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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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Are Aging Baby Boomers the Reason SSDI Claims Are Up?

  After World War II, the United States experienced a booming period of economic success. As a result of that success, the population of our nation skyrocketed as families grew along with their success. This created an entire generation of Americans known as the baby boomers. Now that decades have passed, this generation is quickly approaching retirement age, but the country may not be ready for this, and the Social Security disability system may be the first place this weakness shows up. Are SSDI Claims Up Because of Aging Baby Boomers? Since 2002, the population of the U.S. has grown around 16 percent, but the number of people claiming disability has far exceeded this growth. In the same period of time, the number of disability recipients has increase to 8.7 million, which translates to a whopping 57 percent. So, what caused this increase disability claimants? Age is seen as the…
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How to Make Your Disability Application More Successful

In 2016, 2.3 million people applied for disabled worker benefits, but only around 744,000 of those applicants were awarded benefits. That means that only about a third of applicants were actually approved for benefits, and if you factor in the 1.1-million-person waitlist and the 633-day average wait time for an appeals hearing, getting benefits seems like a daunting task. However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of not getting a denial. Ways to Improve Your Disability Application You need to make sure that you qualify for SSDI before you send in an application. This means that you must suffer from an illness or injury that prevents you from working. That condition must be either terminal or be expected to last for over one year. You must also have paid payroll taxes for an average of 10 years before your claim, and those tax payments…
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What Questions Will I Be Asked When I Apply for Social Security Disability?

This week, we’re talking about the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) waitlist and its effect on people who apply for benefits. On Monday, we shared the story of a woman who struggled to overcome the waitlist and made it through. Today we are going to talk about something that could help you get through the long line for benefits even faster. When I Apply for Social Security Disability, What Questions Can I Expect? Not a lot of people talk about this, but how you answer the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) questions can affect whether or not your SSDI claim is delayed. This means being prepared and having all the necessary documentation to prove your claim is a must. However, you can’t gather this info if you don’t know what questions will be asked of you, so here’s a breakdown. The SSA Is Going to Ask You: When did your condition…
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