My Claim Has Been Denied By An Administrative Law Judge – What Are My Options?


You have made your way through the long disability determination process, and finally had a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Unfortunately, the ALJ has denied your claim for benefits. What now? At this point, Social Security gives you a couple of choices. First, you may appeal the ALJ’s decision to the Appeals Council, … Continue reading My Claim Has Been Denied By An Administrative Law Judge – What Are My Options?

Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living


News Release SOCIAL SECURITY Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016 With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016. The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social … Continue reading Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living

Social Security and Depression


Many claimants file for disability because they suffer from depression. Others, due to ongoing chronic pain or other symptoms, may became depressed and although depression may not be their main problem, it may became part of their disability claim. If you notice symptoms of depression because of your medical, and financial situation, you should seek … Continue reading Social Security and Depression

Why has my Social Security Disability claim been denied?


My doctor has told me that I’m disabled, so why has my Social Security Disability claim been denied? Even though your doctor may have reported to Social Security that, in his opinion, you are disabled, Social Security may not automatically adopt that opinion. Rather, they will evaluate all of the medical evidence in your claim … Continue reading Why has my Social Security Disability claim been denied?

Disabled Widow(er) Cases


If certain conditions are met, a person may qualify for disability based of his/her spouse earning record. To qualify for disability insurance benefits, a widow(er) must have become disabled before the end of a certain period described by law. The disability must begin at least 5 full calendar months before the month the widow(er) attains … Continue reading Disabled Widow(er) Cases

80th Anniversary for Social Security


Social Security gets closer to the agency’s historic 80th anniversary and prepares to commemorate the August 14, 1935, signing of the Social Security Act. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin today announced the launch of the agency’s event-filled celebration, with many activities leading up to August 14, 2015. “Social Security offers hope and protection for millions … Continue reading 80th Anniversary for Social Security

How Does SSA Decide if I am Disabled?


Social Security follows a multi-step evaluation process. They will gather medical records from your doctors and obtain hospital records and test results. SSA may choose to have you examined by a doctor or psychologist. To determine if you meet the definition of disability, SSA will ask the following questions: 1) Are you working? If so, … Continue reading How Does SSA Decide if I am Disabled?

The Social Security Disability Claims Process


Paul F. Woodrow Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits involves a sometimes lengthy administrative process.  A claim is filed by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA), which may be done online, over the telephone, or in person at your local SSA office.  The SSA representative will ask you for information about when you became … Continue reading The Social Security Disability Claims Process