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My Disability Benefits Were Denied: Where Can I Get Expert Advice?

It is devastating to learn that your application for Social Security Disability benefits was denied. Disability benefits are a financial lifeline to support yourself and your family. If a long-term or permanent disability prevents you from working, you may be wondering what to do next.  After receiving notice of the Social Security Disability benefits denial,…

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Does Social Security Disability Impact Long-term Disability Insurance?

One in four US adults lives with a disability. Fortunately, there may be help available to you if you can not work due to an accident or a medical condition, including private long-term disability insurance benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). Depending on your situation, you may be able to receive both types…

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What Kind of Doctors Should I See To Strengthen My Disability Case?

When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you have to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with adequate medical records and other evidence documenting your inability to work to support your case. In your application, you will list your medical care providers and you need to ensure that the SSA office receives all pertinent…

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Can I Work Part-Time While Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI)?

It is possible to receive Social Security disability benefits if you are working part-time. However, there are strict limits as to how much you can work and earn while getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). But in some cases, you may take part in “work incentives” while receiving the full amount of SSDI. Understanding the…

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Can Unemployment Benefits Affect Your SSDI Case? Attorney Sara J. Frankel Explains

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, an average of one million Americans per week have filed for unemployment benefits. For those also trying to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, many wonder if receiving unemployment can impact their SSDI case. Experienced disability attorney Sara J. Frankel explains how unemployment benefits could jeopardize your…

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How Workers’ Compensation and Temporary Disability Payments Impact Social Security Disability Insurance benefits?

Receiving Temporary Disability Benefits (TDI) or Workers’ Compensation (WC) can reduce your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). Although it is possible to receive both WC or TDI and SSDI, the combined total of these benefits can not be more than 80% of your previous average earnings. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will generally adjust…

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Changes to the DACA Program: What You Need to Know

Despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to reinstate/continue the DACA program, the Trump administration has instead severely restricted it. On July 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum, resulting in significant changes to the DACA program and bringing confusion to immigration law. Here are key factors you need to know about…

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What You Need to Know About Continuing Disability Reviews

Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR) evaluate your ability to return to work if you are already receiving disability benefits. Anyone receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) must be able to prove their medical conditions continue to prevent them from working when the Social Security Administration (SSA), initiates a CDR. Your benefits…

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Temporary Changes to USCIS in Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made recent changes in their operations in response to COVID-19. Changes include plans for reopening USCIS facilities after suspending all in-person services, including interviews and biometrics appointments, from March 18 to June 3, 2020; acceptance of photocopies in place of original signatures; and automatic extensions for Requests…

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What Are Retroactive Disability Payments?

Most people who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) will not receive their benefits immediately. It may take several weeks or even up to several months after an award of benefits for a claimant (applicant) to start receiving their benefits (both for the start of individual monthly payments and the payment of any retroactive…

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What Can a Social Security Disability Attorney Do to Help Me Win My Case?

Are you applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI) benefits? Did you know that working with an attorney who specializes in Social Security and SSI disability cases will drastically improve your chances of having your claim approved? This is what you need to know about hiring a Social…

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How to Get Medical Evidence for Your Disability Claim using Telemedicine

If you file a Social Security disability (SSDI, SSI) claim, you will need to provide medical proof that you have physical, mental health, or cognitive impairments preventing you from working. Accurate, consistent, and timely medical evidence is the cornerstone of a strong SSDI and or SSI benefits claim. However, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Should I Agree To a Social Disability Hearing over Telephone?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has temporarily changed how disability hearings function. Due to social distancing requirements, all Social Security district and field offices and hearing offices have been closed, and in-person hearings have been canceled for the foreseeable future. Social Security Disability Hearing Options During COVID-19 Pandemic However, people…

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How is COVID-19 Impacting Immigration to the United States?

When going through the immigration process to the United States, sometimes things out of your control can impact your case. Most recently, the COVID-19 global pandemic has affected all international travel, including immigration to the United States. If you are a nonimmigrant visa holder or an immigrant, your case may be interrupted or affected by…

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Can I Bring a Family Member to a Disability Hearing?

Do you have a Social Security disability hearing coming up?  It is natural to feel nervous or apprehensive about your approaching disability hearing. Because of this, many of our clients ask if they can bring a family member or friend to the hearing for emotional support. Here is what you need to know about having…

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How Long Does a Social Security Disability Hearing Last?

If you are scheduled to go before a judge for a disability hearing at the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings Operations (the Social Security “court”), you might have some questions about what the experience will be like. Often, our clients ask us, “How long does a Social Security Disability hearing last?” The answer may…

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Conditional Permanent Residency (CR1) and Form I-75: What You Need to Know

Defining Conditional Residency (CR1) If you are an immigrant married to a US citizen or permanent resident for less than two years when your marriage related visa was approved, you will receive a “conditional green card” that expires after 24 months. So what does this mean for you and your spouse? Having a “conditional green…

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What A Vocational Expert Is And Why They Matter For Your SSDI or SSI Disability Hearing

Vocational Experts and Your Mass If you have a Social Security disability hearing coming up, a vocational expert witness will likely be hired by the agency to give testimony at the hearing. But what exactly is a vocational expert and what impact does their testimony have on your case? Vocational Experts and Your Massachusetts SSA…

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Can You Get Veterans Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits Simultaneously?

Serving in the military can be the most rewarding and demanding experience that many Americans go through in their lives. The physical and or psychological toll placed on our soldiers often means many are left either partially or fully disabled. In fact, close to 41 percent of military service members who joined a branch of…

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Important Reasons Why You Need to Be Patient When Waiting for a Disability Hearing Decision

When your disability hearing concludes, arm yourself with patience and do not expect a quick turnaround by the Administrative Law Judge when rendering a decision in your case. Many people become very anxious or worried during the wait to receive the hearing decision in writing. This is totally understandable since the wait is forcing you…

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Do I need a lawyer to represent me at a Social Security disability hearing?

When you apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, expect challenges along the way, including a large amount of paperwork that needs to be completed and the potential denial of your benefits application. There is also a good chance you may need to present the case at a disability hearing, but there is…

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Social Security Disability Hearing – Important Info You Need to Know

If your application for Social Security disability or SSI disability benefits was denied, and your subsequent request for reconsideration was also denied, you may be feeling dejected, scared and unsure about the future. Do not get discouraged. You have the right to request a disability hearing where you can present your case and explain why…

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Appeal a Social Security Disability/SSI Benefits Claim Denial?

If you applied for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, do not be surprised if you receive a denial. Why? Because the vast majority of disability benefit claims are initially denied. In fact, roughly 67 percent of initial disability benefit claims are denied, according to the SSA website. Furthermore, requests for reconsideration (the appeal…

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