disability

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Composite Jobs as Past Relevant Work

The Composite Jobs Rule can materially affect the Social Security Disability / SSI claim evaluation process.  The technique employed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically follows a five-step sequential evaluation process.  These five steps are discussed in detail over in the OBF Knowledge Base, but as a brief summary […]

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Early Retirement & Disability Can Work Together

A well-timed Social Security Disability claim can increase retirement benefits in certain circumstances.  Successfully claiming disability will lessen the early retirement reduction for people who stop working due to health reasons. OBF Disability Attorney Thomas O’Brien shares this strategy in an article published on Medium.com.  Seeking Disability benefits prior to […]

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Passive Income Can Affect Disability Claims

In every disability case, a Claimant’s cash flow (Passive Income and Regular Income) are observed.  These earnings may be examined for evidence of Substantial Gainful Activity, or they may be examined for the purpose of reducing SSI benefits.  In all cases though, the nature of the earnings is important.  In […]

Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills and the DOT

One of the more technical and intimidating aspects for individuals who worked in highly skilled jobs is understanding how transferable skills are analyzed during the disability hearing. For claimants with skilled or highly skilled work backgrounds—as opposed to those with only unskilled backgrounds requiring little training or education— winning a […]

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Initial Claim for Disability Benefits

Filing an initial claim for disability benefits is a watershed moment in most workers’ lives.  By the point filing disability has been considered, a Claimant has almost certainly experienced such significant mental or physical health issues at to prevent or remarkably reduce the ability to work.  As such all communications […]

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Reconsideration: After an Initial Denial

When individuals file for disability, the odds are initially against them.  Most disability claims are denied at the initial level of application.  In fact, nearly 70% of claims are denied at the initial stage.  Claimants should not give up because the odds of success will improve (just not as quickly […]

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First, Do No Harm. Things to Avoid When Seeking Disability

The Social Security Disability application process provides a path to secure vital support for disabled individuals who can no longer perform work in the national economy.  However, various things to avoid can derail claims that should otherwise win.  The key factor to winning a disability case is to ensure that […]

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Different Disability Claim Types Require Different Approaches

While proving disability may seem like a universal task, the journey can be widely different for individuals based on the disability claim types presented by their health challenges.  This article will lay out a few of the major categories and types of disability claims, and the special challenges and opportunities […]

Workers Compensation Offset and Disability

The Workers Compensation Offset and Disability

Disabled individuals who have also suffered work-related injuries should be aware of the “Workers Compensation Offset”.  The Workers Compensation Offset may reduce available disability benefits, affect future Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and can potentially be made better by crafting settlement documents properly. What is the Workers Compensation Offset? In […]