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“Should I Apply for Disability?" (and Other SSDI Questions)

Posted by Scott Flexer

Should I apply for disability?

If this question has been running through your mind, there are several factors to consider. People can become permanently or temporarily disabled, so you should apply for Social Security benefits as soon as you become disabled since it may take up to three to five months for your application to be processed? 

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Topics: disability benefits, Social Security Disability, disability eligibility, SSDI eligibility, qualify for SSI, disability laws, disability blogs

Six Mistakes to Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Posted by Scott Flexer

Your social security disability benefits claim was denied, so you requested a hearing and you’re finally getting your day in court. While this is a great opportunity to finally be heard in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), for many people, the idea of a disability hearing can be intimidating which can lead to bad decision-making. But with proper preparation, the process doesn't have to be frightening and you can come out a winner.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, Disability Determinations, Disability benefits in Florida, social security disability benefits hearing, disability benefits hearing

8 Tips to Winning Your Social Security Disability Case

Posted by Scott Flexer

Nearly 14% of Floridians are suffering from some sort of disability. But how many of those individuals are actually getting the support they deserve? Reports show that over 50% of disability claims are denied on the initial try, making the experience very frustrating for many individuals. Complicating matters, it’s not up to individual states to decide if you qualify; that job is left to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: Social Security Disability, social security benefits, Florida Social Security Advocates

The Top 5 Questions About Social Security Benefits Answered

Posted by Scott Flexer

After paying into the system for so many years, many retirees are eager to know how to navigate through Social Security and begin receiving their benefits. However, understanding the specifics about Social Security benefits can be a challenging and confusing process.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, Orlando Disability

In Social Security Cases, Timing is Everything! Learn Why Here:

Posted by Scott Flexer

Due to the vast number of disability applications that are filed, it is important for applicants to adhere to the timelines that are set by the SSA for filing disability appeals. In fact, only about 36% of disability applications are approved by the SSA.

In order to improve the chances of getting your appeal reviewed favorably, you should be aware of the timelines that the SSA has put in place for every stage of the appeals process. In Social Security cases, an appeal that is submitted late could lead to the loss of benefits altogether and/or the need to submit a fresh application. Timing is everything, and this article will show you why.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, disability appeal, SSA Eligibility, Social Security Advocates

What if Social Security Tells me They're Going to Cut off my Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

In order to ascertain that recipients of disability benefits are truly and permanently disabled, the SSA continuously reviews your medical condition as well as your ability to work so as to assess whether you should continue to receive benefits.

Disability benefits are only granted to individuals who have an impairment that prevents them from participating in any substantial gainful activity. Therefore, if your condition improves, the SSA can decide to cut off your benefits.

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Topics: disability benefits, Social Security Disability, disability appeal

How Long Does a Social Security Disability Appeal Take?

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you have recently filed for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplementary Security Income (SSI) through the SSA, and have since received a denial letter, don’t give up hope. In fact, initial disability claims have a denial rate of about 67%. There are steps you can take to pursue your application through the Social Security appeals process, and hopefully get the full benefit amount you deserve for your disabling condition.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, SSDI appeal, disability appeal

Can I Qualify for Disability Benefits with Chronic Back Pain?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Chronic back pain can be caused by many different spinal factors, ranging from degenerative discs to inflammatory conditions. When seeking disability benefits for chronic back pain, your application ultimately comes down to establishing a medically determinable condition, the functional limitations of your back problem and the credibility of your application.

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Topics: Social Security Disability, Chronic Back Pain, Back Pain

How Do Social Security Benefits Help American Workers?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Social Security is one of the most prevalent lifelines available to American workers. According to statistics from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Understanding the Benefits publication, “about 60 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits.”

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Topics: Social Security Disability, social security, social security benefits, disablity, Supplemental Security Income, Disability Insurance, social security education

Why Social Security Disability Protects You Against Life's Challenges

Posted by Scott Flexer

Life is full of challenges, and they often happen at the most inconvenient times in your life. They tend to occur when you are in the middle of a financial lull or are financially unprepared to handle them.

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Topics: SSDI, Social Security Disability, disability, Social Security Disability Insurance

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