Phillips Disability, P.C. Blog

Am I Required to Attend a Social Security Medical Exam?

The short answer is yes. If you apply for disability benefits, you may be asked by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to appear at a consultative exam or CE. These medical exams are often requested when there is insufficient medical evidence to… Read More

How Social Media Could Be Used to Impact Disability Determinations

In its budget request to Congress for 2020, Social Security is looking to expand the use of social media networks in disability determinations. This is in part to help cut down on fraud and identify people who claim Social Security Disability benefits… Read More

Understanding Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Most years, a disability recipient can get a cost-of-living adjustment or COLA, which is an increase made to his or her Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplement Security Income (SSI) benefits. This increase helps to counteract the effects… Read More

The Importance of Cooperating During the Disability Claims Process

When filing a disability claim, you will be working with several individuals, including a Social Security claims representative. He or she will be the face of the Social Security Administration (SSA) while your claim is being processed. This individual… Read More

Video Hearings For Social Security Disability Claims

If you need a disability hearing, you could face a backlog of up to several months before you can be seen by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). To help reduce this backlog and streamline the process, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has implemented… Read More

Applying for Disability With a Qualifying Condition for Compassionate Allowance

While the application process for disability benefits can take several months to over a year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes every effort to ensure that those who qualify for compassionate allowances are approved quickly and efficiently. The… Read More

Applying for Social Security Disability for a Panic Disorder or Panic Attack

Having a panic disorder or panic attack can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. If left untreated, it could lead to significant physical and mental complications. If you suffer from panic attacks that severely affects or limits your… Read More

How Disability Recipients Can Prevent and Manage Overpayments

Regardless if you receive a monthly disability payment through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you may be overpaid at any given time. Overpayments occur when disability recipients receive more funds… Read More

Telephonic Hearings for Disability Benefits During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken action to modify how it handles disability claims pending at the hearing level. Both Social Security offices and hearing offices have since been closed,… Read More

Do Social Security Disability Benefits Vary By State or Remain the Same?

As a federally-funded program, disability benefits issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) offers financial help to those who suffer from a disabling condition and cannot work. An approved claim could help cover medical bills and daily living… Read More

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