Defining Disability The Official Social Security Administration Disability Definition

Defining Disability: The Official Social Security Administration Disability Definition

Sometimes our true physical or mental condition is a gray area. What one person considers to be a disability another may feel is just a serious condition. For example, Joe feels his arthritis is a disability, so he applies for government disability benefits. However, Joe’s ‘feelings’ will not get his application approved. What really matters…

Disability or Not How the Social Security Administration Processes Your Claim

Disability or Not: How the Social Security Administration Processes Your Claim

It’s not always easy to know if you have a disability or not. How the Social Security Administration processes your claim may also be a complete mystery. In this blog, we will look at your disability claim through the eyes of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Application Process First, of course, you will complete…

Substantial Gainful Activity and the Self-Employed Worker

Substantial Gainful Activity and the Self-Employed Worker

The Social Security Administration (SSA) used “substantial gainful activity” on two separate occasions related to Sebastian N.’s disability benefits. First, Sebastian was deemed disabled because he was unable to continue working as a self-employed worker due to a medical condition. Later, Sebastian attempted to return to work, and his substantial gainful activity came into play…

Do I Need to Report My Earnings to the Social Security Administration

Do I Need to Report My Earnings to the Social Security Administration?

Maybe you’ve been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for a while, but you are ready to go back to work. Perhaps you have already started working and are not sure how the whole process works. Do you need to report your earnings to the Social Security Administration (SSA)? And, if so, will you…

Social Security Disability Insurance by the Numbers

Social Security Disability Insurance by the Numbers

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is part of the United States government. You probably already know that, though. The agency was created when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office in 1935. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are only two of the programs administered by the SSA. The programs are…

What Happens When a Non-Attorney Advocate Handles Your Claim

What Happens When a Non-Attorney Advocate Handles Your Claim

In California, an applicant for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits who needs help can choose between two options: hire a non-attorney advocate or hire an attorney. Obviously, there are differences between the two. There are things a non-attorney advocate cannot do. When a non-attorney advocate handles your claim, you may not receive the level of…