Working While Applying for Social Security Disability

In prior posts I’ve explored how someone already receiving SSI or SSDI can return to work. But can you work while you are in the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits? Even though many of the same rules apply, there are a few different issues that face those still in the application process.  These are what I call the Who, What, When, Where, How (much), and Why of your current job. Continue reading “Working While Applying for Social Security Disability”

The Social Security Secrets Episode 7: What do I do if I am denied for SSI or SSDI?

Only about 25% of applicants for Social Security disability benefits, SSI and SSDI, are approved the first time they apply. For the 75% of applicants who are denied, there are four levels of appeal: Reconsideration, Administrative Law Judge hearing, Appeals Council review, and filing a civil suit in Federal Court. This post will focus on the first appeal: the reconsideration. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Episode 7: What do I do if I am denied for SSI or SSDI?”

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 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?”

The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 1: Am I eligible?

You may be surprised to find out that not everyone who is disabled can apply for SSI or SSDI benefits. SSA imposes several technical criteria on potential applicants that they must meet before they can even apply for SSI or SSDI benefits. Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Series Episode 1: Am I eligible?”

The Social Security Secrets Series: What really happens with your disability application?

What is going on with my case? Who is DDS? Why are they sending me these forms? Why do they need to know about all of my doctors? Why am I giving them all of this financial information? What happens if I appeal? These are all questions I have heard over and over again, and for good reason! Continue reading “The Social Security Secrets Series: What really happens with your disability application?”

3 Things You Can Do To Win Your Social Security Disability Claim

Whether you’ve already applied for Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI), are thinking about applying, or were recently denied, there are three things you can do today to increase your chances of getting approved. Continue reading “3 Things You Can Do To Win Your Social Security Disability Claim”