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How high are SSDI benefits?

SSDI benefits may be a vital lifeline for disabled workers. On average, the monthly Social Security Disability Insurance benefit is $1,234 in Jan. 2019. However, beneficiaries may receive a monthly benefit that is less or more than this amount. Benefits are calculated on a worker's average lifetime earnings. Payments are not based on household income or the severity of the disability.

New rules complicate SSDI hearings

The Social Security Disability eligibility process may be complicated, but new federal regulations issued over the last two years have also added complexity to seeking SSDI benefits. The Social Security Administration imposed requirements that evidence must be submitted within at least five days before a hearing or the administrative law judge must be notified of that evidence within that time. ALJs may refuse to consider evidence that was not submitted before this deadline. Some ALJs may not consider any late evidence unless there was good cause for missing this deadline, but there are no rules defining good cause.

What if I need a special examination for my SSD benefits claim?

For Georgia residents who are seeking Social Security disability benefits, cases will be decided based on the evidence presented. That includes the medical evidence. However, some cases require more information so an informed and fair decision can be made. This is when a special examination might be needed. Understanding the circumstances under which this will be requested and what it means is an important factor in a case.

New proposal in progress to monitor SSD recipients' social media

While a majority of people receiving Social Security disability benefits are honest and forthcoming about their medical conditions and their inability to work, there are some people who take advantage of the system by exaggerating their injuries to collect benefits they don't really need. The Trump Administration is working with SSA officials to put a stop to these fraudulent disability claims with a new proposal that would let officials monitor SSD recipients' social media accounts.

How does the duration requirement impact SSD benefits?

When Georgia residents are seeking Social Security disability benefits because they are injured, ill or suffering from a condition that prevents them from working, it is crucial to remember that there must be evidence provided to show that the application should be approved. This can be worrisome and complicated, especially when a person is in desperate need of the SSD benefits. However, to avoid the mistakes and denials that often come with failure to give the Social Security Administration the information it needs to make an informed decision, it is wise to have legal help.

What you need to know about working and receiving SSD benefits

In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, you must have a medical condition or illness that prevents you from performing basic work-related tasks and that lasts for a minimum of 12 months. Many people receiving SSDI benefits get to a point where they want to go back to work, but they are afraid of losing their benefits. Fortunately, there are ways for you to still receive benefits while working.

What are the physical exertion requirements for SSD benefits?

When people in Fayetteville and throughout Georgia suffer from an illness, injury or condition that they believe warrant Social Security disability benefits, there are many federal regulations and requirements they must understand during the application process. One that is often misunderstood is residual functional capacity (RFC) and how it will impact whether the final decision for SSD benefits.

What happens after my disability benefits are approved?

Once the Social Security Administration, or SSA, has reviewed your application for disability benefits, a decision will be made as to whether to award you Social Security Disability benefits. If your application is denied, you and your attorney can go through the appeals process to hopefully change the SSA's decision. However, it is important to note that even if you have been granted benefits, you will have to take certain steps to ensure that you continue to receive benefits for as long as you need them.

How is the decision made when I apply for SSD benefits?

Georgia residents who are suffering from a medical condition, illness or injury and cannot work will want to understand the requirements to get Social Security Disability Insurance. Many people are denied SSD benefits not because their issues do not meet the medical requirements to get an approval, but because they have made a mistake in the application process. Regardless of the circumstances, having legal assistance is helpful when filing for benefits. The Social Security Administration will ask five questions in a step-by-step manner to decide whether an applicant can be approved.


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