Social Security

How disabled do you have to be to get approved for Social Security disability?

by Patrick Spencer February 27, 2015
How disabled do you have to be?

In general, you don’t have to be bed-ridden or paralyzed to get approved for disability. But you do have to be medically disabled to get Social Security benefits. What you must prove depends on how old you are. If you’re over 50, see our explanation of what it takes to prove disability for someone over 50. […]

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Social Security offices will stay open later

by Patrick Spencer January 28, 2015
Is Social Security open or closed?

Social Security offices nationwide will stay open later, starting March 16, 2015. They will be open for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On those days they will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. But these offices will continue to close to the public at noon every Wednesday. They close early […]

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How long will it take for me to hear from Social Security once I’ve filed my application?

by Patrick Spencer January 13, 2015
Social Security takes a long time to decide after you file an application

Q: It has been 10 months since I filed my application for Social Security disability benefits, and I haven’t heard from Social Security. Should I be concerned? What should I do? A: It does take a while to get a decision about your application. It usually takes 3-6 months to get a decision on your initial […]

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Social Security Disability Fraud Alert

by Patrick Spencer November 20, 2014
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The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, issued a warning about a text phishing scheme. Several people have received suspicious text messages, requesting them to call a telephone number for information about their Social Security disability benefit claims. According to these reports, individuals posing as Government officials have sent texts to several Social Security disability […]

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How to Prove You’re Disabled

by Patrick Spencer September 18, 2013
You have the burden of proof

To prove disability you need: Documentation. Documentation. Documentation. Knowing you’re disabled and proving you’re disabled to a judge are two VERY different things.You may have very serious medical issues that affect your ability to work. But if your conditions aren’t written down by your doctors, you’re not likely to get approved for disability benefits. “Anyone […]

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