In October, the Social Security Administration will announce the 2023 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The COLA is the percentage by which monthly retirement and disability benefits will increase from current levels. Early indications suggest an increase between 8%-9%, with some observers suggesting that the number may even exceed 9%, […]
A disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge represents a chance to communicate your conditions and functional limitations in a way that is personalized and clear. Proper planning for this court appearance is vital.
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The Composite Jobs Rule can materially affect the Social Security Disability / SSI claim evaluation process. The technique employed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically follows a five-step sequential evaluation process. These five steps are discussed in detail over in the OBF Knowledge Base, but as a brief summary […]
In every disability case, a Claimant’s cash flow (Passive Income and Regular Income) are observed. These earnings may be examined for evidence of Substantial Gainful Activity, or they may be examined for the purpose of reducing SSI benefits. In all cases though, the nature of the earnings is important. In […]
One of the more technical and intimidating aspects for individuals who worked in highly skilled jobs is understanding how transferable skills are analyzed during the disability hearing. For claimants with skilled or highly skilled work backgrounds—as opposed to those with only unskilled backgrounds requiring little training or education— winning a […]