This week, Disability Tips looks at the stages and appeals in Social Security disability cases: application, reconsideration, hearing, appeals council and beyond! We also discuss:
Give it a listen: Continue reading Stages in a Social Security disability case EXPLAINED!
This week’s Disability Tips goes in depth on several of the “am I disabled” questions that frequently come up:
- I’m hurt, can I get Social Security disability benefits to go back to school?
- I can’t get hired. Am I disabled?
- I can’t do my old job. Am I disabled?
- I can’t do my regular well paid job. Am I disabled if I can only do a minimum wage job?
- I can’t get hired because of my criminal record. Am I disabled?
I hope you like it! Continue reading Can I Get Social Security Disability if I have …
Ever feel ignored by your Social Security disability lawyer? Or, can’t remember the first thing about your case?
- What happens after you hire a Social Security disability lawyer or law firm?
- Is your representative really working on your case?
- Has your case been outsourced?
- Who gets to see your medical records?
- What does an attorney do between appointments?
- Who’s really worse: lawyers or used car salesmen?
This week’s Disability Tips discusses how Social Security law firms REALLY run! Continue reading How Social Security law firms REALLY work
This week’s Disability Tips addresses the taxability of Social Security disability benefits, both for federal and state taxes.
Listen in for a list of states which may impose an income tax on your Social Security disability benefits. Also, find out how disability impacts the Earned Income Tax Credit and the exceptions for disabled children.
Disability Tips also looks at Social Security roll-back of the “secret administrative law judge” program. Hear why the program was bad for disabled Social Security applicants, the lawyers who represent them and even the judges who hear cases. Continue reading Are Social Security disability benefits taxable AND in which states?
This week’s episode of Disability Tips covers what to do if you are fired by your disability lawyer.
There are a number of Social Security disability lawyers and law firms out there that are happy to take a case. However, when it comes to get ready for a hearing, they decide that the chances of winning are too low (and too much of a risk to their win / loss record). So, they drop the case (and the client).
However, you cannot afford that same luxury. You would not be applying for disability if you had other options. You still have to go on and try to prove your case. This week’s episode covers:
- How to request your file.
- What to do if your lawyer refuses or delays releasing your file.
- What to do if your lawyer wants to charge for the file.
- What you should also get from your lawyer.
Continue reading Fired by your Social Security disability lawyer?
Today’s Disability Tips reviews the mistakes and pitfalls that can occur when you handle your own Social Security disability case.
Oh-ho-ho! There are some doozies here! Continue reading Mistakes and pitfalls in Social Security disability cases
Whether you are trying to get Social Security disability benefits without a lawyer or working with an attorney, you may have to get your own medical records.
Episode 2 of Disability Tips walks you through how to get your records from your doctor’s office including the following:
- When to request medical records?
- What medical records to ask for?
- How far back to go?
- How to save your hard-earned money when requesting records (and especially hospital medical records).
Continue reading How to Request Medical Records for Social Security Disability
While medical records are the main source of Social Security disability evidence, lots of people stop there. The sad truth is medical records often are not enough to win disability benefits.
And, if you have no health insurance, you may not even be able to see a doctor (and medical records may not be an option). So, whether your goal is to strengthen your disability claim, or you need alternative sources of evidence, you may need to think outside the box. Continue reading Overlooked Social Security evidence
If you have been approved for Social Security disability (Title 2 – Social Security Disability Insurance), you already know Social Security Medicare health insurance does not start until you receive 24 months of disability benefits.*
While this waiting period includes back period months, many people still have to wait a year or longer to become eligible for Medicare. So, you have some money coming in from Social Security. However it is not enough to get private health insurance. And, you may be getting too much in monthly Social Security benefits to be eligible for Medicaid. So, how do you bridge the Social Security Medicare health insurance waiting period? Continue reading Bridging the Social Security Medicare waiting period
What information will you need to apply for Social Security disability benefits?
The truth is Social Security requires a lot of information when you apply for Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI): from your education background and work history (job titles, how long you worked, and any accommodations you were given) to information about your doctors and the medications and tests prescribed. Social Security even asks for information about your current and past marriages.
Here is an easy visual guide of the information you have to give to Social Security when you apply.
Continue reading What you need to apply for Social Security disability infographic