if unsuccessful there can file suit in Federal Court. When a claimant files in Federal Court following unfavorable administrative action by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the person is not asking the judge to find necessarily that he or she is disabled, but that the SSA erroneously decided his or her case. The SSA has recently released statistics showing the top ten reasons that Federal Courts remanded social security disability cases in the fiscal year of 2015.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Update on Attorney Advisor decisions

A reoccurring theme on my blog is the backlog at the hearing level for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims. I recently discussed that one of the factors in the backlog was the decrease in on-the-record (OTR) Fully Favorable Decision produced by attorney advisors (AA's) or known as senior attorneys. The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the National Hearing Office are tinkering with the programs in effort to reduce the hearing backlog for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Hearing Time Update

It has been since early October that I checked in on the processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for some hearing offices in Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - 2016 Numbers

Recently it was discussed that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2016 for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI beneficiaries. The COLA is important because it also sets other Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI-related amounts for 2016. For 2016 the following are amounts to remember:

How to Choose the Right Tennessee Attorney

Unfortunately, many at some point in their lives will need to hire an attorney for some issue. Whether you are buying a house, preparing your will, using a contractor that did you wrong, or, you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, suffered medical malpractice, or are disabled and need help with a long term disability claim or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. Just like in any profession, competency varies in the legal profession. But how do you go about finding a competent lawyer to handle your case?

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