WHAT IS A GAF SCORE

A GAF score is also known as global assessment of functioning. It is used in psychiatry and psychology to get a big picture of the patient.  One explanation used to assess GAF is to “consider psychological, social and occupational functioning on a hypothetical continuum of mental health-fitness.” The scores run from 0 to 100. The… [ more ⇒]

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WHAT IF YOUR CHILD SSI BENEFITS ARE TERMINATED AND YOU DID NOT DO AN APPEAL

In order to resume your benefits, you will have to file a new application. Typically, you will have to go to a hearing. That will take around 20 to 24 months. You will have an opportunity to make two applications. You can make an application alleging you are disabled as a child before age 22… [ more ⇒]

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IF SOCIAL SECURITY FINDS YOU ARE DISABLED, BUT THE DATE THEY USE FOR THE DISABILITY IS LATER THAN WHAT YOU THINK IT IS, CAN YOU APPEAL THAT?

You can appeal the decision. You normally have 65 days from the date of the decision to appeal it. The appeal will probably be a Request for Hearing. Normally, you can do a hearing online. In these instances, they usually do not allow you to do it online. You will have to do it by… [ more ⇒]

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How much money can one make to be entitled to continue to collect SSI are SSD?

That is a difficult question. I will not address the Ticket to Work program. Forgetting that program for a minute, these are the following rules for SSD. If you gross $1040 a month or more, that is interpreted to mean that you are earning substantial gainful activity. If you are currently receiving benefits, you will… [ more ⇒]

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Can a person get both SSI and SSDI disability benefits in Florida?

The simple answer is that it depends. One can be paid SSD (Social Security Disability) benefits in Florida. This is typically true regardless of any other assets or income. The question is whether SSI (Supplement Security Income) can be paid in addition to the SSD. In Florida, if the SSD amount is $730 or more,… [ more ⇒]

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COMPLETION OF FORMS AND ACCURACY

Beginning with the application, Social Security is going to have you fill out many forms. Accuracy can be important. If you are unsure, about anything, you would need to specify that. For example, you need to be very accurate about the kind of work you have done for the 15 years prior to the time… [ more ⇒]

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HOW DO YOU PICK A REPRESENTATIVE?

It is not easy to pick someone to represent you in your social security claim. Like picking a doctor, sometimes you have to rely on referrals and sometimes you have to do your own research. Let me suggest some ideas as to whom to pick. The first question is whether you want an attorney or… [ more ⇒]

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A person asked a question as to when he would be determined to be disabled. He was treated by a chiropractor and wanted to know if his opinion would help. Last, he wanted to know when his payments might start.

You have raised several questions. The date you become disabled is called the date of onset. It is the date when all of the evidence shows you are disabled. Proving you are disabled can depend on your education, work history, and age. It can be the date you said you became disabled or it can… [ more ⇒]

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MEMORY LOSS, LACK OF CONCENTRATION, DEPRESSION

Very often, an individual will have mental symptoms as a result of physical problems. The physical problems can be all kinds of things. It may be a painful back. It may be a painful neck. There may be neuropathy, lupus or gastrointestinal issues. These physical problems cause chronic pain. Chronic pain can affect the ability… [ more ⇒]

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How does a divorced spouse qualify for benefits?

A person can receive benefits as a divorced spouse on a former spouse’s Social Security record if he or she: Was married to the former spouse for at least 10 years; Is at least age 62 years old; Is unmarried; and Is not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit on his or her own… [ more ⇒]

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