I want to discuss some things people need to know before they get a Social Security hearing. I have worked in Social Security law for almost 19 years now and I can tell you there is a lot of information that is needed before having a hearing date and here are some things to remember.
Alabama, and the rest of the United States, is home to immigrants from all over the world who come here to make a decent living. As time passes, many of these people may face financial challenges owing to a number of reasons. In due course, they may require financial support in the form of Social Security Retirement income, Social Security Disability income or Supplemental Security income.
On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims issued a decision in Rey v. Wilkie to define substantial gainful employment (SGA). This is a relevant case for anyone who has a pending Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) claim. Previously, the Board of Veterans Appeals did not have a definition of the term SGA, and therefore, it was impossible to know if the veteran was actually able to perform SGA.
HIV/AIDS is among the most serious illnesses that any person can suffer from. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration understands the gravity of the diseases and how it they affect the lives of patients and their loved ones. Therefore, the agency offers Social Security Disability benefits to those HIV/AIDS patients who meet the SSA's established disability guidelines.
If you could work, you would. You are not the kind of person who enjoys asking for help, but you know when you can't avoid it. Since your illness or injury has left you unable to work to earn a living, you now rely on the benefits of Social Security disability. The process of applying for disability benefits was long and challenging. You may have received a denial at first, which meant you had to go through the appeals process. It was a lot, but it was worth it.
It is an unfortunate reality even today that many children suffer an injury or illness at the time of their birth. The life of that child can then often full of challenges, especially financial, owing to the constant medical attention that the child might need through the rest of his or her life. The Social Security Administration understands those challenges and, therefore, it offers certain benefits to children born with birth injuries or illnesses.
If you have filed or intend to file for disability then know that the work you have done can affect your disability care. When someone files for disability with Social Security, they are alleging that they are unable to work. The basis to Social Security disability is not just based on if you can do work you have done before, but also to consider if there is other work you can do.
After receiving an Unfavorable Decision from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), a Claimant who disagrees with the decision of the ALJ may appeal the decision to the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration within 60 days. The Appeals Council will evaluate a decision of an ALJ for any abuse of discretion by the ALJ, error of law, if the issue affects the general public interest, or if the ALJ's actions, findings, and conclusions were not supported by substantial evidence.
There are many people here in the Mobile area who receive Social Security Disability benefits for a disabling injury or illness. Many of these people also receive financial benefits from other sources such as the state's workers' compensation program and other state-funded benefits or from private sources such as personal insurance or private pension schemes.