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What Does it Mean to be Disabled to the Social Security Administration?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines being disabled differently than you or your doctor does. Because of this, many disability applicants become frustrated or angry because they don’t meet the SSA’s definition of disabled and are therefore denied benefits. For example, just because you’re not working does not, by itself, mean that you are considered …


Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Iowa?

You may be looking to apply for Social Security Disability benefits in Iowa. For you to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, there are two requirements you must meet: 1. You must be considered disabled according to the Social Security Administration’s definition. 2. You must have worked long enough and recently enough to qualify …


Do I Need a Disability Lawyer to Appeal My Social Security Disability Denial?

Has your initial application for Social Security disability benefits been denied? If so, you are allowed to appeal this decision. You are not required to have an attorney at any point during the appeals process. However, hiring an Iowa disability attorney to help you with your appeal greatly improves your chance of winning your claim. …


4 Common Myths about Iowa Social Security Disability Benefits

There are many myths that surround Social Security Disability benefits. Here are 4 common ones – and the truth behind them. (1) If my application was denied, that means I can’t get benefits. Over 70% of disability applications are denied the first time. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve or aren’t qualified for …


3 Reasons Why You Should Appeal Your Disability Denial and Win the Benefits You Deserve

After you get a letter in the mail from the Social Security Administration denying your initial application, you may feel discouraged and give up trying to get disability benefits. Before you give up, there are a few things you need to know. Most initial disability applications are denied. Over 70% of initial Social Security Disability …


How Do I Describe My Limitations at My Iowa Disability Hearing?

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits and have appealed that denial decision, it’s likely you’ll need to have a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. You will be waiting a while – most claimants wait anywhere from 1-2 years until their hearing. Describing Your Disability to an Administrative Law Judge at Your …


Does My Age Matter When I’m Trying to Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

The older you are, the more likely you are to receive Social Security Disability benefits. This is because it can be difficult for older workers to adjust to different types of work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) realizes that “vocational adjustment,” or training to learn a new job, is more difficult as you get older. …


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