The long wait for a Social Security hearing is a massive financial drain for most people. With no money coming in, or just minimal state aid, a lot of people wonder how to pay for rent, utilities, and groceries.
A number of my clients have asked me if they can try to get a job.
Attorney Jonathan Ginsberg tackles this common question: Continue reading Should I work while waiting for my Social Security hearing?
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
A lot of people ask me how Social Security decided if they are disabled.
I can’t do the work I have done for 35 years. Am I disabled?
I stopped working to take care of a family member, but now I am sick. Am I disabled?
I got hurt at work, then they fired me. I keep applying for jobs, but there just isn’t much work around here. Am I disabled?
The doctor tells me I will probably need serious surgery later on. Am I disabled?
I will need to be on medication for the rest of my life. Am I disabled?
Continue reading How will Social Security decide if you are disabled
A number of people responded to my prior post about “substantial gainful activity” amounts. To briefly review: the general rule is that you cannot earn more than the substantial gainful activity amounts to be found disabled.
What do I do if I am earning more than the substantial gainful activity amount? Does than mean I cannot get Social Security disability benefits?!?
Continue reading How to get Social Security disability even if you earn too much
Previously, when talking about how Social Security defines disability we used the quick and dirty definition of being unable to do some kind of full time work. And that is a good rule of thumb.
However, it does not always work. So, now it is time to put on the big boy pants and look at the real definition of disability under the Social Security Act. JARGON WARNING. Continue reading Social Security “substantial gainful activity” EXPLAINED!
Under Social Security regulations, disability is the inability to engage in a “substantial gainful activity.” This means if you want to win your Social Security disability case, you have to show that your impairments prevent you from being able to work.
More specifically: Continue reading Am I disabled, can I get Social Security disability?
In order to qualify for disability benefits under Social Security you have to be found disabled.
Well, thank you Captain Obvious.
Ok. But, what does it mean to be disabled?
- Are symptoms enough?
- How about limitations?
- Is a diagnosis, itself, enough?
Continue reading How do I prove I’m disabled for Social Security