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Disability Applicant Claim Denied on Appeal

A woman recently appealed her inability to be awarded Social Security disability by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit affirmed the decision of the ALJ, meaning the woman was not awarded Social Security disability payments.

Although this is one specific case, it is instructive to read the decision if you're considering filing for or appealing a Social Security disability decision.

Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable if Your "Base Income" Exceeds $25,000 or $32,000

Just like Social Security retirement benefits, Social Security disability benefits are taxable if your "base income" exceeds $25,000 (single) or $32,000 (married).

Your "base income" includes half of your Social Security benefits, plus other income (including tax-exempt interest).

One-Page Overview of Social Security Disability

Here's a good overview of Social Security disability which answers the following questions :

Who does the SSA consider disabled?

What is the SSA’s definition of disability?

What evidence does the SSA require to prove my medical condition?

What if my medical condition is not in the Blue Book?

Does the SSA have any other requirements for disability benefits?

What if I am able to earn a small income?

If I am unable to work, am I guaranteed disability benefits?

Are SSI and Social Security Disability Payments Exempt from Bankruptcy Claims?

If you receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and file for bankruptcy, your checks are usually safe.

If your benefits come from SSI, which is a welfare program for the needy, they are always exempt from creditor claims.

However, SSDI payments technically qualify as "work" income, so they may be subject to bankruptcy claims.

Disability Appeal Hearing Office Workload Data

The following link provides data regarding disability workload indicators (pending cases, receipts, dispositions and average processing time per case) for each hearing office in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR.)

http://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/02_HO_Workload_Data.html

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Disability Appeal Data - Administrative Law Judge Disposition Data

The following link is a listing of hearings completion data by name of individual administrative law judges (ALJ) for all ALJs in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The data includes hearing office name, total dispositions, decisions, allowances, denials and fully favorable or partially favorable decisions.

The listing provides historical data regarding how many disability appeal cases are awarded or denied for a given ALJ.

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Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2009

Here is a link to the "Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2009". This report provides a wealth of statistical information on the Social Security Disability program.

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2009/index.html

Highlights

Size and Scope of the Social Security Disability Program

* Disability benefits were paid to over 8.9 million people.
* Awards to disabled workers (970,696) accounted for over 89 percent of awards to all disabled beneficiaries (1,081,983).

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Fast Facts About Social Security - 2017

Fast Facts About Social Security - 2017 Edition

* 66 million Americans receive Social Security benefits

* 5.5 million new Social Security beneficiaries in 2016

* 62 percent of aged beneficiaries received at least half their income from Social Security

* 54.2 is average age for Social Security disability beneficiaries

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2017/fast_facts17.pdf

Do Not Click on Links in Emails from "Equifax"

If you receive an email from "Equifax", be very careful about clicking any links in the email. It could be a phishing attack.

As a result of the recent Equifax leak of 143 million Social Security numbers, criminals see the leak as an excuse to tempt people into clicking on "helpful" links from Equifax.

Be very careful about clicking links in emails that you receive.

Equifax to Offer Free "Credit Freeze" Service After Security Breach

After the massive security leak of 143 million Social Security numbers at credit reporting agency Equifax, the company has announced that it will not charge for "credit freeze" requests for the next 30 days.

Here's where you can sign up for a credit freeze at the big three reporting agencies :

https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp


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