SSDI and Multiple Sclerosis 

SSDI and Multiple Sclerosis  Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic autoimmune disorder that targets the central nervous system. Essentially, this means that your immune system attacks your spinal cord, brain, and even the optic nerves. It damages the insulation around the nerves, and will eventually progress to the point that disability to some degree can occur.  … Read more

Why Is Social Security So Hard to Be Approved?

Why Is Social Security So Hard to Be Approved?  Did you know that out of the millions who apply for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) each year only 30% are approved? Why are so many denied? Why is it so hard to get SSDI? We are going to look at several reasons for this, and help  … Read more

How COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Spreads

How COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Spreads COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. How COVID-19  Spreads Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with  … Read more

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