Posts Tagged ‘social security administration’

Social Security Disability Benefits to Increase in 2015

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The Social Security Administration announced that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 1.7 percent for 2015. This 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will start on December 31, 2014 for SSI beneficiaries and in January 2015 for SSDI beneficiaries.

James W. Nuebel
Florida Social Security Disability Attorney

How much back pay can you receive for Social Security disability?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

If you are found disabled by the Social Security Administration for individuals and for disabled widow’s and widower’s the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can not begin until five months after the claimant was determined to be disabled and disability can not be paid more than one year prior to the date the claim was filed.

There is not a five month waiting period for the benefits to begin for disabled adult child SSDI claimants but benefits can not be paid more than six months prior to the date the claim was filed.

For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants the benefits can not be paid before the start of the month following the date the claim was filed.

James W. Nuebel
Florida Social Security Attorney

How to Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When I receive an initial telephone call from a potential Social Security disability client they often have not applied for disability benefits as they are not sure how to start the process or think they need an attorney to file the application for them. This blog will discuss how to apply for disability benefits and some pointers to help you apply for benefits.

The best way to apply for benefits is to do it online at ssa.gov which will take you step by step through the process. You can log on and off at your leisure until the application is complete then hit the submit button.

You will need basic information such as claimant’s full name, home address, telephone numbers, date of birth, Social Security Number, marital status, any dependents etc. Also will need information about work history and any medical conditions that is preventing you from working.

It is very important that you provide complete information regarding your medical treatment to include doctors name, name of the medical practice, address and telephone number so the Social Security Administration can obtain these medical records. If you do not fully disclose the medical information the SSA can not get the records.

Other ways to apply for Social Security disability benefits is to call the SSA at their toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and they will schedule an appointment at your local SSA office to complete the application. Another way to apply is to go to the local SSA office as an unscheduled walk in but be prepared for a long wait.

Further list all medical and mental conditions even if they seem minor to you as sometimes a combination of medical conditions may prevent from working whereas any of the conditions singularly would not prevent you from working.

Also give some thought on the date you use as the date you became disabled which should be the date you were no longer able to work. Such dates may be the date you had to be hospitalized, or had surgery, or had to quit your job due to the inability to continue working due to medical conditions.

James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Attorney

Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disabilty Claims

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When you apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, sometimes the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide you need to have a consultative examination (CE) or tests with a medical doctor before they can determine if you qualify for disability benefits.

The Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your state reviews your disability claim, will schedule and pay for the medical examination or tests and will review this documentation along with all of your other information in your application in making a decision.

The doctor who sees you will only do an examination, will send a report to the DDS and will not treat you or prescribe medications for you.

The claimant will receive a letter from the SSA informing them whether they are disabled. If the claimant does not agree with the decision the letter will advise the claimant on how to appeal the decision. If the claim is denied and you do not already have an attorney representing you then you should hire an attorney to file any necessary appeals on your behalf.

James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Attorney

The Listing of Impairments

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Social Security Administration uses what are called the Listing of Impairments in determining if a claimant is disabled and describes for each major body system impairments that are severe enough to prevent a person from engaging in any gainful activity. Currently there are over 100 listed impairments.

The Listing of Impairments discusses what kinds of medical evidence should be reviewed and how the SSA evaluates signs, symptoms, laboratory results, diagnostic testing findings, responses to prescribed treatment and functional limitations to determine the severity of impairments. If the evidence proves the existence of all of the criteria required by one of the impairment listings then the claimant meets the Listing and will be found disabled.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

How Are Social Security Disability Claims Evaluated?

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The Social Security Administration law requires that a person’s physical and mental impairment(s) have to be of such severity that they can not perform their previous work but also can not, considering their age, education and work experience, do any other kind of substantial gainful work which exists in the national economy, regardless of whether such work exists in the immediate area in which they live, or whether a specific job vacancy exists for them, or whether they would be hired if they applied for the job. In laymans terms this means for you to collect Social Security disability benefits you must prove your physical or mental impairments are so severe that it prevents you from doing any of your former jobs and prevents you from doing any other type of work.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

How Is The Term Disability Defined By The Social Security Administration?

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

The term disability under the Social Security Administration rules is defined as an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. In laymans terms this means for you to collect Social Security disability benefits you have to prove that you have severe physical or mental conditions that prevent from working fulltime and this disability will last for at least one consecutive year or you are expected to die from this condition.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Nuebel Law Firm Goals

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

My goal as an attorney at the Nuebel Law Firm is to represent SSDI and SSI disability claimants to the best of my ability, to successfully guide them through the Social Security Administration system and to prosecute and advocate on their behalf to protect their income rights.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Why Hire A Lawyer for Your Social Security Disability Claim?

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

When speaking with potential Social Security disability clients on why and when should they hire an attorney I advise them that they can handle everything on their own but the Social Security Administration’s own statistics prove that claimants who are represented by an attorney win SSDI and SSI disability benefits more often than claimants who represent themselves. I advise claimants to file the intial application (the Social Security Administration will assist you with this) and then hire an attorney or you can wait to see if you are denied before hiring an attorney. When denied you have 60 days to file an appeal and at this point you should definitely hire an attorney. Do not try to go it all alone- hire an experienced Social Security disability attorney.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney

Social Security Disability Hearing

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

How to present your best case for Social Security disability benefits at your hearing.  Be specific in detailing your limitations, restrictions and problems when testifying to the judge. Always be honest and truthful as all of your testimony is under oath.

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