Tag Archives: Disability

Disability Defined for Social Security

The Social Security Administration defines disability as the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be … Continue reading

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Evaluation of Childhood SSI or Disability Claims

     Children with a disability can receive SSI benefits if certain poverty guidelines are met.  The sequential evaluation for children’s cases is different than for that of adults.  Analysis of a child’s claim of disability requires three sequential steps.             … Continue reading

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What does the SSA Mean When it Says Ineffective Ambulation?

     In claims for Social Security Disability or SSI, the ability to carry out certain basic functions of day-to-day life has a great impact on the success of the claim.  For instance, I received discussed the requirements for qualifying for SSD or … Continue reading

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Social Security Taking Longer to Hear Cases; Denying More Claims

     Social Security Disability and SSI claimants are waiting longer to have their cases heard.  The national average processing time for claims before the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review is up to 382 days (up from 372 since December) … Continue reading

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Processing Times for Tennessee ODAR Offices

     The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) conducts Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) hearings in 6 different offices in Tennessee. Currently, in Tennessee, the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing … Continue reading

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Anxiety Disorders and Childhood SSI

     Many parents often wonder if their child qualifies for Childhood SSI disability benefits due to an anxiety disorder.  Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI.  The requirements are actually more stringent.  … Continue reading

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Social Security Disability and SSI Average Hearing Times Continue to Increase in Tennessee and Nationwide

     There continues to be bad news for Social Security Disability or SSI claimants in that average processing times for hearings have increased and are likely to increase more due the federal budgetary cuts known as “sequestration.”  In East Tennessee, the … Continue reading

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