Social Security Disability Blogs

Workers’ Compensation Settlements and Social Security Disability Offsets

Posted by: Admin on January 6, 2015

In some cases, the hard fought efforts at negotiating a favorable workers’ compensation settlement is only the beginning of the battle. Having negotiated a good settlement, the last thing a workers’ compensation practitioner wants is an angry client, frustrated that his or her workers’ compensation settlement results in a substantial reduction in his or her client’s Social Security Insurance disability benefits (DIB). If a client is receiving DIB, or maybe eligible in future for this benefit, thoughtful efforts must be put into drafting an agreement to ensure the injured worker’s DIB potential offset is minimized or eliminated.

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What To Expect At My Social Security Disability Hearing

Posted by: Admin on April 29, 2014

A Social Security disability hearing is typically about 45 minutes long, but could be as short as 5 minutes or take over an hour.  The hearing is adjudicated by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”).  In addition to the claimant, the claimant’s attorney and the ALJ, a court reporter and possibly a medical and/or vocational expert...

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Some Social Security Disability Applicants Can Be Approved Within Weeks

Posted by: Admin on March 18, 2014

As we discussed in a previous blog post, the Social Security Disability (SSD) application process usually takes several months, even in the best of circumstances. If your application is denied ― and more than half of applications are denied on the first round of review ― it can take months, or even several years, to...

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Social Security Disability — How to Make Your Case

Posted by: Admin on February 26, 2014

If you have suffered a debilitating injury or medical diagnosis and cannot work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But proving your disability will require you meet strict criteria, file a boatload of documentation and perhaps take two or three runs at attaining approval before claiming victory. What are the requirements…

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How Age Plays a Role in Social Security Disability Determinations

Posted by: Admin on February 13, 2014

Age can be a significant factor when a Social Security Administration adjudicator determines if a claimant is disabled. Generally speaking the younger the claimant, the more difficult it is for the claimant to receive Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has created four age categories: • Claimants under 50 are defined as Younger Individuals• Claimants…

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Five Social Security Disability Myths

Posted by: Admin on January 14, 2014

Chances are somebody you know has a personal story about recovering Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, you may be left with a patchwork of information that is more myth than reality. And uncovering the truth can require you to dig through layers of complex regulations and convoluted policies. The Ohio State Bar Association helps…

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How Does the Social Security Administration Define “Disability?”

Posted by: Admin on September 26, 2013

How does the Social Security Administration define disability? Social Security defines disability differently than other programs such as Veterans Affairs and Workers’ Compensation. Social Security defines disability as: 1. a person’s inability to work, 2. as a result of one or more medical condition, either physical or mental, 3. that has lasted or is expected to last for...

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Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income: Understanding the Difference

Posted by: Admin on July 25, 2013

Our firm assists clients receive entitled benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In addition to SSDI, the federal government provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people in need. What is the difference between these two important programs? A primary difference between SSDI and SSI is the means by which the two programs are funded…

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Navigating Social Security Disability

Posted by: Admin on December 11, 2012

Most first-time applicants are turned down for Social Security Disability. The likelihood of your application’s approval increases significantly when you allow our experienced Ohio Social Security Disability attorneys to file your application on your behalf. Social Security Disability Insurance If you are covered under Social Security Disability Insurance — meaning you have worked a prescribed…

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Top Tips for Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by: Admin on September 11, 2012

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a long and frustrating process. There are mountains of paperwork to be completed that can be both tedious and complicated. To make matters worse, approximately two-thirds of SSD benefit applications are turned down after the first submission. If you hope to beat the odds, SSD experts…

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