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Working While Collecting Social Security Disability Benefits

You should be very careful about working when you’re on Social Security Disability benefits. You must report your work activity to the Social Security Administration, and I would suggest that you do it in writing. Remember that there is a limit to how much you can earn and not lose your Social Security Disability benefits. Tampa Bay Social Security lawyer, Nancy Cavey, suggests that you make a personal visit to your local Social Security office and notify someone, face to face, that you have returned to work. I would keep a record of that conversation. If you don’t tell the Social Security Administration,...

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How Do I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

You can begin the application process with a simple telephone call to the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to schedule a telephone interview, or a face to face interview at your local Social Security office. If you have requested a telephone interview, a representative from the local office will call you at the scheduled time and take your claim information. If you request an office visit, a representative at the local office will be expecting you and will take you promptly upon your arrival, provided you arrive at the scheduled time. You can visit your local office without an appointment,...

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Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits under the Obama Administration

Have you seen Barack Obama's website? There is a plan to "Empower Americans with Disabilities," which describes Obama's plan to resolve the nation's Social Security Disability issues. The plan is divided into four parts which focus on how the Obama administration plans to provide Americans with disabilities  opportunities for the best quality of life. 1. Provide Americans with disabilities the educational opportunities to succeed 2. End discrimination and promote equal opportunity for the disabled. 3. Increase the employment rate of workers with disabilities 4. Support the independent, community-based living for Americans with disabilities Obama supports a $150 million increase in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) budget. The...

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Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer

I get asked " Do I need a social security lawyer to help me get my Social Security Disability benefits?" It depends on where you are at in the claims application process. The initial application is pretty easy to file, but there are mistakes that you can make in the initial application process. These mistakes can include giving incomplete history about your work history, failing to give an accurate an history about the lightest job you have had, not explaining your medical condition fully, failing to explain the  side effects of medication, etc. Abraham Lincoln once said that "a person who represents...

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Fibromyalgia Sufferers Entitlement to Social Security Disability Benefits

Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Have you filed a claim for Social Security Disability benefits? At step 3 fo the 5 step sequential evaluation, you must establish that you have met a Listing or you have to move onto Step 4 and 5 of the sequential evaluaiton process. The Social Security Administration has acknowledged that fibromyalgia is not diagnosed based on gold standard objective testing like MRI's or x-rays. The American College of Rheumatology has created a standard for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia which is, in part, based on subjective response you make while being examined. There are residual functional forms that...

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How Social Security Defines “Disability” If You Want to Win Your Social Security Disability Claim

Just because your doctor says your are disabled or you can't hold a job because of your disability, doesn't mean you are automatically entitled to Social Security Disability benefits! How do you qualify for benefits? The Social Security Act defines disability for adults as "the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which can be expected to end in death of which has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." Sounds straight forward right? Well, unfortunately you can't rely on common sense...

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Social Security Disability Mythology

Social Security Disability Mythology: Separating the True from the False Every single disability application is denied the first time. While it is true that the majority of applications are denied the first time (the number is around 70%,) there are no rules or regulations that state that all claims have to be initially denied and then subsequently handled through the appeals process. Getting your claim accepted the first time is simply a matter of handling the application process correctly, and having an attorney who specializes in this is good way to accomplish this. If your application gets denied, the best thing to do...

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Applying for Mental Disability Benefits: The Basics

Parents with children who are mentally disabled have a great deal to contend with, and money is unfortunately at the top of the list. Raising a mentally disabled child normally brings with it trips to doctors, educational specialists, and counselors. Although there are a fortunate few who have the financial means to support a child with a mental disability, many of us are not so lucky. The Social Security Administration offers disability benefits to children with severe mental disabilities, but they do not make them easy to get. The standards are incredibly rigid, and each application is scrutinized with great care. There...

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Social Security Disability Reconsideration

At the initial claim level 70 percent of Social Security Disability claims are denied. As Tampa Bay Social Security Disability lawyers The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey have explained, you should never give up and you should file a request for reconsideration. Approximately 85 percent of claims are rejected at this stage. Why is that? There are several reasons why a claim is denied at the request for reconsideration stage. St. Petersburg, Florida Social Security lawyer Nancy Cavey explains that the Social Security Administration goes through a five-step sequential evaluation. At step three of the five-step sequential evaluation the Social Security Administration...

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Preparing for a Social Security Disability Consultative Examination

The Social Security Administration may ask you to undergo what is called a consultative examination. This is not for the purpose of providing you treatment, corroborating past diagnosis or to provide additional diagnostic details regarding the claimant’s condition. These exams are scheduled to allow the disability examiner to say that they have reviewed the recent medical records before they close your case. If you haven’t been seen by a doctor in the last 60 days, you may be sent to a Social Security Medical Exam. A consultative medical exam doesn’t take the place of medical treatment provided by your treating physician and, in...

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