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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. …


What is a Vocational Expert and Why Are They Important for Your Social Security Disability Case?

If your initial disability application has been denied, you will need to appeal your claim through the appeals process. One of the levels of the disability appeals process involves a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. The majority of disability cases in Iowa require a disability hearing in order to be approved for …


How Much of My Social Security Disability Benefits Are Taxable?

If you receive Social Security Disability benefits, you may have heard that you need to pay taxes on these benefits. But is that actually true? Paying Taxes on SSI Benefits Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients rarely have to pay taxes on any benefits they receive. This is because SSI is a needs-based program. Since SSI …


What is the Maximum Amount I Can Receive in Social Security Disability Benefits in 2020?

Nearly every year, the federal government awards a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security recipients. This adjustment takes into account any inflation that has occurred in the economy. Most of the time, the cost of living adjustment will increase your disability benefit payment, because it increases with inflation. Let’s talk first about whether …


How Has the Coronavirus Affected My Social Security Disability Benefits?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all Americans, including those who receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. You may be wondering how the virus has affected and will continue to affect your benefits. Reaching the Social Security Administration You may find it more difficult to reach Social Security during this …


5 Reasons You Can Be Denied Social Security Disability Benefits

Every year, millions of Americans are denied Social Security Disability benefits.  You may have recently had your initial application denied.  Below are 5 common reasons that you can be denied disability benefits: 1.      You make too much money or have too much money to receive disability benefits. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based program.  …


Do I Need Medical Records to Prove My Social Security Disability Case?

Medical records are the most important type of evidence to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are disabled.  We understand that medical treatment can be expensive, but seeing a medical provider regularly for your conditions is key to proving to the SSA that you’re disabled under their rules. Why Are Your Medical …


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