My SSDI Was Denied; Does This Mean My SSI Is Denied Too?
Disability
Joel Thrift

My SSDI Was Denied; Does This Mean My SSI Is Denied Too?

SSI & SSDI are two different disability programs under the Social Security Administration. To be eligible for either program, you will have to meet specific guidelines in terms of age, income, and of course, a disability that hinders or fully stops your ability to earn a wage (work). First, it

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Can I get Social Security Disability for my knee bursitis?
Disability
Joel Thrift

Can I get Social Security Disability for my knee bursitis?

Can I get Social Security Disability for my knee bursitis? Yes, you can. There are two ways to get Social Security Disability for your knee bursitis. The first way is to show that you meet Social Security’s specific listing on knee bursitis and the second way is to show that

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How Can My Doctor Help me win my Social Security Case?
Disability
Joel Thrift

How Can My Doctor Help me win my Social Security Case?

There are two things your doctor can do to help you win your case. The first is to keep detailed and consistent treatment notes that document your condition and your symptoms. Often times, the records I get from doctors provide little information other than a diagnosis. Other times, the medical

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How Does the Government Shutdown Affect My Social Security Case?
Disability
Joel Thrift

How Does the Government Shutdown Affect my Social Security

This article does a decent job of describing how the shutdown will affect your case, but more than anything it shows that the government still isn’t sure how it will affect your case. If you’re already getting benefits, it shouldn’t affect your check. However, it could affect your case if

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How to File an Appeal
Disability
Joel Thrift

How to File an Appeal

The biggest mistake people make is not appealing a denial. You have to keep appealing these cases until you get your case in front of a judge. There is a myth out there that you have to get turned down 3-4 times before you can win your case so people

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New SSA Regulations Means Your Attorney Can’t Withdraw Right before the Hearing
Disability
Joel Thrift

New SSA Regulations Means Your Attorney Can’t Withdraw Right before the Hearing

The Social Security Administration passed new regulations on when your attorney can withdraw from your Social Security Disability case. Previously, attorneys and non-attorney representatives could essentially withdraw from your case whenever they wanted to withdraw under social security’s rules. Attorneys still had to comply with State Bar rules that make

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Trump Says He Gets to Choose ALJs
Disability
Joel Thrift

Trump Says He Gets to Choose ALJs

Previously, Administrative Law Judges were chosen through a long process put together by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Potential judges would take a bunch of examinations and were ranked based on score. Federal agencies could then interview the candidates with the highest scores (this is an over simplification but

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What can you do to get your Social Security hearing sooner?
Disability
Joel Thrift

What can you do to get your Social Security hearing sooner?

In rare circumstances you can have your case designated as critical and cut in line. Social Security will let you cut in line based on a VA rating, a dire need, a terminal illness, or compassionate allowance. If the VA has found you 100 percent permanently and totally disabled, you

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