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Your Social Security Disability Claim in Orlando – Why is It Taking Forever to get a Hearing?

The “average” time for a Social Security claim to get through the initial application stage, the Request for Reconsideration stage and the Request for Hearing Stage is allegedly 425 days in Florida.  The reality is that the wait is more than 547 days and as long as 730 days. Regardless of the number it is too long! The Orlando ODAR Office in Social Security Disability Claims Did you know that the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)  Has eight different offices in Florida where Social Security disability (SSDI)  and Supplemental Security Income hearings(SSI) are held? One of the locations is in Orlando at...

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The Three Reasons Your Medical Records are Key To Winning Your Social Security Disability Claim

Your medical records are one of the keys to getting the Social Security disability benefits you deserve. You are required to establish that you have a medically determinable impairment, that you have gotten medical treatment and that you are compliant with that medical treatment. Let's talk about how each of these is key to winning your Social Security disability benefits. A Medically Determinable Impairment The Social Security Administration (SSA) rule require that you have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which is an “impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities [that] can be shown by medically acceptable clinical...

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Social Security 11% Cost of Living Increase Possible in 2023

COLA Increase 2023 Social Security Disability

The COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain issues, the greed of American oil companies and the war in Ukraine is ravishing the world’s economy and causing prices to rise. As we go to the grocery store or fill up our gas tank we all feel the costs of inflation in our pocket book! The Social Security system has cost of living adjustments, known as COLA’s. According to an article by Aimee Picchi in Money Watch dated June 27, 2022, it is anticipated that a COLA hike of 10.8%  should go into effect in 2023. The final COLA number can change based on the rate...

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The 4 Reasons that the Social Security Judge Does Not Want to Listen to Your Relatives or Friends Testify at Your Social Security Disability Hearing and Why You are the Star Witness

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You've waited forever to have a hearing in front of Social Security judge. You want the judge to hear your whole story about why you can't work and all the problems you have every day. It's not uncommon for witnesses to come to testify in other court matters but Social Security hearings are different. What are the 4 Reasons that a Social Security Judge Does Not Want Witnesses? 1. The Proof is Different in a Social Security Hearing To win a Social Security disability case you must establish that you meet the five-step sequential evaluation used in every Social Security disability case. The...

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What Documents You Have To Provide The Social Security Administration As Part Of The Application Process

Social Security Administration Application Process Documents Claims

I'll be the first to admit that applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a pain in the rear end. you have to supply documents and answer questions and if you don't cooperate you simply won't get approved for your benefits. What Documents Will I Have To Provide to the Social Security Administration SSA? You'll have to provide the following: - birth certificate or other proof of birth; - proof of United States citizenship or lawful alien status if you were not born in the United States; - U.S. military discharge papers if you had military service before 1968; - W-2 forms and/or self-employment tax returns...

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What Every Social Security Disability Applicant Needs To Know About Cardiac Arrhythmia

Cardiac Arrhythmia Social Security Disability Claims

Cardiac arrhythmia is a term for abnormal electrical activity of your heart which is diagnosed based on a physical examination and electric diagnostic studies. Your doctor will diagnose cardiac arrhythmia by feeling for your pulse or listening to your heart through a stethoscope. The easiest diagnostic test isn't electrocardiogram (EKG) to detect arrhythmias that can happen throughout the day and night. How Does the Social Security Administration View Cardiac Arrhythmia Claims? The Social Security Administration uses a five-step sequential evaluation and, step three determines whether or not your cardiac arrhythmia meets section 4.05 listing of impairments. This listing deals with recurrent arrhythmias that...

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My Doctor Has Told Me To Stop Working, Will I Get My Social Security Disability Benefits?

Stop Working Social Security Disability Benefits

Maybe, maybe not! Help! Your medical records must establish that you have a medically determinable impairment that is supported by objective evidence. So, for example, if you have back problems, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to see that you have MRI's, x-rays, CT scans or EMG and Nerve Conduction Study tests that document that you really do have a back problem. Next, the SSA will determine, based on your medical records, whether you can return to the lightest job that you've held in the 15 years prior to when you became disabled and whether there is other work you can...

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What Every Social Security Disability Applicant With Diabetes Needs To Know About Following Prescribed Treatment

Prescribed Treatment Diabetes Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration will deny claims for diabetes if you aren't following your treating physicians recommendations. in fact, the SSA is required to evaluate your compliance with prescribed treatment if you're a diabetic. While there are certain circumstances that would qualify as a justifiable cause for not following prescribed treatment, complaining that you just can't get medical treatment isn't going to cut it. What Should I Do If I Can't Afford My Prescribed Treatment For Diabetes? You should do the following: - determine if you're eligible for the affordable care act, - go to to see if you qualify for free or subsided...

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What Every Social Security Disability Applicant With Rheumatoid Arthritis Needs To Know About Meeting A Listing

Rheumatoid Arthritis Social Security Disability Listing

Rheumatoid arthritis, more commonly known as RA, is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system attacks membranes surrounding the joints. The symptoms of RA include: - joint pain followed by warming, stiffness, and swelling of the joints, in the hands and feet, - fatigue, - fever, - weight loss and - rheumatoid nodules. Rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult if not impossible to work and your physician may have told you that it's time to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. What Do I Need to Know About Meeting A Listing For Rheumatoid Arthritis? The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a 5 Step Sequential evaluation in determining...

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