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The SSA may require a disability evaluation when you apply for benefits under social security disability insurance.

Medical Records for Disability Hearings

If you applied for Social Security disability 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 Do I Need 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…
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What Are the 6 Top Causes of Disability Claims?

  The Social Security Administration has a list of health conditions that can qualify a person for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Many call this list the Blue Book, and though not every condition can be found in it, those that can may qualify you for benefits. Can you guess which of these conditions cause people to file claims the most? We looked into some of the Social Security Administration’s recent numbers and found some of the most common causes that lead to Disability claims. The Top 6 Causes of Disability Claims Cancer (Neoplasms)— Our list starts with conditions that can often lead to serious medical treatments. Cancer is responsible for 1.5 percent of new claims in 2018. Heart Disease—Hypertension and cardiac problems cause quite a few people to need disability benefits, but it doesn’t cause many new claims. Only 3 percent of new claims are related to heart problems…
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What’s the Best Way to File for Social Security Disability?

Social Security disability benefits are a safety net for the American worker who has spent at least five of the last ten years working and paying federal payroll taxes. These benefits are paid for by your hard work, and 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 a financial plan…
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Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

In many ways, Social Security is a safety net for hard working Americans. If you have diligently worked, and kept up with your taxes, then benefits from Social Security can help you retire. The system has even worked out a way to help those individuals who find themselves unable to work before retirement age. Benefits for these individuals are called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), but it can be complicated to qualify for these benefits. What Are the Qualifications for Social Security Disability Benefits? In order to qualify for Social Security benefits, you must have worked for a certain number of years, on average at least 10. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses “work credits” to measure this amount of time. Earning $1,300 in wages qualifies as a work credit, and you are limited to four a year. That means you have to earn at least $5,200 yearly for 10…
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Could Identity Theft Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

It is the holiday season once more, and though this time of year can be filled with good cheer, it’s also the time of the year scammers are most active. These individuals will try to steal your personal information in order bilk you and the federal government out of money. And if you are not careful, some forms of identity theft could even affect your Social Security disability benefits. How Identity Theft Could Put Your Social Security Disability Benefits at Risk In November of 2015, a woman on SSDI received a letter from the Social Security Administration. The letter requested that she send the administration her tax returns for the years 2011,2012 and 2013, but the woman had filed no tax returns those years. She eventually realized that someone had used her Social Security information to file fraudulent tax returns, which showed up as gainful income to the SSA. The…
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