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Past Relevant Work (PRW)

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

 The Social Security Administration reviews the past fifteen years of your past relevant work history, per the Code of Federal Regulations Section 416.965. This is work that would have been performed for three months at the least, full-time, and that you had an opportunity to learn the work. Yo...

Testifying at your Disability Hearing

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Social Security Hearings are informal. There is not a jury present, there's no judge's gavel and it is non-adversarial. There is not a lawyer present representing Social Security. However, there is a judge present with his assistant. You do not have to ‘all rise' when the judge comes in. In fa...

Denied at the Federal Court and starting over

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the Federal Court level the judge reviews your disability claim, all prior appeals and your medical evidence. A judgment is made as to whether you meet Social Security's definition of eligibility for disability. If the Federal Court denies your claim you have gone as far as you can with your ...

I've applied for disability benefits now what?

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

So the Application has been filed. Now what? Filing a disability claim is not a quick and easy process. In fact you may be waiting for over a year before your claim is even rendered final decision, especially if you have to appeal before a Federal Judge. Legal representation through Disability At...

Applying for SSDI

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

An application for disability benefits should be filed as soon as you become disabled. But here's the twist: once you've been approved as having a disability, your benefits won't begin until the 6th full month of your disability. There is a five month waiting period involved. So, on the date yo...

Effective April 27, 2020

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration has decided to change a policy that has been in place for 40 years. The 40-year-old rule conditioned that if you didn't speak the language, well then that was a factor for an award of disability benefits. The old way of thinking would suppose that if you didn'...

Date of Last Insured (DLI)

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Your Date of Last Insured (DLI) is important to know because of your disability onset date, or in other words the date you reported that you were disabled. That is, you were not able to maintain the amount for Substantial Gainful Activity or SGA anymore. (See my prior post on what SGA is). If y...

Work History Report

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

When you've finally reached the point where you are mentally and physically unable to perform regular duties in your job, including some cases where an employer has even made accommodations for you, and you are still unable to perform the regular duties of your job, you may have a case for disa...

Residual Functional Capacity (RFC)

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Social Security will send you a form called a Function Report, after you file your application for disability benefits. In this form you explain what you can do, what you have trouble doing and lastly what you can't do anymore. After assessing your answers, Social Security will determine what's...

What is SGA anyway?

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

In order to be eligible for benefits you must be unable to work. The Social Security Administration supposes that if you're not able to work, you're not engaging in what's called Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). For 2020, the monthly amount or SGA for non-blind persons amounts to $1260 per mo...

Ticket to Work

Posted by Madeline M. McIntosh | Mar 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration has a program, called Ticket to Work. It supports those ages 18-64 who want to work, and who also receive Social Security disability benefits, SSDI or SSI. This voluntary and free program is for those who are eligible and who want to advance professionally, by w...

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