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How may I qualify for retroactive SSDI benefits or back pay?

If you received a letter denying your application for Social Security Disability Insurance, you may appeal the decision and qualify for retroactive benefits or back pay. As noted by the AARP, it may take at least one year for the Social Security Administration to reverse its decision and approve you for benefits. Your eligibility for SSDI […]

Understanding the SSDI appeals process

You may feel understandable frustration if you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance and the U.S. Social Security Administration denies your claim. However, this happens to many applicants, and some of those denied applicants receive approval for benefits after filing appeals. Per the U.S. Social Security Administration, there is a specific appeals process you must follow if […]

Does your medical condition qualify you for SSDI benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an earned benefit. Every paycheck that you have ever received has included withholdings paid to Social Security on your behalf. Most people will only need to draw against those benefits when they reach retirement age. Older adults can use Social Security benefits to supplement other retirement savings. However, if […]

How does the Social Security Disability appeals process work?

You filed your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim carefully and waited…and waited some more. After a long time with very little contact from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you finally got a letter in the mail in response. Your claim was denied. What now? Well, you have to file an appeal Your initial claim is […]

How are disability claims assessed?

Claiming Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is a complex process. It is time-consuming and easy to make errors that could cause your claim to be denied. To improve your chances of a successful claim, you must understand who decides on claims and how they do so. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the government agency […]

What happens when your disability claim is denied?

Your medical condition has clearly been problematic for a while. After consulting with your doctor about it, you made the difficult decision to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Your doctor assured you that you had good reason to consider yourself disabled, so you’re understandably shocked and dismayed when your claim is denied. What […]

Ready to talk about disability with your doctor? Read this first

Deciding to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is already an angst-producing situation, to be sure. But even more nerve-wracking is that first conversation you need to have with your doctor about your decision. Here’s what you need to keep in mind: Your doctor isn’t likely to ever look at you and say, “You’re disabled. […]

It may soon become harder to obtain SSDI benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance is often difficult to obtain, and it appears it may become even more so if a proposed new rule moves forward. The current presidential administration has proposed a new rule that, if passed, would impact about half of all people who apply for disability benefits. It would also narrow the eligibility […]

Who receives SSDI?

Social Security Disability benefits come from the Social Security Administration and provide you with compensation when you cannot work due to a long-term disability. However, the SSA typically denies most applications for these benefits. SSDI has very strict qualifications, which is the reason for the many denials. If you wish to receive SSDI benefits in […]

How can you qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

When New York workers have medical conditions that meet the definition of disability set by Social Security, they may be eligible for benefits. According to the Social Security Administration office, you must first have worked at a job that is covered by Social Security. You meet the definition of disabled if you are unable to do work […]