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The Function Report

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • SSDI
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Once you file an application for SSD or SSI benefits, you will received a “Function Report”. This is from the DDS (Disability Determination Services) who is working up your claim. Although what you write on the form does provide a basis for Social Security approving your claim, generally, it must be backed-up by the medical evidence.  […]

Social Security Disability and SSI Telephone Hearings

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • Appeals
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In response to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began conducting telephone hearings in late March 2020. By now, our lawyers have participated in several of these hearings. For the most part, the hearings have been conducted without any technical difficulties. You have the option to choose whether or not you want […]

Do Disability Benefits Last Forever?

Now that you have been approved for Social Security disability benefits, it is not unreasonable to think about whether or not you will continue to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI ) payments indefinitely, or if they will stop at some point in the future. Thinking of having to go through […]

Communicating with the Social Security Administration (SSA) While “Closed”

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • COVID-19
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During states of emergency that are being declared across the country, many offices are closing. These offices include Social Security Administration (SSA) offices. These closures are for the safety of the general public as well as the employees of the SSA. If you have a disability, you may want to get your disability claim filed […]

Will I Get A Stimulus Check?

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • COVID-19
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SEE UPDATED INFORMATION AT THE END OF THIS BLOG We have had many questions from our clients and followers about the upcoming stimulus checks, and whether or not they would receive one while receiving SSD or SSI benefits. This is how we understand these stimulus payments will work: Individuals who are eligible will receive “Recovery […]

Will the Coronavirus Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • COVID-19
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of  Michigander’s daily lives. Many of us are being asked to stay home and businesses forced to close their doors. We are worried about how the pandemic will negatively impact Michigan’s economy.  More importantly, we are worried about our loved ones who may get sick. Social Security […]

Social Security and the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • COVID-19
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Social Security Offices, Hearings, Etc. Effective March 17, 2020, all Social Security offices will only offer phone services. All hearing offices are closed to the public, including claimants and representatives. Social Security’s Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) will contact claimants and their representatives who are currently scheduled for an in-person hearing with the option of […]

What to Know About Continuing Disability Reviews

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • Appeals
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In November 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a proposal concerning Social Security disability programs of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under the proposal, many SSDI and SSI recipients will be subjected to take part in more frequent ““continuing disability reviews” also called CDRs.  A CDR is sort of […]

Reasons Why Disability Claims are Denied

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • Denials
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Millions of people apply for Social Security Disability benefits each year. Out of those millions of applications received by the Social Security Administration, the bulk of cases are denied at the initial level of the disability claim process. Why are so many Social Security Disability claims denied? The reasons for a denial of disability benefits […]

Michigan Reinstates Reconsideration in the Disability Appeal Process

  • By: The Law Center for Social Security Rights
  • Appeals
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Michigan reinstated reconsideration in October of this year, the first step in the Social Security disability appeal process. Reconsideration has been an important step in the appeal of disability benefits. Nonetheless, 10 states, including Michigan, eliminated the reconsideration step in 1999 to explore ways to reengineer the disability process. According to Social Security’s website, “reconsideration […]