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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
How Will Social Security Disability Benefits Change in 2021?
Each year in October, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reveals its annual changes to the Social Security program for the coming year. This includes, but is not limited to, updates on earned income limits and monthly benefit amounts for recipients. It is in your best interest to stay up-to-date with Social Security's changes in 2021 […]
Arguing Your Case Successfully at a Social Security Disability Hearing
If your application for Social Security Disability benefits was initially denied, a disability hearing is your first step in the appeals process. It is your next opportunity to have the merit of your case evaluated and to explain why you need disability benefits. While you may feel nervous about it, this hearing gives you another […]
Is Age a Factor in Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?
The short answer is yes. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has some basic age categories that are used to decide whether or not to award disability benefits. For instance, the SSA will look at someone's age as a determining factor if his or her medical condition does not meet their listing of impairments. Below, Dayes […]