I recommend that you get a representative for your hearing days. So many people come into us that have never had a representative before, and it is right before their hearing. And sometimes we may not have time to adequately prepare your file and give you the best representation that you need when you come in just days before your hearing.
If you are having problems with your medications, one of the third things that I want to recommend to you is to reach out to affordable care options for your healthcare and medical prescription purposes.
We will talk a little bit today about age determination and why age matters when you’re applying for Social Security Disability.
If you’re waiting for your Social Security Disability hearing, you don’t want to perform what Social Security defines as substantial gainful activity. And that amount actually changes year to year, just like cost of living adjustments, etc. They will change, for this year it’s about $1,180.00 gross.
Just like an adult there’s a wide variety of things that children can have that can qualify them for benefits. There could be certain learning disabilities, intellectual disorders, or physical disorders.
If you are a veteran who has received Social Security Administration Disability benefits, you should submit that disability award to the VA for consideration on your claim for VA benefits.
The Compassionate Allowances Program was developed by social security for the people that have these really rare, aggressive illnesses that would obviously meet the disability requirements. It was developed in order for them to kind of speed up that system. Instead of getting benefits in months, it potentially could only take days or weeks.
A consultative examination is basically when Social Security schedules a claimant, somebody applying for disability, schedules them a doctor’s appointment. They either do it because they don’t think that they have enough evidence in order to make a disability determination, or they want just some kind of clarification of the evidence that they already have.
Military veterans benefits are also going up with the cost of living increase for 2019. That includes retired military veterans, VA rates for compensation claims, and pension claims for disabled veterans and surviving families.
At Gardberg & Kemmerly it doesn’t cost anything to hire us. You only pay us if we win your case. Social Security lawyers are governed by Social Security Administration regulations which provides that they can charge 25% of your past due benefits.
Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits is a long process. It takes a long time, and so the sooner you get started, the sooner you get benefits.
A Widow’s Disability Benefit is usually for people that, if they have not worked, but they’ve had a spouse that has recently passed away, they can draw off of their spouse’s work record as opposed to their work record. It’s good especially if a spouse was making more than the person that is disabled, they are able to draw off of that spouse’s earnings record.
One question that I frequently get asked is: Have I worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability? And there is a general rule of thumb. The general rule of thumb is that a person must have worked five out of the last 10 years in order to qualify for Social Security Disability.
All our clients come in and get a blue folder. It has some resources and Catholic Social Services and some other things that help with bills and stuff all during the year, but during the holidays for specific holiday help, I think the Salvation Army is one of the greatest resources that we have here on the Gulf Coast.
If you need assistance with your claim or if you have any questions, you can contact us at (251) 343-1111. Our website is www.gardberglaw.com.
To prepare for a SSD hearing you need to dress appropriately and know the names of your medications and doctors. Listen carefully to the judge’s questions and answer with detailed facts about the case that will help him make a good decision.
SSI is supplemental security income. SSDI is social security disability insurance.
And sometimes it comes down to the day you’re in front of the judge. And this can really lead to your credibility, and you can completely lose all benefits for those years that you filed this return. In some cases you can lose your case completely because of the tax refund and because of this earned income credit and self-employment that you filed.
When you file for Social Security Disability, not only do they have to consider if you’re disabled, but they also have to look at the work that you’ve performed, and if you can still perform that work. And then, they also have to look and see if there’s other jobs that you could perform out there in the national economy.
Ruling 18-3P went into effect October 29 of 2018, and it is effective on any decisions that Social Security makes after that date. It means that someone can be denied benefits if he or she does not follow the prescribed treatment that their doctors have ordered or said that they needed without good cause.
One question I frequently get asked is am I allowed to work and still be qualified for Social Security disability? And the answer is yes, but Social Security does limit the amount that you’re allowed to make and still be qualified.
You can’t have worked and made $14,000, but also tell the judge that you can’t work. And so we see it with our claimants. One, it’s tax fraud. Please don’t commit tax fraud. And two, it really, really can just kill any chance you have of getting approved for your social security disability benefits.
Disability Representative Noell Black of Gardberg & Kemmerly talks about Social Security Disability Hearings, things you need to know as well as pitfalls to avoid.
“How do I file for Disability?” There’s a few different ways. I think the easiest way is to call Social Security, your local Social Security office, and to make an appointment.
The main reason for filing for social security disability benefits early is because getting a hearing can take up to two years from start to finish. So, it’s very important to apply as soon as you feel that you are unable to continue working. There is rarely any kind of benefit to waiting.
Without having doctor’s visits or hospital visits, there’s no documentation so there’s no way to prove that somebody is disabled. Getting medical treatment is the most important thing in applying for disability.
The most important thing you can do to help your lawyer win a Social Security Disability Claim is go to your doctor on a regular basis. Even if the judge likes you, he cannot approve your claim without good medical records to back up your disability.
Having an attorney or non-attorney representative to assist you is really in your best interest. It really is difficult to understand the process of having a Social Security disability claim and all that goes into it. You throw in a mental impairment, physical problems, lack of social support, family support, and all of the issues that go with that and it can be just really overwhelming, so having a representative really allows them to focus on handling these issues for you.
Social Security disability benefits are for disabled individuals who have a steady and good work record and paid into the system via payroll taxes. Supplemental Security Income is for individuals who have been disabled and not had a good work record.
The Social Security process is a long process and it can be time-consuming. The sooner you get filed, the sooner you get the ball rolling, hopefully the sooner you’ll get benefits.