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What to Expect From a Vocational Expert on Your Social Security Case

Posted by Scott Flexer

There are very few things that government agencies do without a lot of confusing paperwork (or online forms). The Social Security Administration (SSA) is no different. For people with disabilities, filing your application for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income is of paramount importance. Qualifying can enable individuals and families to continue to stay in their homes, get the assistance they want, or the medical treatments they need.

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Topics: disability advocate

How to File for Residual Functional Capacity

Posted by DEF

The Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is a form that is filled out by your doctor. This form explains your ability—or inability—to perform work-related tasks, and find and maintain employment. As a matter of fact, this form is informally known as the “Ability to Do Work Related Activity” form. To be awarded Social Security Disability, you need to prove that not only are you medically disabled, but that you cannot perform any substantial work activity, and the RFC is pivotal to demonstrating this to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: Disability Application, Filing For Disability, Apply for Disability in Florida, File Disability Benefits

Will Writing a Dire Needs Letter Help My Disability Case?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Obtaining disability benefits can be very challenging. Reports show that more than 50% of disability claims are denied on the initial attempt, making the experience very frustrating for those who truly in need. Complicating matters, it’s up to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), not individual states. That makes the process quite lengthy; generally about 400 days, according to the SSA.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, disability benefits hearing, disability laws

5 Best Cities for People with Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

Looking for a new home in a new city, perhaps away from the support of friends and family, can make even the most independent person nervous. If you are a person with a disability, this anxiety can be compounded by a list of factors. People who are disabled often have to consider not just public transportation, but the accessibility of facilities, service providers, career opportunities, and even more diverse or specially equipped entertainment options.

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Topics: disablity

Does Social Security Cover Nursing Home Costs?

Posted by DEF

For many Americans approaching retirement age, it’s a very real worry: Will there be enough in Social Security to cover my needs? How can I get the most to support myself? And what about my spouse? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles that address these concerns, and usually they involve an enormous amount of trepidation and volumes of paperwork if you choose to apply on your own.

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Topics: SSDI Benefits, living arrangements and social security, nursing home

All About the 2019 COLA Increase

Posted by DEF

Social Security recipients, we have good news: the Social Security Administration (SSA) has released their annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and we’re happy to report that there is an increase of 2.8%, the largest increase since 2011.

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Topics: Cost of Living Adjustments, Cost of Living, COLA

Which Neurological Disorders Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 1 billion people—nearly one in six of the world’s population—suffer from a neurological disorder. Defined as a disease of the brain, spine, and the nerves that connect them, neurological disorders come in many forms. The most common adult-onset neurological disorders are as follows:

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Topics: Neurological Disorders

Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled, Part 2

Posted by Scott Flexer

When it comes to movies, people with disabilities are rarely seen. So, when a film depicting a disabled individual comes around, no matter the disability, we like to highlight it. Be sure to check out part one of this series, and take a look at a few more covered below.

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Topics: inspiring movies

Will My Social Security Benefits Continue During the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Scott Flexer

As the government shutdown wears on, many Americans who are on Social Security disability or retirement benefits are becoming increasingly worried. Shutdowns since 1980 have lasted, on average, five and a half days, making them of little concern to recipients; however, the current government shutdown is now the longest in our country’s history with over 800,000 employees furloughed, as President Trump and Congress struggle to reach an agreement that would reopen it.

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Topics: disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, SSDI Benefits, Government Shutdown

Statements That Hurt Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Posted by Scott Flexer

In our recent blog 8 Tips to Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, we said that honesty is always the best policy. We also recommended that you don’t overshare, e.g. bringing up a criminal record or a history of drug abuse if you’re not asked about it. If you are asked, it’s not grounds for dismissal and it’s likely they will find out about it anyhow, so stick to the truth. That said, here are five statements that are probably going to hurt you when you go before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

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Topics: Best Practices for Social Security Disability, social security disability benefits hearing, disability benefits hearing

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