Age, Education, and Training

Your age, education, and past work experience are important factors in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) determination of whether you can adjust to other work, or whether you can be found disabled. Here we will explain why SSA looks at your age and education, in addition to your impairment(s), and…

Your Claim is Approved

You have waited months, maybe even years, and now your Social Security Administration disability claim has been approved. What now? The Social Security Administration (SSA) notifies, by mail, all individuals who have applied for disability benefits. If your claim has been approved, you will receive an award letter. If your…

Evidence

If you are considering applying for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA), you should understand the importance of evidence in the process of determining whether or not you are blind or disabled. When the SSA talks about evidence, what does that mean? Evidence can be almost anything that…

Consultative Examinations

Medical records are collected by disability examiners at the Initial and Reconsideration levels of a Social Security disability case to provide evidence to determine whether you meet the criteria to be considered disabled under the Social Security Administration’s laws. A consultative examination (CE) may be scheduled by the Disability Determination…

The Request for Reconsideration

If you have received a denial on your initial application for Social Security Administration disability benefits, you have 60 days to request reconsideration. When you request reconsideration, you are notifying the Social Security Administration that you disagree with the decision and would like another review of your case. To appeal,…

The Initial Application

All claims for Social Security Administration disability benefits start with the initial application. Once your application is completed, it is received by your local Social Security office. Your application can be completed online at ssa.gov, in person, or over the phone. Information collected on the application includes your basic information,…