Changes in the Listings for Neurological Disorders

The Social Security Administration has issued its first updated rules since 1985 for evaluating neurological conditions under Listing 11.00, including Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. These revisions will be in effect for five years. The listings address only neurological disorders and complications from those disorders, even if they impact other bodily systems or mental health.

Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. SSDI has been a salvation for millions of people with long-term and severe disabilities and illnesses. The program, signed into law by President Eisenhower on August 1, 1956, amended the Social Security Act (SSA) to provide economic security to disabled workers and disabled children of retired or deceased workers, just as the SSA provides retirees with protection from impoverishment in old age.

Court Finds that SSA Should Classify Your Job the Way It is Performed “Most of the Time”

At disability hearings, the Social Security judge will evaluate whether your physical and mental impairments prevent you from performing the work you have done in the past 15 years. On June 7, 2016; the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Stacy v. Colvin upheld the rule that Social Security cannot use the least demanding aspect of your past work to classify the difficulty level of the job.

How to Respond to a Notice of Overpayment

If an individual is overpaid SSI or SSDI benefits, what happens? When the Social Security Administration (SSA) finds that it has overpaid disability benefits, either due to a calculating mistake, change in circumstances or other factors, it will issue a Notice of Overpayment which instructs repayment of the overpaid amount within 30 days.

How Long is the Wait for a Disability Hearing ?

Clients often ask how long it will take for their SSI or SSDI disability benefits appeal to be scheduled for a hearing before a Social Security administrative law judge. The chart below shows the average wait time – in months – between the date a hearing is requested and the date a hearing is held for the hearing offices in Northern California, Reno and Honolulu.

Decline in Social Security Disability Applications

Despite the media’s focus on the large numbers of disabled workers applying for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), the actual numbers tell quite a different story. For each the past five years, since 2010, the number of applications for disability benefits from people who have been employed has declined.