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Can I receive SSDI benefits while I’m receiving unemployment compensation?

January 19, 2015   |  
Possibly. When you apply for unemployment compensation, you represent that you are ready, willing and able to work if a job is made available to you.  When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you represent that you are too sick or injured to work whether or not a...
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Can I receive Social Security Disability insurance benefits and workers’ compensation at the same time?

January 19, 2015   |  
Yes, up to a certain point. A person’s Social Security Disability Insurance and workers’ compensation benefits cannot exceed 80% of his or her pre-disability wages. If your combined benefits are more than 80% of what you previously earned, your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits will be reduced until your monthly benefit amount...
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What should I expect at my Social Security Disability hearing?

January 19, 2015   |  
If you have appealed your claim denial to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you will likely attend a hearing with your attorney or representative. The Administrative Law Judge will review your claim and make a new decision independent of the findings of the Social Security Administration. You will have the opportunity...
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What happens if my claim is denied?

January 19, 2015   |  
If your initial claim for disability benefits is denied, your first level of appeal is called a "Request for Reconsideration." At this level, you submit new or additional medical evidence supporting your claim and the SSA office reviews your original evidence and any new evidence you submit and determines if...
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How long does it take to receive a decision?

January 19, 2015   |  
It usually takes three to six months to receive a decision about your benefits. Your exact time will vary, depending on how long it takes to compile medical records or any other evidence the Social Security Administration needs. If you are denied benefits by the Social Security Administration, you may file...
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How does the Social Security Administration determine if I’m disabled?

January 19, 2015   |  
After you file a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, your application will be processed by your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. Your application will include a description of your medical condition, supporting medical records, and your doctors' contact information. A state agency called...
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What is a disability?

January 19, 2015   |  
The Social Security Administration defines a person as “disabled” if that person has a medical condition which prohibits him or her from: Doing the work that s/he did previously; Adjusting to any other types of work because of the medical condition; and The medical condition will last for at least...
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What are Social Security Benefits?

January 19, 2015   |  
Social Security benefits include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. These are the two largest federal programs which provide monthly payments to people with disabilities. Both programs are administered by the Social Security Administration, and both programs have strict requirements for what constitutes a...
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