Category: Representation

Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

What is Substantial Gainful Activity? Substantial gainful activity is work performed for pay above a certain earning level. If you are working and have earnings above a certain level, your social security disability claim cannot be approved regardless of the severity of your medical condition. The amount of monthly earnings that SSA considers depends on [..]

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FIVE-DAY RULE FOR SUBMITTING EVIDENCE AT HEARINGS

HALLEX: I-2-6-58. Admitting Evidence Submitted At Least Five Business Days Before the Hearing If a claimant or appointed representative informs the agency about or submits evidence less than five business days before the date of the scheduled hearing, at, or after the hearing, the ALJ may decline to consider that evidence the circumstances in 20 CFR [..]

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New Ruling 16-03p – Evaluation of Symptoms

Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims This SSR supersedes SSR 96-7p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing the Credibility of an Individual’s Statements. PURPOSE: We are rescinding SSR 96-7p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II and XVI Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims: Assessing [..]

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What Happens at a Social Security Disability Hearing?

The ALJ may ask questions of a vocational expert, a medical expert, and you. Social Security disability hearings are typically short and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. While many SSD claimants mistakenly assume that their hearing will be similar to a court appearance, ALJ hearings tend to be somewhat informal. In [..]

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What Benefits Do You Get From Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability Insurance could help you make ends meet if you’re unable to work. If you become disabled and can no longer work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on your work record. Since SSDI benefits are based on your work record, they are generally comparable to what your Social [..]

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