Which Benefit Do I Need: Workers’ Compensation or Social Security Disability Insurance?

Sam and Emma were concerned when Sam was injured at work. His doctors ordered rehabilitation, but also said he might be unable to work for the rest of his life. Emma started looking into benefits that would help while Sam was disabled. She had trouble deciding if Sam should apply for workers’ compensation or Social…

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What’s the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) is a government program managed by the Social Security Administration to assist disabled people. The same is true for the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (“SSDI”). However, though the names are confusing, it’s important to know the difference between SSI and SSDI. Eligibility One big difference between the two programs is…

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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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