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If I apply for Social Security disability benefits and they turn me down, should I give up?

Dec 28, 2010 Comments Off on If I apply for Social Security disability benefits and they turn me down, should I give up? by

A claimant’s chances of winning at the Initial level of review are only about 35%. Claimants who ask for and get a hearing on their Social Security disability claim win over 60% of the time. We understand that it can be a confusing process, and we are happy to answer any of your questions.

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Will Social Security approve my claim without a doctor saying that I am disabled?

Dec 28, 2010 Comments Off on Will Social Security approve my claim without a doctor saying that I am disabled?

While it certainly helps your chances of winning if your doctor agrees that you are disabled, it is not essential. Many claimants win even though they have no doctor or their doctor hasn’t given an opinion about disability. Some claimants do win even when their doctors say they are not disabled.

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My doctor says I'm disabled. Does this mean that Social Security must approve my claim?

Dec 28, 2010 Comments Off on My doctor says I'm disabled. Does this mean that Social Security must approve my claim?

No, Social Security denies many disability claims even when a doctor says the claimant is disabled. Many of these cases can be won through appeal.

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I've been receiving benefits and think I am ready to go back to work. Is this a bad idea?

Dec 28, 2010 Comments Off on I've been receiving benefits and think I am ready to go back to work. Is this a bad idea?

Usually cash benefits and Medicare and Medicaid continue for a considerable period of time after a disabled person goes back to work. Ask us if you have specific questions about your case. The rules really encourage a claimant who wants to return to work.

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Can I rely upon what they tell me at Social Security?

Dec 28, 2010 Comments Off on Can I rely upon what they tell me at Social Security?

It’s rare for a Social Security employee to mislead someone deliberately, but you should not rely upon everything they tell you at Social Security. Questions about Social Security are often difficult to answer. Claimants make it tougher for Social Security because they do not know how to ask questions to get an accurate answer. Social […]

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How does Social Security determine if I am disabled?

Nov 18, 2010 No Comments

Social Security is supposed to gather your medical records and carefully consider all of your health problems, as well as your age, education and work experience. In general, Social Security is supposed to decide whether you are able to do your past work. If Social Security decides that you are unable to do your past […]

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I got hurt in an auto accident. I am disabled now, but I expect that I will be able to return to work after I recover. Should I file for SSDI or SSI?

Nov 18, 2010 Comments Off on I got hurt in an auto accident. I am disabled now, but I expect that I will be able to return to work after I recover. Should I file for SSDI or SSI?

If you expect to be out of work for a year or more due to your medical condition, or even if you are just not sure if you will be out of work that long, you should file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Cases take so long that it is best to start […]

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