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A fully favorable ALJ decison usually contains a sentence like this:

The claimant's earnings record shows that the claimant has acquired sufficient quarters of coverage to remain insured through December 31, 2013.

Sometimes the successful claimant will read that sentence and think that it means that the Social Security disability benefits will terminate on

I get inquires regarding partial disability every now and then. Potential claimants believe they may qualify for partial Social Security disability benefits. They could still work a bit, but can no longer do the same job, or earn the same income, they earned before.  Or perhaps, due to their medical condition, their earnings have dropped significantly

Every now and then I encounter a case that potentially involves a claim for benefits by a disabled surviving spouse. This is a claim for disability benefits based upon the work record of the deceased spouse.

A claimant without enough quarters of coverage for Social Security disability insurance on his/her own work record could

It's that time of year, and many successful Social Security disability claimants who received a lump sum of retroactive benefits in 2009 are now assessing the income tax consequences.

I am not a tax lawyer, and you won't be getting tax advice from me. However, there is an excellent web page available from the National Organization

When you are awarded Social Security disability benefits, you do not receive benefits beginning on your disability onset date.  Rather, there is a 5 month waiting period before benefits begin. As a practical matter, it is often a 6 month waiting period, because the waiting period is 5 full calendar months of disability. So if

For Social Security disability, retroactive disability benefits can be paid for up to 12 months prior to the date you filed your claim, if you were disabled during that time. 

Here is a simple example:

Assume that a person filed for Social Security disability benefits today, August 1, 2009.  Disability benefits are available for the past


Unemployment insurance and Social Security disability are two separate programs, with different goals. In general, if you are receiving unemployment insurance benefits you are ready willing and able to work, and are not disabled. However, receiving unemployment compensation after your alleged onset date does not preclude a favorable finding for your Social Security disability

There is a little known Social Security benefit called the Adult Child Disability benefit. I took on one such claim this week, for the first time in quite a while.

An adult disabled before age 22 may be eligible for child's benefits if a parent is deceased or receives retirement or disability benefits. The SSA considers this

One of the most important things you can do for a client as a Social Security disability lawyer is to request reopening of a prior claim. In my opinion, the issue of reopening does not get enough attention.

Reopening a prior claim can add substantially to the retroactive benefits payable to your client. At a recent hearing of