What’s a Vocational Expert and Why Is the Vocational Expert at My SSDI Hearing?

Martha has suffered from fibromyalgia for several years. When she finally accepted the fact she could no longer work, she applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. She and her attorney worked through the application process together. Now, they appeared at her SSDI hearing. Martha was surprised to see someone called a vocational expert in…

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Residual Functional Capacity Questionnaires Explained

The Social Security Administration (SSA) assesses an applicant’s ability to work in several ways. Often, they are looking for the “Residual Functional Capacity.” Also referred to as RFC, an applicant’s residual functional capacity shows how much the worker can do considering their disability. The SSA typically requires that a residual functional capacity questionnaire is submitted.…

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Your Checklist Once Your SSDI Is Approved

So, your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits have been approved. That’s great news. But now what? What is expected of a person who receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits? The Approval Letter You will receive communication from the Social Security Administration about your disability claim. If approved, your award letter – and online account if…

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Fighting an SSDI Denial When Your Doctor Says You Can’t Work

The application process for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can be frustrating. It seems to take too long to receive benefits, even after you have submitted correct paperwork with supporting documents. Being denied SSDI when your doctor says you can’t work is an especially trying result. However, there are ways to defend against an SSDI…

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