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NEW VIDEO HEARING REQUIREMENTS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY

The Social Security Administration published a notice on November 15th that they propose to enter a rule regarding the appearance of Claimants and Representatives at Social Security hearings. Currently, SSA allows you to decide whether you wish to appear in person or by video hearing. They are proposing to do away with this option. This change would affect all Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings and any hearings with Disability Hearing Officers on continuing disability claims. 

Disability Reconsideration in Alabama

In October 1999, the Social Security Administration began testing the Disability Redesign Prototype model in 10 states, including Alabama. This prototype model eliminated the reconsideration process and sent initial determination appeals on disability issues to the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) for a hearing. This eliminated a step in the disability process.

What Happens to Social Security Disability Benefits during a Government Shutdown?

As of January 2, 2019, the United States government has been partially shut down for 11 days. A partial government shutdown means that around 25% of the United States federal government has no funding. While parts of the government have been funded and will remain open, 9 of 15 federal agencies have not been funded and around 800,000 federal employees are going without pay.  These agencies include the Department of Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury.

What is a Continuing Disability Review?

Many times when a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim is approved, an Alabama judge will also order a Continuing Disability Review, also known as a CDR. Some illnesses for which claimant's apply for disability can have significant improvement with the correct treatment and patient compliance. In many cases, especially those in which a claimant is diagnosed with a progressive disease, such as diabetes, symptoms worsen drastically over time without treatment.

Disabled Widow's Benefits

A disabled widow's benefit is paid to the disabled spouse of a deceased worker who had earned enough Social Security credits. In order to receive disabled widow's benefits, the widow (or widower) must meet the following requirements:

What Is a "Closed Period" In a Social Security Disability Case?

Most people who apply for Social Security Disability are alleging that they are disabled and will continue to be unable to work for an indefinite amount of time.  However, here in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, it is not uncommon for a Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income case to take up to two years from start to finish.  During this wait time, some people recover from their disabling condition and are able to return to work.  What happens to his or her case when this happens? 

Holidays can be Difficult for Those Filing for Disability

The holidays can be especially taxing for those without income. Many already struggle with providing every day food and medications for themselves or loved ones. With the holidays, comes a time, when family and friends, especially children, expect gifts that some just may not be able to afford. This is especially true for people filing claims for Social Security Disability and facing lengthy wait times on their claims.

What happens if my disability benefits are reviewed?

Having your Social Security disability benefits reviewed can be alarming. Because so many disabled individuals and their families rely on disability Social Security disability benefits, it is helpful to understand the review process and how eligibility for benefits is reviewed.

What types of medical conditions qualify for disability benefits?

Understanding what types of medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability benefits can be half the battle of obtaining the benefits many disabled individuals badly need. This blog can help answer some questions disabled individuals have about Social Security disability benefits for illness.

Appeal a denied claim related to SSD benefits for illness

When a picture comes to a person's mind of a "disabled" person, what's the first thing thought of? For many people in Alabama, it's the thought of a person with a physical ailment or disability, something that is clear with one glance that inhibits a person's ability to lead a normal life. This would include a disabled person's ability to find and keep steady employment. However, not all disabilities are immediately known at first glance and not all manifest in a physical sense.

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