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Category Archives: Social Security Disability


Social Security Releases 2019 Program Rates & Limits

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The Social Security Administration has released the program rates for 2019. 2019 Social Security & Medicare Tax Rates on Payroll: The Tax Rates for the Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) for Employers and Employees will each be 6.20% The Medicare (Hospital Insurance) tax rate for Employers and Employees, each will be 1.45%. Maximum Taxable Earnings: Social Security:  […]

The Opinions of Physician Assistants and ARPN’s Finally Count in Social Security Disability Claims

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Despite the presence of Physicians Assistants (P.A.s), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs, also called ARNPs), Audiologists in the medical community for decades, the Social Security Administration (SSA) refused to treat their opinions the same as M.D. or D.O. physicians or Ph.D. psychologists in Social Security Disability or SSI claims.  As the medical community changed and […]

Can’t sit for 4 Hours? Court says you can’t do “sedentary work.”

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“Sedentary Work” Disability insurance companies often deny Long Term Disability (LTD) claims by saying that claimants can do “sedentary work.”  They rarely define that phrase.  Sometimes, it seems to mean people that can generally do sitting work, and other times disability adjusters use it to mean people that can lift up to 10 pounds.  But […]

2017 Social Security Rates Announced

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Click on this chart to see the rates which Social Security announced for 2017 (October 2016 release) Max Social Security will be $2,687 per month in 2017 The Social Security Administration has announced its 2017 rates.  The maximum Social Security retirement and disability monthly benefit will be $2,687.  Social Security Retirement and Social Security Disability […]

Disability Denied? They Say You Can do Sedentary Work… What Is Sedentary Work?

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Does “Sedentary Work” just mean sitting in a chair? The disability denial letter said that your claim was denied, because they decided you could do “sedentary work.”  What does that mean?  A sitting job? “You Can Do Sedentary Work” – A Boilerplate Denial Phrase in LTD, SSD, and VA Disability Claims Perhaps the most common […]

Can the Opinions of Friends and Family Help in a Social Security Disability Case?

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Lay Witness Statements from Friends, Family, Clergy, Neighbors, and Former Co-Workers Can Be Very Effective Evidence Which Can Help Win Your Disability Claim Social Security Law Specifically Allows Lay Witness Testimony Social Security has both Regulations and Rulings that allow lay witness evidence, i.e. evidence from people other than doctors or vocational experts.  Social Security […]

Yes, Diarrhea Can Be Disabling….5 Tips for Winning Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS, and Digestive Disability Claims

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Frequent Toileting and Complications from Bowel and Urination Conditions Like Crohn’s, Colitis, IBS, and Interstitial Cystitis Can Be Disabling Yes, you read the title right – diarrhea can be disabling.  People who suffer from chronic or excessive defecating or diarrhea often suffer in silence. And their suffering often prevents them from working. The problem is […]

Talking About Your Limitations Is Crucial to Winning Disability Claims

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Telling Others About Your Limitations and Restrictions is Crucial In a Disability Claim. A man called me the other day and explained the many reasons why he was not able to work.  He had filed for disability, but the insurance company and Social Security denied his claims.  He told me about his diabetes and how […]

Social Security Proposes Harsh Evidence Deadline in Disability Cases

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In the July 12, 2016 Federal Register, Social Security proposed a rule requiring that evidence be submitted 5 days before a hearing in SS Disability cases.  Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted by August 11, 2016.  On its face, the 5 day deadline does not look unreasonable. However, when you combine Social Security’s […]

Applying for Disability Benefits? Here are 5 Things You Need to Do

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If something has happened in your life – an injury or sickness – that is preventing you from working, you may be thinking about applying for Short or Long Term Disability or Social Security Disability.  Here are 5 things you need to do before you apply for disability benefits: Go to the doctor.  If you […]


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