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Disabled for a full year to get Social Security

From the Social Security Administration’s standpoint, the condition that you’ve been diagnosed with should disable you for a minimum of 12 months. Do you actually have to be disabled? Your condition can result in functional limitations that limit your ability to do the work you’ve done in the past and also prevent you from engaging in other forms of work, based on your age, skills, education and limitations. This “state of disability” must last for one full year, although it doesn’t have to have lasted a full year before you actually file for Social Security Disability benefits. So, in other words, if...

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Social Security and Veterans Disability Benefits

Are you a disabled veteran who has applied for Social Security Disability benefits? You can get both Social Security Disability and Veteran benefits. There is nothing that stops you from getting two federal disability checks from two separate federal agencies. Think about it: medical records are the basis of your claim for both Social Security and Disability [ -- SS Disability and Veteran ? -- ] benefits. Make sure that both the Disability Examiner or your VA and Social Security Disability Claim Examiner are aware of all of your medical treatment, including your military treatment, names of your doctors and addresses...

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Filing Your Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

You are going to have to provide a lot of information to the Social Security Administration when you file for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration is going to ask you the name of every doctor, hospital, clinic you’ve been treated at, together with the dates of the treatment. You’ll be asked to give your work history for the last 15 years before you became disabled. This medical and employment history is crucial to provide when you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Information regarding your medical history and your employment history will allow a disability examiner to determine whether...

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Who Qualifies For Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

In order to be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, you must be found disabled and you must have earned the minimum number of credits called quarters of coverage, from work covered under the Social Security System. The required number of quarters of coverage depends on your age at the time you become disabled. In addition to the total number of work credits, you must have worked and paid into the Social Security system, five of the 10 years immediately preceding the date you became disabled. A very young worker, a person 24 years of age or younger, whose work...

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How Does the Social Security Administration Define Disability?

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 or which has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months." A medically determinable impairment is one that is based on medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms, laboratory findings, or other diagnostic tests. *Click here for a FREE copy of "Your Rights to Social Security Disability Benefits" Answering these broad-based questions isn't easy. Help is a phone call...

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What Information is Needed to Establish a Disability?

You should provide the Social Security Administration with information that is as complete and detailed as possible. 1. You will need to provide a list of all the jobs you held in the past 15 years and give a detailed description of your job duties including, but not limited to: * The tasks you performed * Tools, equipment, machinery you used * Knowledge and skills your work required * What objects you had to lift and carry and the weight of those objects * How much you had to sit, stand, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and balance * Environmental conditions of your work place * How much...

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What Should I Expect When Dealing with the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security administration is a huge bureaucracy. It is important that you keep an organized and accurate account of your oral and written communications with the Social Security Administration. Make a note of the person's name with whom you spoke and what was said. When you file your claim, get the name and telephone number of the claims representative responsible for your claim in case you have questions later or need to report changes in your claim. When you submit documents, make sure your name and Social Security number is listed on the top of each page. If the page becomes...

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When Should I Expect a Decision on My Claim?

In general, you can expect to wait at least close to four months to receive the initial decision. If you are denied and file an appeal, which is called a request for reconsideration, you should expect to wait from two to three months for a decision on the request for reconsideration decision. If your claim is denied at the reconsideration level, and you request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, you should expect to wait 18 to 24 months before you will actually appear before the judge. *Click here for a FREE copy of "Your Rights to Social Security...

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What Should I Do If My Claim Is Denied?

If your claim is denied, you should file an appeal! Since a large number of decisions are reversed on appeal, it is WORTH YOUR TIME AND EFFORT!! In addition, if you do not file the appeal in the required time, you give up your right to appeal. If you change your mind and want to continue your claim, you have to start over with a new application, and that is not in your best interest because: 1. By repeatedly starting over, you add additional delays to an already lengthy process. 2. Disability claims are denied most of the time at the first...

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How Do I Appeal the Decision Made on My Claim?

The four levels of appeal as follows: 1. Reconsideration 2. Hearing 3. Appeals Council Review of the Hearing Decision 4. Civil Suit in Federal Court. If your initial claim is denied, you have 60 days (plus five days mail time) from the date on your notice to file an appeal. The first appeal is a Request for Reconsideration. If the Reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days to file a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. At the initial and reconsideration levels, your claim is reviewed by the Division of Disability Determination Services. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of all claims are denied at the initial...

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