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Knowing the Difference Between SSDI and SSI Benefits

It's easy to confuse Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The acronyms are only a letter apart; however, there are significant differences between these two government programs.

5 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Collecting Disability Benefits

It is well publicized that the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it difficult to collect disability benefits. The application process is difficult and cumbersome. Unfortunately, the SSA will deny valid claims forcing you to utilize the appeals procedure.

Taxability of Social Security Disability Benefits

A common question that many individuals who collect Social Security Disability benefits have is whether the benefits are subject to taxes. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. Instead, the answer is that "it depends" and if you are unsure of your obligation, you should consult with a Social Security benefits attorney or accountant.

Unfavorable Hearing Decision from the Administrative Law Judge

If you receive an unfavorable decision after your Social Security Disability hearing, you have one more level of appeal to within the Social Security Administration to pursue your claim for disability benefits. You will want to consult with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to review your options for an appeal.

Setting the Record Straight about Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Disability benefit system is often negatively depicted by politicians and media coverage. Those of us with intimate knowledge of the system are surprised how much misinformation is contained within the criticism. Individuals who are disabled from work are often portrayed as "takers" who would rather collect benefits than find a job.

Fiscal Year 2013 Disability Workload

The following table provides data on the Fiscal Year 2013 disability claims and appeals workload.

Fiscal Year 2013 Workload Data Disability Appeals

Prepared by: SSA, Office of Disability Program Management Information, 12/31/13; Office of Budget, 02/06/14 Data Sources: A) Initial and Recondersideration Data: SSA State Agency Operation Report; B) Administrative Law Judge and Appeals Council data: SSA Office of Disability Adjundication and Review (ODAR); C) Federal Court data: SSA Office of General Councel

How the SSA Determines Medical Impairments

If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, and you live in the Oakland, California area, we strongly recommend that you consult with an Oakland disability attorney. A local disability law firm, such as LaPorte Law Firm with an office in downtown Oakland, can help you present evidence to Social Security of your medically determinable impairment.

Tips on Preparing for your Disability Hearing

The Hearing Process

The administrative hearing at the Social Security administration offices is your opportunity to present more information about your disability claim. You will be expected to appear at the time and date established for your hearing.

Frequently Asked Questions about Qualifying for Disability Benefits

Here are some common questions and answers about disability benefits from an Oakland Social Security disability law firm.

How does the Social Security Administration (SSA) determine whether claimants are disabled or are not disabled?

To make a finding of disability, the Social Security Administration will examine what kinds of work-related activities a claimant can do taking his or her impairments into account.

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Tips for Your Doctor from Your Oakland Disability Lawyer

Your doctor will play an important role in your disability case. Your Oakland disability attorney will communicate with your doctor to prepare him or her for this role and answer any questions he or she may have.

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