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Should I Appeal My Denied Disability Claim to the Appeals Council?

If your disability claim is denied again after a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), you have the right to file an appeal with the Appeals Council. This must be done within 60 days from the date of the ALJ’s decision. The Appeals Council will either grant, deny or dismiss your request […]

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Can I File a Disability Claim for Arthritis in the Back or Spine?

If you have arthritis in the back or spine, it can cause severe pain and limit your mobility. Any kind of spinal condition can disrupt your ability to function on a daily basis. If you cannot work due to spinal arthritis, you may be able to qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration […]

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How Can I Verify My Eligibility for Benefits and the Income I Am Receiving?

In certain situations, Social Security Disability recipients may find themselves needing to verify their eligibility for benefits and provide proof of the income they are receiving. When this happens, they will need to request a Benefit Verification letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Benefit Verification letters, sometimes referred to as “budget letters,” as “benefit […]

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Is There More Than One Type of Past Due Disability Payments I Can Receive?

The time it takes to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and get approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be long and the process is difficult. Fortunately, you may be eligible to receive past due payments to compensate you for the months you were waiting for a decision on your claim.   […]

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What Role Does a Treating Doctor Play in Disability Determinations?

Medical records are key to be eligible for Social Security Disability. However, a treating doctor can also play an important role in a claimant’s ability to obtain disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may consider a treating doctor’s opinions and recommendations when evaluating disability claims as long as it is well-supported by medical evidence. […]

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The Importance of Protective Filing Dates for Disability Claims

The first time you contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) with your intent to apply for disability, a protective filing date will be established for you. This date can affect the amount of benefits you may be able to receive from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The protective […]

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How Severe Does My Psoriatic Arthritis Need to Be to Qualify for Disability?

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that can cause joint pain, stiffness and swelling. The symptoms can be quite debilitating depending on the severity of the disease. Intense flare-ups can interfere with your quality of life and ability to complete everyday tasks, including work.   If your symptoms are impacting your job performance, you […]

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Can I Get a Different Disability Examiner to Review My Claim?

Most people who initially apply for Social Security Disability get denied. However, that should not deter anyone from pursuing the disability benefits they need and may be eligible to receive. If your disability claim has been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you have the right to appeal the decision. The first step of […]

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Is it Possible to Collect Military Retirement and Social Security Benefits?

The short answer is yes. It is possible to collect military retirement pay and Social Security benefits. Generally, your military pension will not impact your Social Security earnings. Survivors receiving military benefits, however, may see a difference in the survivors' benefits they can receive from Social Security. If you have any questions about your benefits […]

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How Can Keeping a Journal Strengthen My Claim for Disability?

When applying for disability benefits, one method often overlooked to help strengthen a claim is keeping a journal that details the extent of your condition and how it affects your daily life. At Dayes Law Firm, we recommend that applicants keep track of the pain, suffering and physical limitations of their disability to increase their […]

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