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Does owning a business qualify as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

Does owning a business qualify as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
One of the most frequently asked questions from our disability attorneys is whether a disability claimant can run a business and still qualify for Social Security Disability. The quick answer, if you have paid self-employment taxes (SECA) just like the regular taxes for the employed (FICA) over the years, then you are eligible for Social Security D...
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What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for SSDI?

What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for SSDI?
In addition to the medical requirements, medical records, physicians testimonies and enough work credits for AIME, you need to be unable to perform sufficient work under substantial gainful activity to be eligible for disability benefits. The SSA evaluates whether you are able to work enough work hours if you are currently working or not. If you ar...
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Should I wait for a Video Hearing or an In-person Hearing for my Disability Appeals Process?

Should I wait for a Video Hearing or an In-person Hearing for my Disability Appeals Process?
In an effort to reduce the heavy rush of people at the SSA's offices during the Covid-19, the SSA has introduced lots of new facilities online for you to benefit from. This includes being able to file for Social Security disability online, check your application status, check whether you have any upcoming payments, hearings etc In response to the t...
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How to get your Social Security Disability Deposit directly into your Account?

How to get your Social Security Disability Deposit directly into your Account?
Many disability claimants have moved to their urban hometowns or family houses during the Covid-19 lockdown. This means that for many, the mail box for their disability payments maybe temporarily inaccessible. Fortunately, as the SSA has made huge efforts in facilitating the disability claimants with their online services as much as possible, you c...
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How much can you get through Social Security Disability in 2020?

How much can you get through Social Security Disability in 2020?
The truth is your SSDI paycheck depends a lot on your lifetime earnings. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) to calculate the amount of your social security payments. If you are eligible for SSDI payments and your application has been approved, the monthly disability you receive will depend on ...
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Social Security Disability Benefits during Covid-19

Social Security Disability Benefits during Covid-19
In an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, the Social Security Administration's Offices have had most of its offices closed for an unspecified period of time. Although the SSA has put physical interaction at all its field offices, hearing offices and remote hearing offices, the people at SSA are still working remotely to answer your querie...
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What are the Non-Medical Requirements for my Social Security Disability in 2020

What are the Non-Medical Requirements for my Social Security Disability in 2020
To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI you would need to meet the eligibility for both medical and non-medical qualifications for SSDI. The most common reason for denial is not being able to meet the medical qualifications but an inability to meet the non-medical criteria. This happens simply because not many people are aware of ...
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Common mistakes after denial of Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)

Common mistakes after denial of Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)
A very common misconception among SSDI appliers is everyone thinks that they would be denied the first time. However, the fact is, only two-thirds of the first timers are denied at first attempt. Yet, the most strong cases are not denied and are almost immediately approved for the SSDI. The top most cause of a Social Security denial varies for each...
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Is Coronavirus a threat to your Social Security paycheck?

Is Coronavirus a threat to your Social Security paycheck?
Coronavirus is an advanced version of the previously lesser damaging SARS virus. The Covid-19, named after 2019 as the first year in which it appeared amongst people, is only recent among the US. Yet, it has caused vast damages and thousands of deaths of Americans in a few weeks. The Covid-19, generally develops signs and symptoms which may include...
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How will the Coronavirus affect Social Security Disability

Here is how Coronavirus is changing how the SSA responds to your Social Security claims
Within a matter of a few weeks, the Covid-19 has proven more deadly than earlier thought. It has impacted thousands of people till today worldwide. As the Covid-19 virus spreads across the globe, each country is acting fast to control the spread of the virus among their populations. Fortunately, however, the US has seen a better control of the situ...
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Disability insurance for chronic kidney disease

Disability insurance for chronic kidney disease
The SSA has listed kidney diseases under the section of genitourinary problems in Adults Listings. Claimants with poor kidney function that is disabling are very likely to get approved for disability benefits. Genitourinary diseases may include chronic kidney disease with chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, kidney transplant, impairment of...
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Social Security Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis

Social Security Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is rarely fatal, but is a potentially disabling disease that results in permanent damage of the spinal cord. The brain may also become affected due to the damage caused to the myelin sheath that covers the nerves in the nervous system (spinal cord + brain). The exact cause of the disorder is unknown, yet is thought to be an auto ...
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Applying for Disability for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Applying for Disability for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD is a chronic, long-lasting, compulsive disorder that affects a person's daily life from mild to severe symptoms of obsessions and compulsions. While mere compulsions may come off as acceptable, severe OCD has long lasting effects that can cause major distress and disruptions in everyday life of a person. OCD can b...
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Filing for Disability for Chronic headaches - Migraines

Filing for Disability for Chronic headaches - Migraines
Getting Disability benefits for partial headaches or migraines is difficult but not impossible. Migraine headaches are neurological disorders that are often localized in only one part of the head. It is categorized by a throbbing or pulsating pain, accompanied with dizziness, nausea, vomiting, seeing flashing lights, loss of appetite, disturbed sle...
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Disability Benefits for Bipolar Sufferers

Disability benefits for Bipolar Sufferers
Bipolar disorder is listed in the SSA's Blue List of Impairments under the Mental Disorders for Adults. Bipolar Disorder related to depression is a typical grievance made by people attempting to acquire Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. It can cause indications of poor fo...
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Tips for getting Disability for Bipolar Disorder

Tips for getting Disability for Bipolar Disorder
Significant difficulty in functioning or performing daily work, remembering things, managing yourself or undertaking new challenges due to chronic depression or bipolar disorder may greatly reduce your ability to earn for yourself or perform work under residual functional capacity, RFC. The SSA is aware of the challenges you or a loved one may face...
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Social Security Disability benefits for low IQ

Social Security Disability benefits for low IQ
A disability applicant with a low IQ that impairs his/her ability to perform significant work under Residual Functional Capacity, RFC could get approved for Social Security Disability Benefits. Previously, the SSA listed a low IQ under 'Intellectual Disability' and before that as 'Mental Retardation'. However, it is now listed under 'Neurological D...
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How does SSDI Taxes Monthly Income?

How does SSDI Taxes Monthly Income?
Social Security Disability Benefits depend on Social Security Taxes that you are required to pay for atleast 30 working years of the total time you worked in your life. However, most people do not realize this and end up not paying enough or no social security taxes. Unfortunately, this could greatly impact your chances of being approved for SSDI b...
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How to calculate your SSDI income/payments?

How is your SSDI benefits payment determined?
Disability claims taken either under SSI or SSDI use the same criteria for medical evaluation. However, what you receive under each program depends solely on how much Social Security Taxes you paid under your wages. The Social Security Administration, SSA uses two basic formulas to calculate your SSDI benefits. When your SSDI benefits start? If you...
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How much should you pay for SSDI increments on your paycheck?

SSDI increments on your paycheck?
Social Security Disability is a vigorous but very fine package run under the federal government that acts as an economic savior at times of disability crises. However, due to a vast number of applications and people not covered under the Blue Book Disability also applying to the SSDI benefits, only 20% of the applications are approved. But, here is...
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