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Witness Letters for Your Social Security Disability Hearing

July 6th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

Applying for disability benefits can be a very lengthy and complicated process for many Americans. If you or a loved one has previously applied for SSDI benefits and been denied, you have the right to appeal the original decision made by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In many cases, those who follow through with the […]

How Marriage Affects SSDI Benefits?

June 8th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

Being married won’t affect SSI benefits you are already receiving but a new spouse who has an income will likely reduce your monthly benefit payment or even make you ineligible to receive benefits. The Social Security Administration calls this type of benefits adjustment “deeming spousal income“. When two people marry and both are receiving SSI […]

Is Alcohol or Drug Use a Contributing Factor to the Impairment?

May 28th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

If you have a debilitating physical problem or a psychological/mental problem and suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction, you may be qualify for Social Security disability. However, if the Social Security Administration thinks your disability will improve if you stop drinking or taking drugs, your claim may be denied. In other words, the SSA denies […]

Why Is the Alleged Onset Date so Important?

April 20th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

When an SSD decision is made, the Social Security Administration will use the “alleged onset date” as a factor weighing heavily in deciding retroactive payments. Also called the “disability onset date,” the alleged onset date describes the date that applicants claim their disability began interfering with their ability to work and earn a living. To […]

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Liver Disease, Alcoholism & Social Security Disability

April 16th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book characterizes liver disease as anything causing liver inflammation, scarring (cirrhosis or fibrosis) or liver cell death (necrosis). For someone with alcoholic liver disease to be considered possibly eligible for Social Security disability, they must have suffered from liver disease for at least six months. SSA’s Blue Book further defines […]

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Tips for Winning SSI Benefits

March 14th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

It is no secret that applying for Social Security Insurance (SSI) benefits is an arduous task that can be fraught with many pitfalls along the way. At the end of the process, most claims are denied for one reason or another the first time they are submitted. If you need to apply for benefits, here […]

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Filing a Request for Social Security Disability Reconsideration

March 9th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

For many people, applying for Social Security Disability is kind of a long-shot. Considering the fact that about 70% of all applicants are denied disability the first time they apply, you can see that it is not easy. So, if you have applied for disability, and you were denied, you should take heart in the […]

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How is a cognitive disability considered severe?

March 1st, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

When it comes to an intellectual disability, the spectrum can be broad and range from high-functioning people who can live on their own, to those who have a severe cognitive disability. Considering the spectrum, there are qualifications as to what is considered severe, regarding cognitive disabilities. If your condition is so severe that you cannot […]

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What Impairments are Eligible for Social Security Benefits

February 26th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

The Social Security Administration (SSA), has a long list of impairments that can qualify for disability benefits. The best way to find out for sure what qualifies, is to read through the SSA’s impairment listing manual, which is often referred to as the “Blue Book.” The things that make it into the listings are varied […]

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Can I Collect Social Security Disability and My Pension?

February 15th, 2018 Scott S. London 0 comments

Social Security Disability is a program that has helped many Americans make ends meet over the years when they have been unable to do so themselves due to injury, illness or disability. While it can be difficult to get approved for benefits, knowing those benefits are there and available if needed has been a game-changer […]