COVID-19 Checklist for Individuals and Families

COVID-19 Checklist for Individuals and Families As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. Use this  … Read more

Requesting a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge

Requesting a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge You have the right to appeal any decision Social Security makes on whether you are entitled to Social Security benefits or are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. If they determine that you no longer meet the requirements for Social Security or SSI or find that  … Read more

Requesting Review of an Administrative Law Judge’s Hearing Decision 

Requesting Review of an Administrative Law Judge’s Hearing Decision  The Appeals Council is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia with additional offices in Baltimore, Maryland and Crystal City, Virginia. We want to provide you with useful information about the Appeals Council and requesting review of an administrative law judge’s hearing decision.  The Appeals Council review process  … Read more

Degenerative Disc Disease and Social Security Disability

Degenerative Disc Disease and Social Security Disability   You may be eligible for Social Security disability payments if you can no longer work due to degenerative disc disease. To be able to qualify, your condition must meet the Social Security Blue Book listing’s specific criteria.  If an individual has worked enough to earn a minimum number of credits and paid Social Security  … Read more

What is the Wait Time for a Disability Hearing Decision?

WHAT IS THE WAIT TIME FOR A DISABILITY HEARING DECISION? Once you have been through a Social Security Disability hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, you need to wait for your decision to come in the mail. Six weeks to 3 months is the usual time that should be expected. But the length of time  … Read more

SSD/SSI Denials and Appeals 

SSD/SSI Denials and Appeals  When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSI), it’s important to remember that getting approved isn’t easy. You’ll need to effectively manage the process in order to ensure a favorable outcome. Sadly, most claims get denied at least once before a person is approved. According to studies, around 70 percent of  … Read more

Social Security Disability Medical Records

Social Security Disability Medical Records  Medical evidence takes many forms for a Social Security Disability case (SSDI or SSI). These can include imaging reports, blood panels, mental health records, or doctor examination and treatment notes. In order to get a faster determination on your disability claim, you should try to eliminate or reduce the need for the  … Read more

5 Steps to Determine If You Qualify for SSDI 

5 Steps to Determine If You Qualify for SSDI  In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to meet the strict criteria set forth by the Social Security Administration. The plus side is that the process has become more streamlined over time and it’s easier than ever to understand your qualifications before you decide whether or  … Read more

What is OHO (Formerly ODAR)

What is OHO? (Formerly ODAR)  The Social Security hearings office is now known as the Office of Hearings Operations, or OHO, where it was once known as the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The majority of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability (SSD or SSDI) claims are approved at the OHO  … Read more

What happens after my SSD hearing? 

What happens after my SSD hearing?  After bringing your Social Security Disability case before an administrative law judge (ALJ), your file will stay at the local Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) until the judge finishes the decision writing process. Once they make the decision, it is written by staff decision writers and reviewed again by the judge. After determining your Social Security Disability hearing status, the judge may send your  … Read more