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How Can I Appeal a Social Security Disability Denial?

Millions of Americans apply for Social Security Disability benefits every year, and they expect their applications to be approved and their benefits to begin in a few months. Applicants pay into the Social Security program, and so it’s natural for them to expect their disability payments to come on time. However, sometimes the Social Security system is unpredictable. According to the Disability Benefits Center, 70 percent of applicants are disappointed when their applications for disability benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If an application has been denied by the SSA, there is an option to appeal the denial letter. How Can I Appeal My Benefits Denial? A denial notice from the SSA will have instructions on what to do next, but these instructions can be confusing if someone is unsure which steps to take. In general, there are four general steps to take to carry out an…
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Huntington’s Disease Added to Disability Benefits Fast Track

A quick search of the web will reveal that one of the bigger problems that disabled Americans face with their quests for disability benefits is the process itself. Most applicants can expect to spend over a year with their applications for disability benefits even if the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) ultimately awards them benefits. The SSA even uses a code – DXDI – for when applicants pass away while their disability application is pending. The process can be no long, and the SSA continues to make efforts in recent years to speed it up, but there are several programs that may help you get through the disability benefits process quicker than other applicants. This week we will discuss how several of these programs work. Compassionate Allowances This program, which goes by the acronym “CAL,” involves a list of medical conditions that the SSA recognizes to be so severe that applicants…
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More SSDI Beneficiaries Return to Work Than Commonly Thought

This week’s posts discuss some of the more common criticisms of Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits, and, today, we take up the common refrain from critics that once people get on disability benefits, they never return to work. In fact, this is a concern that not just critics have voiced, but the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) itself has voiced. In its reports on its “Ticket to Work” program, which provides training to disability beneficiaries to return to work, the SSA cites a statistic that “only about one-half of one percent of beneficiaries were exiting because of work when the legislation was passed…” Like many statistics, the “one-half of one percent” number deserves a closer look, and that’s what several policy experts and statisticians did in their 2010 paper “How Many SSDI Beneficiaries Leave the Rolls for Work? More Than You Might Think.” It turns out that one problem with…
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