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 […]
Muscle and Ligament Disorders Covered by Social Security Disability
Musculoskeletal disorders affect the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments. Many people suffer from severe muscle and ligament problems that make it difficult or impossible to continue working. There are numerous musculoskeletal disorders that may qualify you for Social Security Disability (SSD), as long as your symptoms are serious enough and you have sufficient medical evidence […]
How Can a Pre-hearing Brief Help My Disability Appeal?
A disability claim often contains hundreds of pages of medical evidence that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is expected to review prior to a hearing. To avoid any evidence being overlooked, a written brief to the ALJ before your hearing can allow you to showcase important evidence, clarify any concerns and help you get better […]
Filing for SSD for an Amputation
Amputation, such as the loss of an arm, hand, leg or foot, can be caused from complications due to an existing disease, infection or a traumatic accident on the job. If you have suffered an amputation that renders you unable to work, you may be eligible to obtain Social Security Disability under certain circumstances. Not all […]
Skin Disorders That Qualify for Disability Benefits
Certain skin disorders can cause immense pain and discomfort, which can make it difficult to perform daily activities and work. Many skin disorders are severe enough to be completely disabling. If you suffer from a serious skin disorder, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). A Social Security Disability […]