SSD Denials: What Are They Based On?

9 Common Reasons Why A Claim May Be Denied Only one-third of initial Social Security disability claims are approved at the application level.  Understanding the reasons why so many claims are denied can help increase the chances of a successful disability application. Lack of Medical Evidence An applicant may assert any number of medical impairments. […]

The 5 Step Disability Evaluation Process

The 5 Step Disability Evaluation Process  The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine if an applicant is entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.  SSA will consider each step before moving onto the next step.  Below is a basic explanation of each step. Has the applicant been unable to work […]

Fast Decisions for Serious Impairments

 FAST DECISIONS FOR SERIOUS IMPAIRMENTS: Compassionate Allowances, TERI, Presumptive Disability 1.  Compassionate Allowance Cases If an applicant has a condition that has been designated a Compassionate Allowance, the SSA will approve him or her for disability benefits based on a relatively small amount of information (i.e. a letter from a doctor listing the diagnosis, x-ray […]

5 Tips for a Winning Social Security Claim

5 Tips for a Winning Social Security Claim Identification of Medical Conditions Identify all medical conditions on the application, even conditions believed to be relatively minor This is important because Social Security looks at the combination of all conditions to determine overall limitations or level of impairment Commonly left out conditions include: obesity, headaches, asthma, […]

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

In Depth:  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Title XVI: SSI SSI is a needs-based program that pays monthly benefits to disabled people who cannot engage in substantial gainful activity due to a serious illness or impairment that is expected to last at least a year or to result in death. Substantial gainful activity (SGA) involves the […]

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

In Depth:  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Title II: SSDI (OASDI)  SSDI pays monthly benefits to workers who cannot work due to a serious illness or impairment that is expected to last at least a year or to result in death. It is part of the same Social Security program that also pays retirement benefits. […]

Social Security vs SSI

How are Social Security and SSI Different? You may hear Social Security and SSI used interchangeably, yet they are two distinct types of Social Security disability insurance. Title XVI: SSI General revenues from federal budget Aged, blind and disabled adults and children Needs-based Medicaid eligibility Federal Benefit Rate is $733 (individual), $1100 (couples) Title II: […]