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Reconsideration: After an Initial Denial

When individuals file for disability, the odds are initially against them.  Most disability claims are denied at the initial level of application.  In fact, nearly 70% of claims are denied at the initial stage.  Claimants should not give up because the odds of success will improve (just not as quickly […]

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Different Disability Claim Types Require Different Approaches

While proving disability may seem like a universal task, the journey can be widely different for individuals based on the disability claim types presented by their health challenges.  This article will lay out a few of the major categories and types of disability claims, and the special challenges and opportunities […]

Workers Compensation Offset and Disability

The Workers Compensation Offset and Disability

Disabled individuals who have also suffered work-related injuries should be aware of the “Workers Compensation Offset”.  The Workers Compensation Offset may reduce available disability benefits, affect future Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and can potentially be made better by crafting settlement documents properly. What is the Workers Compensation Offset? In […]

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10 Things to Do While Waiting for Disability

Waiting for Disability or SSI decisions is a lengthy and frustrating process during a desperate time.  Most initial applicants are denied, which results in an appeals process that results in waiting for disability for two years.  This time period should not simply be treated as a wait.  If denied at […]

10 Ten things to know about disability

10 Things to Know Before Starting a Disability Case

When starting a Disability case by filing for SSI or Social Security Disability, there are a number of items to evaluate.  Here are OBF’s list of 10 Things to Know Before Starting a Disability Case.  While this list is by no means exhaustive, it contains a number of things Claimants […]

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Vocational Expert Testimony at Disability Hearings

Author’s Note:  This article contains a number of defined terms used by the Social Security Administration.  If you are not familiar with disability terminology, in particular the role of a Vocational Expert, please see our list of Common Disability Definitions. For most Claimants, especially those younger than age 50, one […]