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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss Why Some Applications Are Rejected

In Wednesday’s post, we discussed some of the mental illnesses and conditions that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes as disabling. This means that if applicants can prove they are suffering from one of these conditions and are therefore unable to work, they may be able to receive disability benefits. However, many applications for mental disorders and disabilities are rejected every year. Consider first that some of these applications are denied because they do not contain the necessary information or the applicant does not qualify for other reasons (work history, financial situation). However, some applicants are rejected for more complicated reasons. Consider these common causes of application rejection for mental disorders. Condition has not lasted long enough. For instance, a soldier may come home from war, find he is psychologically or mentally unable to work and applies for benefits. Unfortunately, the SSA evaluates some disabilities based partially on how long the…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss What to Do if the SSA Asks for a Medical Exam

This week we have been discussing “consultative exams,” an additional evaluation the Social Security Administration may request in their review of your application for disability benefits. Of course, one way to avoid these exams is to include a thorough medical history and all records that are relevant in proving your disability in the initial application. An experienced attorney can walk you through the entire process. Those who are called in for a consultative exam may be nervous or uncomfortable talking with a new physician, especially one who is contracted from the SSA. It is important to share all relevant information with the exam doctor. Do not hesitate to explain aspects of your medical history or your disability. The report that the doctor submits to the SSA will contain any and all findings during the physical exam, as well as any test or lab results. The doctor will also include his…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss Oklahoma’s Efforts to Get People Back to Work

Many people who receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) suffer from permanently debilitating injuries or conditions. In order to qualify for benefits, the applicants must show medical evidence that their conditions prevent them from working for at least a year. For many of them, the disability lasts much longer that a year. In fact, the most common reasons that benefits cease is because recipients age into the retirement benefits category or they pass away. However, some people do see their health improve enough that they stop receiving benefits and return to work. Last year, an Oklahoma state agency helped 82 people return to full-time work. In a state where one in six people are listed as “disabled,” this number may seem miniscule. However, an article in Tulsa World states that those 82 people will ultimately save the federal government $11.2 million dollars in their lifetimes. According to…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss the Recent Work Test

As we said in Wednesday’s post, having evidence of a disabling injury or illness is not always enough to gain you disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). You must pass two tests that evaluate your work history, the second of which is the “Recent Work Test.” The Recent Work Test determines whether you have worked enough in the recent past to qualify for benefits. The “recent past” in this case means the past 10 years. Even if you passed the “Duration Work Test,” which mandates 10 years of work, you must have received five years of wages within decade preceding the onset of your disability. To determine that, the SSA breaks the time down into calendar quarters. If you are over the age of 31, you must have worked five years out of the ten years preceding your disability. First Quarter: January, February, March Second Quarter: April, May,…
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Tulsa Disability Lawyers Discuss Where Your Benefits Come From

Every month, disabled and retired Americans receive monthly benefits checks from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This money comes from the federal government, but few know much more than that. Social Security benefits are drawn from two government trust funds, and disability benefits in particular come from the Disability Insurance Trust Fund. The Disability Insurance Trust Fund is an account within the US Treasury, used only to hold these funds. Every day, a percentage of tax revenue from the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) and the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA) are deposited into this account, the amount of which varies by current tax rates. The main advantage of this fund is that it provides a simple, clear way to distinguish the funds coming in and going out for monthly benefits. Instead of having to request money from the federal government, the SSA can just withdraw money to write monthly checks…
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