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How Much Can I Expect In SSDI Payments?
You could earn up to $3,148/month in SSDI benefits.
SSD hearing win rates vary state by state. Within each state they can vary by hearing office. Within each hearing office, they can vary drastically by ALJ.
Every decision-maker goes through a 5-step evaluation process (grid rules) when deciding
whether or not an individual is “disabled” as defined by the SSA.
What is the purpose of COLA? The purpose of the Cost of Living Adjustment (“COLA”) is to ensure that the purchasing power of SSD and SSI benefits are not eroded over time by inflation. COLAs are...
There are a few things that you can do speed up the process to get disability faster. Unfortunately the process of obtaining disability benefits can be extremely lengthy. If your claim needs to go...
The Starter Kit to Apply for SSDI It is not particularly difficult to apply for SSDI as long as you are fully prepared prior to starting your application. The Social Security Administration has...
How do you become eligible for Social Security? Generally, the Social Security Administration (“SSA” or “the Administration”) pays benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of one or more serious medical conditions.
SSDI claims are denied often. This question is typically asked because a claimant wants to know, “What are my odds of winning?”.
You are always allowed to fire your disability attorney, but that does not necessarily mean that you should. The process will be much smoother if you stay with the same attorney from start to finish so be sure to select a good attorney at the beginning.
We will break down each type of social security benefits for you and how it can affect eligibility.
Generally speaking, you do not have to pay taxes on Social Security disability benefits. The only time that you might have to is if you have other substantial income in addition to your benefits.
Although living with someone while on SSDI does not impact your SSDI benefit, living with someone while on SSI could impact an SSI benefit.
If you are found eligible for SSDI benefits, the dollar amount that you receive monthly is based on the amount that you have paid into the Social Security system.
Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?
In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must satisfy both a non-medical and a medical test.
In order to satisfy the non-medical test, you need to have worked in a covered job long enough to accumulate enough work credits.
The second test, the medical test, requires you to have a condition(s) that satisfies the Social Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of disability and has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 consecutive months.
Generally speaking, this program will provide you with a monthly benefit in the event that you become unable to work.
What are my chances of winning a disability claim?
The response is always, “It depends.” The table linked here shows the average chance of winning a disability claim at each level of the process.
What are my chances of winning a disability appeal?
There are two types of disability appeals: Appeals Council Repeal and Federal Appeal
Appeals Council Repeal
Claimants are awarded approximately 1% of the time at this level.
An additional 9% of claimants have their case remanded (sent back) to the original ALJ who made the hearing level denial. These remands may be for further development on a particular issue or to correct a procedural error made in the hearing level decision. Generally speaking, judges do not like to have another judge tell them that they made a mistake. Hearing level ALJs will often just re-deny appeals council remands. As a result, having your claim remanded is not always the best result. The goal at this level is often to get denied, which allows a claimant to appeal in federal court.
At this level, you are suing the Social Security Administration in Federal Court. The odds of winning at this level are approximately 2%, which is hardly better than at the Appeals Council. Federal judges; however, remand (send back) approximately half of these claims for a further evaluation of issues that were improperly considered at the prior hearing.