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Mar 3rd, 2016

Overcoming the myths around the SSDI application

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There are many false truths about the Social Security Administration application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) that often prevent eligible candidates from correctly applying for these benefits. Listening to these myths can lead to incomplete or incorrect submissions and can cost many people the support they need.

“Why apply? I’ll just be denied.”
The first myth facing many eligible individuals is an immediate denial of their claims. A 10-year analysis of the outcomes of disability applications, completed by Social Security Administration, shows that, on average, 28 percent of claims were awarded after the first application. Many individuals learn that number and choose not to apply, which is unfortunate, because, for the same 10-year period, SSA approved another 17 percent of applications, on average, after reconsideration.

“I’m not sure why I was denied – I’ll start over.”
The SSDI application can be very stringent, including work and medical history, and about 20 percent, on average, of the applications in the same 10-year period were denied due to technical issues within the responses. Many applicants who have been denied then return to the beginning of the process, filling out a new application – the second myth. A better option would be to appeal a denied claim, and a good SSI Disability representative in Washington, DC can help applicants navigate the process.

“I don’t need much information to be approved.”
Washington, DC applications have found two steps that have helped to prevent technical denials of their claims. They have contacted an advocate versed in the application process and have carefully reviewed the SSA Disability manual, which spells out crucial details and documentation needed for a successful SSDI application. The idea of the application requiring little documentation can be appealing for many applicants, but compiling the required information as listed in the disability manual can not only smooth out the application process but also increase the applicant’s odds of a favorable outcome.

“It will be years until I find out if my claim was awarded.”
Another common myth is that the process is extremely lengthy. The time to review and make a determination on an adequately documented case can range from several weeks to several months, but the Compassionate Allowances program allows SSA to expedite claims for individuals with certain serious diseases or qualifying medical conditions. SSA fast-forwards the process to a public outreach hearing to determine if the disease, injury or illness meets the current definition of disability.

Applicants seeking Social Security representation in Washington, DC find that working with a knowledgeable attorney can increase their chances of success when it comes to applying for SSDI benefits.

Mar 3rd, 2016

Important Payment Information Every SSI/SSDI Recipient Should Know

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The application process to receive social security benefits through the Social Security Office Washington DC can be a lengthy one and the waiting period to receive benefits can become financially strenuous for people who do not have another source of income. The entire decision process can become overwhelming so before eligibility is determined; there is some important payment information every SSI/SSDI recipient should know.

By law, you cannot begin receiving disability benefits unless you’ve been disabled for five months or more so in most cases payments begin after the sixth month of being disabled. Once the Social Security Administration has notified you that you are eligible to receive SSI/SSDI benefits, you will be advised in writing what your approximate start date will be and how much you can expect to receive each month.

You may be eligible to receive back payments for the months you didn’t collect benefits while awaiting a decision. If anyone else in your family is eligible to receive benefits, a separate notice will be sent to each individual along with an informational booklet.

When Payments Begin

SSI benefits recipients can expect to receive their payment from the Social Security Office Washington DC on the first day of each month. If the first day of the month lands on a weekend day or on a holiday, your benefits payments will arrive one business day before.

Very few people receive payments by mail because the Social Security Administration encourages benefits recipients to receive their monthly payments via direct deposit to your bank account or through the Direct Express card program. However, if you do still receive payments by mail, keep in mind that there may be delays in the mail. If you haven’t received your payment by the fourth day of the month, you should call the agency to inquire about your payment.

How Long You Can Expect to Receive Payments

If your medical condition hasn’t improved and you are still unable to work, benefits will continue, but that doesn’t mean that you will receive benefits indefinitely. There have been medical advances and rehabilitation techniques that help improve certain medical conditions so the SSA will check in periodically to check on possible improvements to your disability.

Combined SSI and SSDI Payments

If you are among the benefits recipients that receive both SSI and SSDI payments, you can expect to receive your payment on the third day of each month unless it lands on a weekend or holiday in which case you can expect it to arrive one business day before then. If you started receiving benefits after 1997, certain exceptions allow you to have your payment date changed.

Mar 3rd, 2016

Can Gathering More than One Doctor’s Letter Benefit my Disability Case

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Applying for Social Security and SSI benefits is known to be a complex process. In fact, only 3 out of every 10 applicants are approved when first applying and there is no guarantee that your claim will be accepted when you request an appeal. The average time to await a decision is 3 to 5 months. However, there is no specific deadline for a decision, and there are cases that can take more than a year for a final determination. Due to the compound process, it is very wise to provide as much documentation and do whatever you can to increase the chances of having your claim approved as fast as possible.

What You Will Need to Apply for Social Security and SSI Benefits
If you are just starting the application process for Social Security and SSI benefits, it will greatly help your case if you provide detailed medical documentation and work history so that the disability examiner has supporting data that will prove your inability to work. Especially if you could provide your complete history of treatment and contact information for any current and previous doctors, who have treated you.

Make sure you provide up-to-date contact information and include your physician’s name, address, phone number, and if possible, you should also include the name of the proper person to speak to. If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you will want to make sure to include all of the treating facility’s contact information as well. The Social Security examiners will use their own database if you don’t have the information available. However, their information system does not include all medical facilities, so it’s best that you save them the step and provide it when you apply. Being thorough in the information you provide will help move your case along smoother. The goal is to ensure you’ve covered all of your bases, and that usually means getting your doctors to write letters for you too.

How a Letter from Your Doctor(s) Can Help You When Applying for Social Security and SSI Benefits

Getting written statements from any and all doctors who have and continue to treat your condition will strengthen your case immensely. Although they are probably experienced in assisting patients with documentation for claims, make sure their statements are not brief and vague. They should provide as much detail as possible that can support your claim and prove your inability to work. If your preliminary application is denied and you request a hearing, the opinion of your doctor can play a crucial role in determining whether you will win or lose your case. When more than one physician is reinforcing your inability to work in writing, it improves your chances of being approved. That means that the more, the merrier when it comes to gathering letters from your doctor(s) while trying to be awarded Social Security and SSI benefits.

Aug 3rd, 2015

Filing For SSD With a Back Injury in Washington, DC

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For everyone who doesn’t work from home, a back injury can be debilitating. Whereas before your injury you were able to make it to work every day without much of a struggle, now you find yourself unable to even come in to work, let alone do the tasks required of you at the level your boss has grown to expect. This becomes even more apparent if you have a job that requires you to be constantly active, like a restaurant server or a tour guide. Furthermore, a back injury affects more than just your job – it fundamentally limits your ability to carry out the activities of daily life, from spending time with your family to enjoying the great outdoors.

If you’ve had such an injury, however, you don’t need to give up  – Social Security Disability (SSD) is a program geared towards helping individuals who have become disabled and can’t work. This federal program offers benefits to anyone willing to file the claim, with the help of your disability law firm in Washington, DC, and provide enough evidence that he or she is disabled, and that this disability is preventing them from working at the level they were at previously. When you’re hurt and can’t work, you can’t earn income to support yourself and your loved ones – and SSD is there to make sure that you and your family can continue to live a comfortable life despite your disability.

Wondering if you qualify to file for disability with a back injury? The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a back injury (or “disorder of the spine”) as “resulting in compromise of a nerve root or the spinal cord”. This injury must result in “pain, limitation of motion of the spine, [and] motor loss, accompanied by sensory or reflex loss”. In other words, the back injury has to limit your ability to move or feel in order to be considered a disability. Other conditions that might be considered eligible are spinal arachnoiditis, which causes pain and an inability to maintain one position for longer than 2 hours, and lumbar spinal stenosis, causing chronic pain and weakness.

If you think you meet any of the criteria above, the crucial next step is to call your disability law firm in Washington, DC in order to discuss your condition and plan your next steps to file your SSD claim. Even if you aren’t sure that you qualify, just call – you may be surprised by what you find!

Jun 1st, 2015

Can I qualify for Social Security disability benefits with a digestive disorder?

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Digestive disorders can be disruptive in many areas of your life including occupational and relational. Dealing with this type of illness can be extremely challenging not to mention excruciatingly painful. As such, there are some digestive disorders that qualify individuals for social security disability benefits.

Digestive disorders include all of those related to the digestive system; gastrointestinal bleeding, liver problems, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), short bowel syndrome, malnutrition and more. Other complications like gastrointestinal obstructions may also be qualified for SSDI.

Any application for disability benefits will require medical documentation supporting the diagnosis. This means doctor’s notes, clinical results as well as laboratory results. For digestive disorders, the most common diagnostic imaging results include colonoscopies, endoscopy results, and ultrasound, CAT scan as well as pathology findings. All of these results must be recent in relation to when you file for your disability benefits.

Digestive disorders can often be very responsive to either medical or surgical intervention. Given that, the Social Security Administration will take into consideration the severity of the illness, the illness’ response to treatment as well as symptom improvement. Side effects to treatment and their effect on functioning are also considered. To assess digestive disorders currently under treatment the SSA may request information about the type of treatment including dosage and frequency, the response to treatment, adverse effects of treatment as well as the expected length of treatment. Individuals who have not received treatment may have difficulty showing impairment that meets the requirements for disability benefits.

Digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBD), gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, and short bowel syndrome can cause serious issues with the process of fecal elimination. Chronic diarrhea, chronic anemia, and nutritional deficiencies are not abnormal in these types of illnesses.

Chronic liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and ischemic hepatitis are also considered to be problems of the gastrointestinal system. These illnesses are characterized by fatigue, jaundice, nausea, and ascites. Illnesses of this nature are usually evaluated by laboratory tests such as liver enzymes and bilirubin as well as by imaging studies like ultrasounds and CAT scans.

The Social Security Administration evaluates illnesses based on their impact on your ability to participate in substantial gainful activity. For more information about digestive disorders and social security disability benefits check out the Social Security Disability website or contact our firm today.

May 29th, 2015

What a Disability Attorney Can Do for You

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Many people who are disabled often blame the system for not providing due benefits and compensation. What they don’t realize is the fact that the law is resolute. There are no exceptions to the stipulations highlighted in disability law. If your application is proper and includes all of the relevant facts and circumstances, it will be accepted. Generally, most people blame the system for rejecting their application. Unless you work with a professional disability attorney, the chances or rejection are very high.

We understand that suffering from a disability can be very traumatic. It doesn’t matter if the disability is permanent or physical, physical limitations can bring about a drastic change in a person’s life. You may even have to quit your job. Amidst the physical and mental trauma, most people are obviously not capable of completing their application for benefits. Professional disability lawyers carefully study the requirements mentioned under the law for a person to get enlisted in a program.

At Fred S. London, P.C., we have worked for years in this branch of law. Having dealt with more than a thousand cases, we are confident of helping you in a variety of different ways. Here’s what we can do for you:

Our Services

Fred S. London, P.C. specializes in disability law. Most people don’t know how to begin the application process. We make the whole process very easy for them. We offer our services in Washington D.C., Baltimore and other parts of the country. When a client approaches us, we carefully review their condition. We will ask you to highlight all salient points in your case, and discuss what you are looking for.

With the experience that we have gained over the years, we are able to determine the chances of your application in its early stages. This helps us plan accordingly. From answering basic questions such as where you should apply, the forms you need to fill, the differences between SSI and SSDI to appealing your application, we offer a plethora of different services.

Why Choose Us?

Fred S. London, P.C. is focused on helping people. We specialize solely in disability law just because we feel it is our obligation to help you. We assign a disability attorney to every case. The attorney will work closely with you from start to finish and help you create a strong application that has maximum chances of approval. In case the application is rejected, we will also help you appeal the decision. Our job is to make sure that your chances of success are maximized. That is why we are willing to go the extra mile in helping our clients, providing them with complete information about the process.

May 25th, 2015

We Are Your Advocate for Social Security Benefits Entitlement

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Here at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C., we make it our mission to make sure that your social security benefits claim is reviewed completely to ensure that you are filing an SSD claim that is clearly outlined per the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. We make every effort to ensure that you feel comfortable with the SSDI/SSI process by answering your concerns and explaining any part of the claims process that may be confusing to first-time applicants.

Streamlined Filing

At our location, situated close to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, clients fill out and submit claims forms, with our help, online or over the telephone. Our firm is successful because each of our social security benefits attorneys works only on SSD/SSI and Medicaid eligibility cases. Because of this exclusivity, we, at the Law office of Fred S. London, P.C. can assist clients fill out and submit claims knowing that their applications will be handled with streamlined efficiently.

We Are SSD/SSI-focused

Our firm is successful because each of our experienced social security benefits attorneys concentrates only on issues and cases involving SSD/SSI benefits and Medicaid eligibility. Because of this exclusivity, we can assist you in all areas of the application process and can stand by you as well in case your filing is denied. Therefore, we, at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C. are pleased to provide our SSD/SSI clients with all-inclusive services that include:

A thorough review of your health and medical records to make sure there are no unanswered questions about your impairment or the reason for your claim.

Guidance for all individuals who are eligible for Medicaid.

Staff members who are bilingual for clients whose primary language is not English.

An in-depth review and assessment of claims that are denied.

Assistance with filling out the initial applications and claims.

An aggressive follow-up of any SSD/SSI appeals.

Medicaid eligibility assistance for anyone who is involved in the service or health care fields.

Here, at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C., we like to stress our experience and background in the SSD/SSI field, as we want to make sure that our clients are fully satisfied with the level of legal service they receive when they file an SSD/SSI claim through our firm. It is important to have a law firm such as ours representing your interests when filing for social security disability as it can be easy to make a mistake, given the complexity of the filing.

As a result, we want to serve as your partner and advocate when you file your SSD/SSI claim. Any assistance that we can provide will make the experience just that much more positive.

May 22nd, 2015

SSDI Applications Can Be Easily Filed through the Law office of Fred S. London, P.C.

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We, at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C. are ready to assist you with all aspects of filing a social security disability claim. Even if your claim is not initially accepted, we are prepared to work in every way possible to help you receive the compensation you need and deserve for your physical or mental impairment.

Don’t Wait to File a Claim

Plus, you do not have to wait, for instance if it is your goal to file an SSDI claim. Under Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines, you do not have to wait to make a claim. As soon as you become disabled and cannot work, you may contact us here at the Law office of Fred S. London, P.C. and make an appointment with one of our legal specialists.

Legal advisors recommend that people filing SSDI and SSI claims do so with the help of an attorney who has a strong background in social security benefits. Even if you have previously filed a claim, it is easy to make errors or bypass some important details when filing the information. We, at the law office of Fred S. London, P.S., can help you avoid the mistakes that can be made when you are going it alone during the process of filing a claim.

Avoid Standing in a Long Line

By using our legal services, applicants avoid standing in one of the long lines often seen at area Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Social Security offices. Setting an appointment with our office enables applicants to obtain answers to their disability questions and fill out the application without any undue hassle or headache.

A substantial part of the application process entails obtaining the necessary medical information. That is because it is imperative that you include this information with your claim for the SSA’s review and assessment. Otherwise, you miss the whole point of filing for disability insurance compensation in the first place.

Because filing a claim involves securing medical records, we at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C. know we can greatly assist you in accommodating the SSA with the review information it needs. Not only do we secure the required backup material, but we also contact your healthcare providers on a regular basis and follow up on your behalf. We take the burden of document collection off the shoulders of our clients.

While most applicants’ claims are initially denied and the process ends there, our clients who are denied often are successful when making an appeal. That is because we carefully analyze and assess all claim denials. We at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C. are fully committed to helping our clients receive the compensation they require for their medical needs.

May 18th, 2015

Social Security Law Is Our Specialty at the Law office of Fred S. London, P.C.

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Here at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C., we take pride in the fact that our staff is comprised of accomplished attorneys who are fully committed to working with issues that are related to Medicaid and social security law. We use this background and know-how to offer SSD/SSI claims filing that supports our clients’ compensatory needs for mental health and physical health impairments and illnesses.

Because we assist SSD/SSI applicants in filing their claims, our staff of legal specialists are well-versed in social security law and its varying stipulations. One of the basic mandates established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) is the definition of a disability itself.

Defining “Disability.”
According to the SSA definition, “disability” is considered to be an “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity” resulting from a mental or physical impairment. This impairment is expected to last for at least 12 continuous months and/or eventually result in death.

Therefore, when we assist SSD/SSI applicants with their claims, we make sure that this definition is understood before any claim information is reviewed or submitted. That is because the medical definition of a disability, with respect to claims processing, is the same for each program. Whether you are submitting a claim for social security disability or supplemental security income benefits, both types of compensation are considered to be a disability insurance benefit (DIB).

The Main Differences between SSDI and SSI

While both SSDI and SSI claims are based on need, SSDI benefits are provided to individuals who have been working at least five of ten years who have become disabled. On the other hand, SSI benefits are designed for applicants who have not been working in this capacity, do not have work background or make a minimal income.

Therefore, the main difference between the SSD and SSI programs lies in the computation of the payments. The SSA always uses the same criteria in order to award compensation, whether an individual is SSD or SSI eligible.

The SSA and legal advisors both encourage that applicants for SSD/SSI benefits file a claim immediately. As soon as you become disabled and are not able to work, you should file a claim so all the information is clear and, therefore, easier to submit for consideration. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to fill out the details for a claim that is under review.

Here, at the law office of Fred S. London, P.C., we want to make it convenient and simple for you to make a claim and proceed with the process. We will assist you in every step of the process and will be your continued ally should your claim be denied and you need to file an appeal or must attend a hearing.

Apr 3rd, 2015

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance with Depression

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Depression can be a seriously debilitating condition. Oftentimes it can even prevent someone from being able to perform everyday functions that many people take for granted. Sometimes depression can even prevent someone from being able to work a daily job and earn a reasonable income. When depression gets to this level it is possible for the person suffering from this affliction to apply for Social Security Disability benefits to help supplement the income that is lost when working an everyday job is no longer a viable option.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
Social Security Disability Insurance is specifically designed for individuals who have paid into the Social Security system through their employers prior to becoming disabled. Anyone who is deemed to be disabled can receive benefits regardless of income level.

Purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance
The main purpose of SSDI is to help recipients cover their day-to-day expenses such as buying groceries and paying utility bills.

Who is eligible for SSDI?
Anyone who is unable to perform “substantial gainful activity” due to impairment caused by a mental or physical issue that is expected to last at least one full year and has the possibility of resulting in death.  When the issue leading to disability benefits is a physical impairment, it is generally easy to make the determination. However, when the impairment is due to a mental impairment such as depression, it can be more complicated and evidence will be needed to prove the case.

Doctor’s opinion
One way for someone who is suffering from depression is to get documented opinions for a treating physician. If a physician’s opinion is that the depression is so severe that multiple days a month of work might be missed there is a good likelihood that disability benefits will be granted. The physician should also include a detailed explanation for the opinion in order to strengthen the case for receiving disability benefits. It should be noted that opinions from a social worker or licensed therapist do not hold as much weight as those from medical doctors.

Disability listing
One way for someone suffering from depression to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance is if the criteria on the disability listing for Affective Disorders are met. Again, the decision on whether or not the criteria are met will be dependent on notes from treating doctors. Other factors that weigh into the decision include mental status evaluations, psychological testing, and evidence of hospitalizations.

When depression strikes so badly that working a daily job is no longer an option, it can be a frightening experience. Not knowing how one is going to put food on the table or pay the never-ending pile of bills can make the situation even worse. In cases like this, it is good to know that there might be help available. Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and supplying the proper documentation can literally be a lifesaver to someone suffering from depression.