Blog | Tulsa Social Security Disability Lawyers on SSDI & SSI

Will My Social Security Paychecks Increase in 2020?

Each year, the Social Security Administration assesses the state of Social Security taxes and payouts. Adjustments to these rates occur when there is a need to accommodate inflation and cost-of-living expenses. If the cost-of-living increases, Social Security payouts change to reflect this. As such, Social Security recipients can expect their paychecks to increase in the upcoming year. Why Are Social Security Paychecks Increasing? The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects changes in Social Security payments. COLA takes into account price changes in everyday consumer essentials. This includes pricing increases for food, transportation, healthcare, housing, education, among others. The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) records percentage increases in these areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses this information to calculate changes in Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If there is no increase in cost-of-living, there is no COLA for that year. Changes in cost-of-living affect COLA so…
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6 Common Mistakes that Ruin a Disability Application

Applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a long and complicated process that involves a lot of forms, a lot of medical records and patience. But if you make a mistake you could wind up waiting for months to get those errors fixed, or even worse, your application could be denied. So how can you prevent mistakes on your Social Security disability application? Learn what those common mistakes are. These 6 Common Mistakes Could Ruin a Disability Application Failing to Fill Out the Forms—The Social Security Administration (SSA) is going to send you a whole mess of forms to fill out. It’s up to you to make sure that every part of those forms are filled out correctly. Don’t forget, if a question doesn’t apply to you, put “not applicable” or “N/A” in the provided space. Writing Illegibly—If your case reviewer can’t read your answers, then they can’t really…
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Medical Records for Disability Hearings

If you applied for Social Security benefits or filed for reconsideration, then the claims examiner is the party responsible for obtaining your medical records. However, the process is different if you request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). In this case, you would be responsible for obtaining your medical records. If you have an attorney, you can give them legal permission to access the records on your behalf.   Which Medical Records Are Needed for My Disability Hearing? There are certain types of medical records you will need to obtain for a hearing before an administrative law judge. Medical records are essential for showing that you currently suffer from a disability, or that you will continue to suffer from one in the future. Be sure to obtain both old and new medical records related to your disability. You should also go through records associated with your disability claim…
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