Can an Alcoholic or Drug Addicted Person Win Disability Benefits?

March 4, 2011

Technically, Congress has put into place a rule that prohibits Social Security from paying disability benefits on the basis of alcoholism or drug addiction alone.  However, if a person has other existing physical or mental impairments that are severe in nature, and which can be documented by medical evidence, they can possibly win their disability claim even […]

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Can I Appeal a Judge’s Denial of My Claim?

March 2, 2011

You are permitted to appeal the judge’s decision of your Social Security disability Supplemental Security Income claims within 60 days of the written denial letter for any of the following reasons: There appears to be an abuse of discretion by the administrative law judge There is an error of law The action, findings or conclusions of […]

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What Happens When You Have More then One Medical Condition?

February 14, 2011

During the processing of your disability claim, Social Security will consider all of the medical conditions which you believe have disabled you.  While one medical condition may not be disabling by itself, the combined affects of more then one medical condition may be disabling under the rules.  Social Security is supposed to fairly consider the combination of all health […]

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Can I Get an Expedited Hearing?

February 10, 2011

In order to expedite a Social Security hearing for your disability benefits before an Administrative Law Judge, you would need to send a letter to the chief judge of your local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review requesting an expedited hearing.  You would need to explain in your letter the reason why you need an expedited […]

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Do You Have to Pay Back Welfare?

February 2, 2011

If you were receiving cash assistance from welfare prior to receiving an award of your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, you will be required to reimburse welfare for the cash they paid to you.  Prior to the issuance of SSI back benefits, the Social Security Administration will ask welfare for the exact amount of cash assistance that they paid to you.  […]

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Can You Work While Receiving Disability Benefits?

January 31, 2011

The answer to this question is yes, but with stipulations. Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) is defined by Social Security as follows:  “The term ‘substantial gainful activity’ is used to describe a level of work activity and earnings.  Work is ‘substantial’ if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. For […]

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When Can You File Your Claim?

January 26, 2011

You can file your Social Security disability claim the very same day that you become disabled and are no longer able to work.  Many people make the mistake of waiting months and even years after becoming disabled before they file.  If a person is suffering from an illness or injury that is not expected to […]

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