Social Security Disability

SSA Wait Times for Disability Claim Processing Increases


If you have applied for disability benefits and are experiencing delays in a decision from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you’re not alone. Social Security wait times have increased over the past several years and have doubled since 2016. The total average processing time for 2024 so far is 225 days, compared to 110 days…

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What Happens to My Benefits When I Reach Retirement Age?


When you reach retirement age, your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits will typically convert to Social Security retirement benefits without any additional application required. The amount you receive may stay the same, although it could be recalculated based on your work history and earnings leading up to retirement age. Additionally, while there are set limits…

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What to Know About Social Security Disability Interview Questions


An interview is a crucial step in your disability benefits application.  This interview is typically conducted by a Social Security Administration (SSA) representative to gather information about your medical condition, work history, and other relevant details. The Social Security Disability interview should be approached carefully, with the guidance of an experienced disability lawyer to present…

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Top 10 Common Social Security Disability Myths


When you’ve become disabled and need help, the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers numerous programs to provide assistance for yourself and your household. Unfortunately, many myths and false claims could steer an applicant in the wrong direction. Before you file your claim, here’s what you need to know: The Truth About Social Security Disability Myths:…

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How Does Turning 50 Affect Your Disability Benefits?

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Turning 50 is a tremendous milestone for anyone. However, people collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) may wonder what this means for their benefits. While the rules for SSD technically do not change when the beneficiary turns 50, here are five ways the SSA considers age and could work in your favor. 1. Age Categories:…

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How Long Does it Take to Get Backpay?


The Social Security Disability claims process can often be a lengthy process of trial and error. Fortunately, once approved for benefits, you could be eligible for retroactive benefits, also known as backpay.   Could I Get SSD Backpay? Once approved, backpay covers the period between the disability onset date and the application date – when…

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What to Know About Continuing Disability Reviews

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Suppose you were approved by the SSA for disability benefits and begin collecting your monthly payments. In that case, you must expect routine Continuing Disability Reviews, or CDRs, for the SSA to ensure you’re still eligible.  Receiving notice that the SSA will conduct a CDR for the first time could be nerve-wracking, and it could…

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Wait Times for Disability Claims Are At an All-Time High

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If you are a Social Security Disability claimant waiting longer than usual for a decision from the SSA, you are not alone. In fact, you are joined by nearly one million Americans in the Social Security backlog. Due to underfunding and diminished staff, Social Security is seeing massive processing delays and cannot keep up with…

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What is the Reconsideration Stage in the SSD Process?

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If an initial application for benefits is denied, you can file for reconsideration. In the reconsideration phase, the claim will be reviewed once more by the SSA. If it doesn’t make it past the second review, it requires a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). If your claim enters the reconsideration phase, don’t panic…

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What You Should Know About SSD Claim Time Limits

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Social Security Disability benefits are designed to help those unable to work meet their basic needs with crucial financial assistance. If you have recently become disabled and can no longer support yourself, you may be eligible for benefits under certain conditions. This includes earning enough work credits and applying within Social Security’s claim time limits….

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