Category: SSA

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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Your Social Security Statement is now at your fingertips

Have you ever received a Social Security Statement in the mail? You know, the one that shows all the earnings you’ve had each year and how much you could receive per month in Social Security benefits when you retire? The Statement contains crucial information workers need to plan for a comfortable retirement. Now, thanks to [..]

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When do disability benefits start?

Disability benefits for workers and widows usually cannot begin for 5 months after the established onset of the disability. Therefore, Social Security disability benefits will be paid for the sixth full month after the date the disability began. The 5-month waiting period does not apply to individuals filing as children of workers. Under SSI, disability [..]

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How is the disability determination made?

SSA’s regulations provides a procedure known as the “sequential evaluation process” for disability evaluation.   For adults, this  is a five step process that requires sequential review of the claimant’s current work activity, the severity of his or her impairment(s), a determination of whether his or her impairment(s) meets or medically equals a listing (see Part [..]

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Who can get disability benefits under Social Security?

Under the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Act), there are three basic categories of individuals who can qualify for benefits on the basis of disability: A disabled insured worker under full retirement age. An individual disabled since childhood (before age 22) who is a dependent of a parent entitled to title [..]

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Disability Determination Process

Most Social Security disability claims are initially processed through a network of local Social Security Administration (SSA) field offices and State agencies (usually called Disability Determination Services or DDSs). Subsequent appeals of unfavorable determinations may be decided in a DDS or by an administrative law judge in SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Social [..]

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How Long Do I Have After My Husband’s Death to Prove My Disability for Social Security?

updated by Beth Laurence, J.D. Surviving spouses and even divorced surviving spouses (who were married at least ten years) can sometimes get Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) based on their deceased spouse’s work record. These benefits are called disabled widow(er)’s benefits (DWB). The deceased spouse must have worked enough years paying Social Security taxes into [..]

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