Social Security Rules & Definitions

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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The Impact of Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) on a Disability Claim

August 26, 2015 by

An individual’s Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) may play a critical role in his or her Social Security disability claim. Your residual functional capacity is the most you can do despite the limitations caused by your impairments and any related symptoms such as pain.  These limitations can affect what you can ...

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Frequent Social Security Questions Answered

July 27, 2015 by

Everyone has unique Social Security questions, but there are several of them that tend to arise over and over, no matter who is doing the asking. This post will detail some of the most common questions about Social Security benefits and attempt to offer some clarity about these subjects.

How ...

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