How can I speed up the decision on my Social Security claim?

It can take a long time to get approved for disability benefits; several years for many claimants (applicants). However, there are a number of methods to speed up the process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will expedite the processing of SSI and/or SSDI claims that meet certain requirements, typically where a certain medical or financial condition is present. Additionally, there are several options for expediting the resolution of claims are at the hearing level. Continue reading “How can I speed up the decision on my Social Security claim?”

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The Social Security Secrets Episode 6: What is a Denial Letter, and How Can it Help Me?

After waiting months for a decision, you finally get a letter from Disability Determination Services (DDS), but like 75% of all applicants, you were denied. Your first thought was probably not G-rated. But if your second thought was “what in the world does this letter even mean?” you’re not alone. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 6: What is a Denial Letter, and How Can it Help Me?”

Social Security Secrets Episode 4: Getting Approved for Social Security – What are the Listings?

We’ve talked a lot about the application and approval process for Social Security disability benefits: what happens when and by whom.

But here’s what you really want to know: How sick do I have to be to get approved for SSI and SSDI?

Continue reading “Social Security Secrets Episode 4: Getting Approved for Social Security – What are the Listings?”

The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 3: Getting Approved for Social Security – Who Makes the Decision and How?

In the last two episodes of The Social Security Secrets Series, we talked about the first two steps in the SSI/SSDI application process: financial eligibility and the basic application process. Now that you have submitted your application to the Social Security Administration (SSA), what happens? Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 3: Getting Approved for Social Security – Who Makes the Decision and How?”

Social Security vs. Veterans Affairs: The Nitty Gritty on Disability Benefits

I recently wrote a post called Maximizing Benefits for Disabled Veterans. That post discussed a brief overview of how disabled veterans might be able to benefit from Social Security disability benefits in addition to their VA Disability Compensation benefits.  However, there is much more to consider when you are thinking of applying for both SSA and VA benefits.

Continue reading “Social Security vs. Veterans Affairs: The Nitty Gritty on Disability Benefits”

The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 2: How Do I Apply?

Collecting your information is half the battle

Episode 2: How Do I Apply?

At this point you have passed the work and income requirements for at least one Social Security disability benefits program, SSI or SSDI. Now let’s talk about what you should expect during the application process. Though the process is a bit cumbersome, it does not have to be painful if you know what to expect and how to make it a bit easier. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 2: How Do I Apply?”