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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How Social Security Assesses if Your Disability Affects Your Daily Activities
When applying for Social Security Disability, there are multiple factors the Social Security Administration (SSA) will use to decide to approve or deny a claim. This includes evaluating how your condition affects your activities of daily living or ADLs. ADLs are tasks done on a daily basis, such as cooking, cleaning, bathing, getting dressed, etc. […]
Can I Receive Social Security Disability for a Crush Injury?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates a variety of physical impairments for disability, including crush injuries. A hand or finger crush injury can leave you with decreased motion, a weakened grip and an inability to flex your fingers. This can make it difficult to perform most job duties. If you have suffered a crush injury […]
Can a Judge Approve My Disability Claim Prior to a Scheduled Hearing?
If you have a strong case for disability, you may be able to request an on the record (OTR) decision from the administrative law judge assigned to the case. With this request, you are asking the judge to review and approve your claim based only on the written medical information provided. In short, it can […]
What Happens When an Applicant Passes Away During the Disability Claims Process?
Unfortunately, many applicants pass away before receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Most are already suffering from severe impairments when they decide to apply for disability. The claims process can also take months or even years, depending on the wait time, to receive a decision and/or the number of […]