What Is A Consultative Examination For Social Security Disability?

Consultative Examinations A consultative examination, often referred to as CE for short, is an additional medical examination ordered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It will be conducted by a licensed medical professional at no cost to the claimant. The medical professionals who conduct consultative examinations are independently contracted with the SSA to perform these exams, and they are required to provide a non-biased opinion based off the medical evidence available. The ultimate purpose of a consultative examination is

Common Mistakes To Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Social Security disability hearings are very unique proceedings. The hearings are non-adversarial and lack many of the legal formalities one would typically expect to encounter. Generally, the hearings are very brief and informal. The hearing will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge who handles only Social Security cases, and their dockets can be very full at times. As these hearings are brief, it is important to make every second count. Here are some common mistakes, and some ways

Am I Disabled?

How Does the Social Security Administration Define “Disabled?” The Social Security Administration (SSA) will find an individual disabled if they have a long-term disability that prevents them from working in any capacity. An individual is disabled if they cannot engage in any substantial gainful activity (commonly referred to as SGA) because of their mental or physical medical condition. A technical approach to evaluating SGA looks at income derived from ongoing work activity that involves significant and productive physical or

Cost of Living Adjustment for Service-Connected VA Benefits

On February 15, the VA published a COLA adjustment notice in the Federal Register. The VA is required to notify Veterans of COLA adjustments by the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, P.L. 115–75. The law requires an increase in rates when the Social Security Administration increases benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act. The Social Security Administration announced a two-percent cost-of-living increase in benefits for 2018. The following rates for VA’s compensation program became

What Is The Average Wait Time For My Social Security Benefits?

What is the Average Wait Time for my Hearing? The national average hit an all-time high in 2017, ringing in at 19.5 months on average an individual had to wait for their social security hearing. Sadly, this trend does not seem to be improving as President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2019 Social Security Administration (SSA) budget would cut staffing. The reduction in staff is projected to create even longer waiting periods as the amount of applications submitted each year increases and the

Will My Trust Be Counted As An Asset For Supplemental Security Income?

How Much in Assets can I have to be Eligible for Supplemental Security Income? Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program for those individuals with low income and low assets. In order to be eligible for SSI benefits, a single individual cannot possess more than $2,000 in assets. Individuals who exceed the $2,000 limit are ineligible for benefits under SSI and should consider filing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Is my Trust Considered an

You May Be Eligible For A Waiver Of Overpayment On Improper Payments Issued By The Social Security Administration

When is a Payment Improper? The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes very seriously its responsibility to reduce instances of improper payments. The SSA will deem payment improper if any payment results from an individual’s failure to report an event, an individual’s intentional false reporting of an event, or an individual’s failure to act on available information affecting the payment. Basically, if you fail to inform or update the SSA with pertinent information about your earnings, the SSA may deem

Medical Records and Your Social Security Claim

Why Submitting All of Your Medical Records is Vital to Your Social Security Claim A lack of evidence is one of the fastest ways for the Social Security Administration (abbreviated as SSA) to deny your claim for benefits, and it is vital that you have every piece of evidence submitted to them for review. This blog addresses why it is so important to have your complete medical history documented and what to do if you are unable to access

What You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Insurance

Under the Social Security Act of 1935, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides a mechanism for disabled workers to receive monthly benefits. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) administers this program, employing defined criteria to determine whether an applicant qualifies for SSDI benefits. What are the Eligibility Requirements for SSDI? In order to qualify for SSDI, there are two requirements – work credits and medical disability. We will discuss the parameters of each requirement below. First, there is a

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Under the Social Security Act of 1935, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides a mechanism for disabled workers to receive monthly benefits. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) administers this program, employing defined criteria to determine whether an applicant qualifies for SSI benefits. These benefits are available to individuals who do not have enough work history to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Who is Eligible for SSI Benefits? Disability benefits under the SSI program are generally geared toward