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Can My Social Media Posts Affect My Disability Claim?

Submitted by Eric on Fri, 05/21/2021 - 15:44

Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) which administers social security disability insurance (SSDI) and supplementary security income (SSI) benefits has recognized the roles social media like Facebook and Instagram can play in making decisions about disability benefit applications.

Many applicants don’t necessarily want their friends to know they are disabled so may feature themselves as being more able than they really are.

June 6th is National Cancer Survivors Day

Submitted by Eric on Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:27

When cells begin to divide rapidly and eventually spread throughout the body, cancer has begun to develop. Cancer takes on many forms, as well as different levels of severity.

If you suffer from cancer, you might qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. The key is to submit convincing evidence that cancer has negatively impacted your ability to make a living.

Applying For Disability Benefits When You Have Cancer

Submitted by Eric on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 17:35

If you have cancer, you may be unable to work and earn a living. Cancers of any kind or stage can be disabling. Even if your cancer is caught early on and is treatable, the treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation can be disabling and cause a variety of side effects that affect your ability to perform daily activities or work and earn a living.

Are There Any Ways to Speed Up My SSD Appeals Hearing?

Submitted by Eric on Thu, 05/10/2018 - 15:09

Due to the high volume of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications that cross the desk of the Social Security Administration (SSA), disability claimants often must wait a substantial amount of time for a decision on their claim.

Those who have already faced denials during the initial application and reconsideration process now await an appeals hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). The good news is that the majority of disability claims are won at this level.

What If My Disabling Condition Isn't In the Blue Book?

Submitted by Eric on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 17:32

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a medical guide, known as the Blue Book, to determine whether or not a condition is severe enough to warrant disability payments. The Blue Book is also often referred to as the Listing of Impairments.

Each condition in the Blue Book lists specific criteria and symptoms that you must have to be approved.

However, with thousands of variations of conditions, it is impossible to list them all in one place. Therefore, only the most common and severe impairments are listed in the Blue Book.

Why Doctors are Crucial When Applying for Disability Benefits

Submitted by Eric on Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:39

A good doctor is always necessary regardless of whether or not you apply for benefits. However, the Social Security system relies heavily on official medical evidence when determining disability. Without the help of a trusted physician, the application becomes extremely difficult.

Below are the top three reasons why working with a physician is necessary when applying for benefits.

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with the Blue Book

Submitted by Eric on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 13:45

Social Security disability benefits provide financial assistance for millions of Americans each year. In order to qualify, applicants must show that their disability is severe enough to prevent them from working or living independently.

Because of Social Security’s in-depth application process, it can be tricky to figure out how to qualify. Below, we will show you how you can measure your medical qualifications by comparing your diagnosis to the Blue Book.

How the Blue Book Works

Disability applicants qualify as disabled when they can show that their condition:

Can I get help with Form SSA 3368?

Submitted by Eric on Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:58

The Adult Disability Report form, which is also known as Form SSA 3368, is one of the first and most important forms of a disability claim. This report is the cornerstone of your disability application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and provides Disability Determination Services (DDS) with what they need to review your claim and make a decision on your eligibility for benefits.