Blog | Tulsa Social Security Disability Lawyers on SSDI & SSI

How Do Living Arrangements Affect SSI Benefits?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for disabled Oklahoma residents who are over the age of 65 years old and disabled. However, SSI is a needs-based program. In order to qualify for SSI, you must have limited income and resources available. Unfortunately, this threshold is determined by how many people you live with, and the support and care received by others. Understanding how your living arrangements could affect your SSI benefits is key to collecting the maximum benefits you are entitled to.   How Do Living Arrangements Affect SSI Benefits? Since the amount of SSI is based on income and not living expenses, it is possible for a person claiming SSI benefits to live with another person. In order to receive maximum benefits, however, the recipient must pay for their own food and shelter. Otherwise, benefits may be reduced. Your SSI benefits may be reduced by the Social Security Administration…
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Can I Be Denied Social Security if My Doctor Says I Am Disabled?

Social Security benefits are extremely important if you are disabled and unable to work. Without these benefits, your quality of life can be drastically reduced. Unfortunately, seeking and obtaining benefits is a difficult process full of regulations and how these regulations will be interpreted by the individuals responsible for reviewing your claim. Some applicants may be denied these crucial benefits even if their doctors have said they are disabled and unable 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…
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Psychological Evaluations for Disability Benefits in Oklahoma

We Explain the Psychological Evaluation in Oklahoma for Disability Benefits Psychological disorders can easily keep a person from being able to earn a living. For instance, a person with an intellectual disability may have cognitive issues that prevent them from obtaining or holding gainful employment. Fortunately, it is possible to obtain benefits for psychological conditions. Read below to learn more about the psychological evaluation in Oklahoma for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) must obtain evidence of your disability by contacting your physicians and obtaining medical records. If you do not have medical records that establish evidence of your disability, the SSA may require you to undergo a psychological evaluation. This evaluation, also called a consultative examination, will help the SSA determine the nature of your disability and how it affects your day-to-day life. You will not have to pay for the consultative examination. The SSA may ask your…
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