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How Do I Know if My Disability Hearing Went Well?

Most claimants feel a sense of relief after a disability hearing. They have submitted all the relevant medical evidence, attended doctor visits and followed treatment, and prepared for the administrative law judge’s (ALJ) line of questioning. In an ideal situation, the ALJ reaches a favorable decision at the end of the hearing. However, the reality […]

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SSDI and SSI Benefits for Individuals With Lyme Disease

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits to individuals who have become too disabled to work due to a severe injury or illness. To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must prove that your symptoms significantly limit your ability to work. This process can be rather straightforward […]

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Qualifying for Social Security Disability While Attending a Rehab Clinic

The overall goal of a rehabilitation facility is to help individuals get to the point where they can live and function on their own after an injury, illness or surgery. These facilities focus on providing short-term care to aid patients in recovering and transitioning back to normal life. If you are attending a rehab clinic […]

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What Changes Are Coming to Social Security Benefits in 2022?

October is the month the Social Security Administration (SSA) announces its upcoming changes to Social Security. About 70 million people in the U.S. receive Social Security, from retired to disabled workers. In 2022, these changes include new earning limits and an increase in monthly benefits for recipients. It is important to stay informed of any […]

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Will I Need to Testify at My Social Security Disability Hearing?

The general answer is yes. The majority of claimants will need to testify at their Social Security Disability hearing. This hearing is your best chance at being approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Not testifying about how your condition has affected your ability to work and perform day-to-day […]

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Can I Receive SSDI Benefits for an Arm Injury That Did Not Properly Heal?

It is difficult to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for arm injuries because they normally heal within several weeks or months. However, if you have a broken arm that did not properly heal, you may be eligible for disability if it prevents you from working and will take longer than a year to recover. […]

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Will Refusing Surgery Affect My Eligibility for Disability Benefits?

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, it is important to seek a doctor’s care and follow his or her treatment recommendations. This may include getting surgery to help fix your impairment. If you refuse to have a procedure performed, this may result in a disability […]

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Tricky Questions to Prepare for at a Disability Appeal Hearing

At Dayes Law Firm, we represent clients throughout the disability claims process and at all stages of the appeals process if denied benefits. This includes attending a disability appeal hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). For many claimants, having to answer an ALJ’s questions can be rather intimidating. What you say at […]

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Is There a Way to Pre-Screen Eligibility for Social Security Disability?

It is hard to be certain whether you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits until you file a disability claim. However, there is an easy way to pre-screen your eligibility status. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is a free online survey offered by the Social Security […]

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Can Certain Life Changes Increase a Disability Recipients Benefits?

Sometimes a disability recipient's circumstances may change after they have applied or become eligible for benefits. If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), certain life changes may increase your benefits. For instance, you may be eligible for a higher benefit amount based on your own earnings or a […]

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