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HOW TO WIN PRESUMPTIVE DISABILITY BENEFITS

Because applying for disability benefits can be a long process, the SSA has made temporary or presumptive disability benefits available for Supplemental Security Income applicants. These benefits are available for 6 months. You can receive these monthly benefits while the Social Security Administration processes your SSI claim. Presumptive disability payments are only available to… Read More »

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FEDERAL COURT REVIEW FOR YOUR SSD CASE

CAN YOU APPEAL YOUR SSD CASE TO FEDERAL COURT? It is possible to appeal a denial from the Appeals Council to Federal Court. However, in order to have access to judicial review under the Social Security Act, the decision of the SSA must be final. Also, you must file a Complaint in Federal Court within… Read More »

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HOW THE SSA EVALUATES PAIN

The SSA evaluates pain when it considers your claim for disability benefits. How the SSA evaluates pain is probably one of the most important issues in a disability case. Social Security Regulations have evolved over time from using only objective medial evidence as proof of pain, to mandating consideration of subjective testimony along with objective… Read More »

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BACK PAIN AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR BACK IMPAIRMENTS Do you have back pain that results in disability? To qualify for disability benefits, the SSA requires you to have a “medically determinable” impairment that lasts for at least one year. This means that MRI’s, CT scans, or x-rays, should show show that your back pain is… Read More »

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE & SSD BENEFITS

Substance abuse could prevent you from winning disability benefits. This is because the SSA has regulations that prevent you from winning SSD benefits if your disability is due to abuse of alcohol or drugs. Abuse of alcohol is not just occasional use, social drinking, or a drink with dinner. It is an unhealthy addiction… Read More »

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WHAT QUESTIONS WILL THE JUDGE ASK AT MY DISABILITY HEARING?

Are you wondering what questions the disability judge will ask at your SSA hearing? Don’t worry, an SSA hearing is nothing like an impeachment hearing. You are the main witness, but you will not be grilled with questions like they do to witnesses on television. SSA hearings are informal. They are also private, which… Read More »

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THREE REASONS TO HIRE A DISABILITY ATTORNEY TO WIN YOUR SSD CASE

There are more than three reasons to hire a disability attorney to represent you in your claim for SSD benefits. The reason most people don’t hire an attorney is they think it will cost too much money. What most people don’t know is that attorney fees in disability cases are controlled by the government…. Read More »

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MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS THE JUDGE MUST CONSIDER

HOW DOES THE JUDGE RATE MENTAL CONDITIONS AT DISABILITY HEARINGS? Mental Impairments are crucial to determining disability. At disability hearings, the ALJ must weigh the medical evidence. By “weigh” the evidence, he or she must determine which evidence to give the most credence too. For example, most SSA files contain evidence from the claimant’s… Read More »

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CONSULTATIVE EXAMINATION TIPS – Medical Evidence Wins Your Disability Claim

WHAT IS A CONSULTATIVE EXAMINATION? After you apply for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you may receive a notice scheduling you for a Consultative Examination.  The SSA usually schedules a Consultative Examination during the first six months of the appeals process. For instance, they will schedule it during the initial… Read More »

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MANAGING STRESS DURING COVID-19

Are you having difficulty managing stress during Covid-19?  If so, the state of Utah is providing free help to those who need it.  Below you will find free numbers you can call. The state of Utah has crisis lines to help you during this difficult time. FREE CRISIS AND HOTLINE TO YOU MANAGE STRESS… Read More »

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