Blog | Tulsa Social Security Disability Lawyers on SSDI & SSI

Can I Still Collect Disability Benefits If My Spouse Works?

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Generally, if a person works, he or she cannot collect Social Security disability benefits. However, what if the person’s husband or wife works? If a person with a disability’s husband or wife has a job, does that mean you cannot collect disability benefits? Could I Be Denied Disability Benefits If My Spouse Works? It depends on whether you collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is not a need-based program. Therefore, your husband or wife’s income will not impact your SSDI benefits. However, if the question is “does my spouse’s income affect my SSI?”, then the answer changes. The government does consider your spouse’s income when calculating your Supplemental Security Income benefits. SSI will only count your spouse’s income when figuring out your benefit amount if your partner lives in the same household as you. This means that if you have a live-in partner that…
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6 Common Mistakes that Ruin a Disability Application

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Applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a long and complicated process. It involves a lot of forms, a lot of medical records and a lot of patience. But, what if you make a mistake? Then, you could wind up waiting for months to get those errors fixed. But, even worse, that mistake could get your application denied. So how can you prevent mistakes on your Social Security disability application? Learn from these common application mistakes that could ruin a disability application and make sure not to do them. These 6 Common Mistakes Could Ruin a Disability Application Failing to Fill Out the Forms—The Social Security Administration (SSA) will send you a lot of forms to fill out. It’s up to you to make sure that you fill out every part of those forms correctly. Don’t forget: if a question doesn’t apply to you, put “not applicable” or “N/A”…
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Can I Be Denied Social Security if My Doctor Says I Am Disabled?

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Social Security benefits are extremely important for people with disabilities who are unable to work. Without these benefits, your quality of life can be drastically reduced. Unfortunately, seeking and obtaining benefits is a difficult process. There are many regulations and their interpretation will affect how government reviewers treat your claim. In some instances, a reviewer may deny some claims despite a doctor’s determination of disability and inability to work. Below, we explain why this may sometimes happen. Reason 1: There Was Not Enough Evidence The Social Security Administration (SSA) will require documented medical evidence of your disability and how it keeps you from working. For this reason, it is very important to have this conversation with your doctor. Give them as much information as possible about your disability and how it affects your inability to work. In fact, medical records documenting your disability will be a crucial factor for obtaining…
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What’s the Best Way to File for Social Security Disability?

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Social Security disability benefits are a safety net for the American worker. You qualify for these benefits if you have spent at least five of the last ten years working and paying federal payroll taxes. Your hard work pays for these benefits. You cannot claim them unless you have worked, paid into the system and can no longer work due to illness or injury. However, the process for collecting the benefits can be long and complex. So, it is important that you get the process started right. Things to Consider When Filing for Social Security Disability Make a Budget – If you have to file for SSDI, then you have probably lost your major source of income. Since it can take three to six months for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to get to your claim, you need to have a financial plan to last that long and beyond. Without…
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How Are Your Social Security Benefits Calculated?

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Social Security is one of the largest social programs in the country, and it safeguards a significant portion of the working population from poverty, if they can no longer work. However, Social Security is only a safety net meant to catch you if you slip, so it can be critical to know how benefits are calculated so you can properly manage your finances if you should ever need SSDI or SSI.  How Are Your Social Security Benefits Calculated?  The first step to calculating your Social Security benefits is knowing if you even qualify for benefits. For SSI, your income will determine if you get benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine your income, subtract income that isn’t a part of your countable income, and then subtract your earned income from the SSI benefit rate. So, if you depend on SSI, it is important to budget not only your spending…
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