SSA 5-Step Evaluation [INFOGRAPHIC]

SSA 5-Step Evaluation [INFOGRAPHIC]

Our goal at DSS is to make the disability benefits claim process easier on you. Many times people are unsure if they qualify or if they should submit a claim. Check out our easy to read SSA 5-Step Evaluation infographic to help you learn more about the evaluation process.

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How Education Affects Disability Claims

How Education Affects Disability Claims

Before you understand how education plays a role in disability claims, it’s important to know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability. The SSA defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically physical or mental impairment. Any medical condition has to be terminal or last for a continuous period of more than one year. In basic terms, you have to be unable to work due to your medical condition. If you are in fact unable to work due to your disability, it is only then that factors like education and age may be taken into consideration.

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Understanding the Appeals Process for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

Understanding the Appeals Process for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income Benefits

The appeals process can be complicated and confusing. But, it is important to understand the process if you need to appeal your disability case. The SSA will review your case and make their decision carefully. However, if it is one that you do not agree with, you have the option to appeal. If you would like to start the appeals process, here is what you need to know. 

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What is Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE)?

What is Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE)?

The EPE applies if you are receiving disability benefits and have gone back to work after the trial work period. Only to now find yourself not able to work yet again due to your disability. EPE consists of a time frame of 36-months in which you may see SSDI benefits stop and restart. It does not require a new determination of disability by the Social Security Administration to restart your benefits. EPE does not apply to recipients of the SSI program.

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Social Security Disability Benefits and Cancer

Social Security Disability Benefits and Cancer

Social Security Disability Benefits and Cancer Living life with cancer is difficult, to say the least. The physical and emotional stresses of the disease, as well as the treatment side effects, may make it impossible to work while fighting the disease. It feels disabling to receive a

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How Can Social Media Affect My Disability Claim?

How Can Social Media Affect My Disability Claim?

How Can Social Media Affect My Disability Claim? It seems like everyone these days is on social media sharing details about their lives. The rise of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat have allowed us to post personal information. Information that we may not realize could be

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What Happens When Your Disability Claim is Approved?

What Happens When Your Disability Claim is Approved?

What Happens When Your Disability Claim is Approved? Applying for disability benefits is an arduous process that may take years. So what happens when your disability claim is approved? You will be glad to know your persistence has paid off. However, not unlike the application process, the

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Child Support and Disability Benefits

Child Support and Disability Benefits

What happens to my SSI and or SSDI payments if I pay child support? When you become disabled, for whatever reason, it can be difficult to meet financial obligations. But what about child support and disability benefits? If you have filed for disability benefits with the Social

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