Joint pain, especially in the wrists, can be caused by long-term, repetitive stress to the bones. For those suffering from severe or chronic joint pain, it can be difficult to work or perform daily activities. When this happens, Social Security Disability may be available. There are certain factors the Social Security Administration (SSA) will need […]
Can I Work With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Still Receive Disability Benefits?
To be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), your condition must be severe enough to impact your ability to do daily tasks and work. This means that if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, it must keep you from working to qualify for disability benefits. The Social Security Disability Insurance […]
Options If You Cannot Appear or Afford to Attend a Disability Hearing
If you have appealed your disability claim and your request for reconsideration was also denied, a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the next step. The ALJ will generally hold the hearing within 75 miles from your home. However, this can be a problem for disability applicants who do not live nearby, have […]
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 […]
How a Lawyer Establishes a Disability Case at an Appeals Hearing
The key to having a successful appeals hearing to obtain disability benefits is ensuring that your claim is fully developed and a clear theory of disability is established to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). A theory of disability needs to be well-supported with medical evidence that is consistent with your testimony and presented in a […]
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 […]
Am I Required to Attend a Social Security Disability Hearing?
If an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) schedules a hearing, you should attend. A disability hearing is your best shot at getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you fail to attend your scheduled hearing, your request for a hearing may be dismissed. This is why it is […]
Would Having a Lawyer Improve the Outcome of My Disability Hearing?
Most applicants who are initially denied disability benefits may not realize that being represented at the hearing level of the appeals process are twice as likely to be approved than an unrepresented applicant. A disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ) will require submitting detailed medical evidence, putting together a statement of your disability, […]
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 […]
Obtaining a Letter From Your Doctor to Support Your Disability Case
Medical records are one of the most important components of a disability claim. Aside from providing these records to help prove the extent of your disability, a letter of support from your doctor can go a long way toward qualifying you for disability benefits during the appeals process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) could get […]