Social Security Rules & Definitions

Social Security Disability Benefits for Widows and Widowers

August 22, 2016 by

Important Benefits for Surviving Spouses

In some circumstances, the Disability Insurance program does allow a claimant to apply for benefits under another worker's earnings record.  One of those circumstances is when a claimant's spouse has died. Social Security Disability Benefits for Widows and Widowers are an important part of the ...

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When did your Disability begin? The Importance of the Onset Date in Social Security Disability Claims.

May 30, 2016 by

The onset date of your disability is a very important date in your Social Security Disability Insurance claim.

The onset date can determine if you're even eligible for benefits and can affect when those benefits will begin.  It is important for you to know how this date can affect your claim ...

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Symptoms, Nothing More Than Symptoms?

May 19, 2016 by

Are symptoms enough to prove disability?  According to a recent ruling by the Social Security Administration, no.

On March 16, 2016, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a new disability Ruling SSR 16 -3p ("Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Symptoms in Disability Claims").  Effective on that date, it replaced Ruling ...

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Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Changes for 2016

January 28, 2016 by

If you receive Social Security benefits of any kind, you are probably familiar with the acronym, COLA. It stands for Cost of Living Adjustment, and its purpose is to ensure your benefits keep pace with inflation.

Unfortunately, for the year 2016,  there will be no COLA.  This is because there was ...

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