What Should I Do to Ensure I Keep Receiving My Benefits?

April 9th, 2013

Some disability claimants, once they are awarded benefits, worry that something might happen to make the benefits stop. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about this. The vast majority of claimants are found to have their disabilities continued at the first evaluation.

What Is a Continuing Disability Review?

April 9th, 2013

Even if you are granted Social Security disability benefits, you might later receive notice of a “continuing disability review” and wonder what this is. The Social Security Administration is required by law to periodically review the cases of those who have been awarded disability benefits.

What Happens After I Receive a Favorable Decision?

April 9th, 2013

If you make a strong enough case for your disability that you are granted a favorable decision, you might wonder exactly what happens next.
A common question asked is whether you have to visit a Social Security Office or fill out any more forms to start receiving benefits.

How Do I Know if I am Doing Substantial Gainful Activity?

February 21st, 2013

The Social Security Administra¬tion uses the “Sequential Evaluation Process” to determine your eligibility for benefits. The first step in the Sequential Evaluation Process evaluates whether you are performing work at the “substantial gainful activity” level, which essentially asks whether your work involves “significant physical or mental activities.

What if My Benefits Were Denied and I Didn’t Appeal?

February 21st, 2013

You usually have 60 days to file an appeal after receiving a denial notice, plus an extra five days to allow for mailing. For the most part, if you do not meet this deadline, you will have to begin again with a new application, which may mean that you will lose some back benefits.

Unemployment Insurance

September 12th, 2012

“I can’t work, but I’ve been receiving unemployment because I need a roof over my head. Will getting unemployment cause my SSA disability appeal to be denied?”

The Answer: Perhaps…or maybe not.

At our office, we receive inquiries often on this issue, particularly since 2009 when layoffs and extensions of unemployment benefits have been common.

Public Benefits Offset to Social Security Disability Benefits

July 19th, 2012

An award of benefits by Social Security for a claimant’s disability may be subject to offset because of payments received from Workers’ Compensation and/or State disability benefits. Because Workers’ Compensation, State disability benefits, and Social Security are all public benefits, the general intent of the offset is to reimburse the state for public benefits paid to an injured worker if that individual also qualifies for Social Security disability.