Dirk May’s Social Security Blog has an interesting post on whether to get your Congresscritter involved when you want to speed up your Social Security disability or SSI claim.
… judges, office managers and case reviewers often get defensive if they think someone is looking over their shoulder pushing a case. … multiple calls from the congressperson’s office probably do not help your case. I have seen Judge’s take a hard line on certain cases, and I am left wondering if this is because a congressional office pushed too hard.”
Continue reading Should you get your Congressperson involved on your Social Security disability case?
Gordon Gates wrote a great article outlining when “critical cases” get moved to the front of the line at Social Security.
Critical cases get priority because they are the most serious claims. There are three situations that constitute critical cases: 1) the claimant’s illness is terminal, 2) there is an indication that the claimant is suicidal or homicidal, and 3) dire need.
What is “dire need?” HALLEX I-2-1-40 sets out the requirements: Continue reading Speeding up a Social Security case for dire need
I was recently asked where Vocational Experts get their information from?
There a number of sources Vocational Experts use:
- The Dictionary of Occupational Titles
- Selected Characteristics of Occupations
- Job surveys performed by the Vocational Expert
- Services Vocational Experts sign up for which provide job titles, requirements and national and regional job numbers.
If you are working with a lawyer, he or she probably has at least some of these and can verify the skill level, exertional and non-exertional requirements of a jobs the Vocational Expert testified about.
I was recently asked the following:
I had my hearing today. The judge had a vocational rep come in to testify. He said I had two job options.
… I live in a small town that probably does not offer the two jobs the vocational expert said I could do.
Can the judge deny me for being able to do jobs that don’t exist in my town?
First, keep in mind that the Vocational Expert testifies about two things: Continue reading Social Security vocational expert voodoo
I was recently asked if you will still receive your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you move to a different state. I understand the fear of moving to a different state when you rely on SSI benefits to make it month to month.
Fortunately, the general answer is yes.
Social Security is a national program. Whether you are receiving Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, your benefits continue even if you move to a different state.
However, the following states provide additional benefits and supplement SSI benefits: Continue reading Will my SSI benefits continue if I move to a different state?
There are times when dealing with a large company is great: buying a car, for example. You do not want to be working with “Joe’s Car Hut.” But any legal matter, especially a Social Security disability claim, needs a personal touch.
I have heard many people who worked with a national firm, tell me that the first time they met their attorney was at the hearing! That is unacceptable!
Continue reading Social Security attorneys: small town lawyers vs national law firms
If your Social Security case is denied after a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you have a couple of options:
Option 1: Appeal the ALJ’s decision to the Social Security Appeals Council
To do this, you need to file form HA-520-U5 “Request for Review of Hearing Decision/Order.”
One benefit of appealing is that it preserves your entitlement to past benefits. Continue reading Denied at your Social Security hearing? What you can do now
Here is a popular question:
I’m on SSI, do I have to tell Social Security about an inheritance/settlement I am getting?
The answer is simple: Continue reading Social Security SSI, Settlements/Inheritance, and Special Needs Trusts
Social Security has two different benefit programs for individuals who are disabled.
- Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB, also known as SSDI, or Title 2 benefits); and
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI or Title 16 benefits).
Because of its name, it is a common misconception that must apply for “Disability Insurance” if you are disabled. Actually, both programs provide disability benefits.
So, what’s the difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Read on!
Continue reading Social Security Disability vs Supplemental Security Income
Here is part 2 of my discussion with attorney Jonathan Ginsberg as part of his SSDRadio podcast.
In case you missed it, here is part 1.