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

Social Security Disability Blue Book 

Social Security Disability Blue Book  Many people who feel they are disabled don’t understand what criteria the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to make a decision about their application. The main factor in determining a disability claim is a listing of impairments collectively known as the “Blue Book.”  How Do Blue Book Disability Qualifications Work?   … Read more

Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) 

Administrative Law Judges (ALJs)  ALJs, or Administrative Law Judges, work for and are appointed by the federal government to deliver rulings in many statutory law areas. More importantly for you, they work for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to decide whether to approve Disability claims after a hearing. You can find these Disability judges at  … Read more

Does SSDI Affect Section 8 Housing?

Does SSDI Affect Section 8 Housing?  SSDI, or Social Security Disability Insurance, is a monthly benefit payment given to those whose medical condition keeps them from working. The amount you receive is based on the amount you’ve paid into Social Security while employed and your age. The National Alliance on Mental Illness stated that on average,  … Read more

Social Security Disability for Partial or Total Blindness 

Social Security Disability for Partial or Total Blindness  Whether you are totally, legally, or partially blind, you may be eligible for the Social Security Administration’s Disability benefits for the blind. In order to qualify, the SSA requires that your vision loss be quite significant and be present in both eyes. Those blind in one eye are  … Read more