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Advantages of Working with a Social Security Disability Advocate

Should you choose to have a Social Security Disability advocate assist you with your claim? Or is hiring an attorney a smarter plan? As advocates, we’re obviously in favor of the former. But we do have good reasons for recommending our professional services. Here, we explain what you have to gain by working with an […]

Will Getting Married Affect Your Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you currently receive Social Security Disability benefits or have filed an SSD application, getting married could cause a change in your monthly amount. Whether or not that happens depends mainly upon the type of disability benefits you are awarded. Here, the Mountain West Disability team explains how marriage may or may not affect those […]

Filing for Social Security Disability? Tips for Getting an Approval

In an ideal world, Social Security disability benefits would be easily available for everyone in need. In reality, most claims are initially denied – and while many applicants are able to successfully appeal the decision, the process can take years. No one can guarantee that your application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Disability Insurance […]

How Social Media Can Affect Your Social Security Disability Claim

Many people who file Social Security Disability claims continue to use social media while they await a decision. But is doing so a bad idea? Not necessarily. Posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or any other platform may not affect your chances of approval – if, that is, you take care to guard your privacy. […]

Is There a Waiting Period for Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you’re approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you may not get your first payment right away. The Social Security Administration (SSA) imposes a five-month waiting period on all approved applicants, with only two exceptions. Dependents of disabled workers and those who previously received SSDI benefits and need them reinstated are the only […]

New Rule Limits Social Security Disability Eligibility

Since 1978, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has taken language barriers into account when evaluating applications for Social Security disability. The lack of proficiency in English, while not considered disabling in and of itself, has been viewed as having a significant impact on an individual’s ability to find work. As of April 27, 2020, this […]

Can a Dire Need Request Help Expedite Your Disability Claim?

People who apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits often experience frustrating delays in the process, and for some, a dire need request can help shorten the waiting time on a decision. The question is, will writing a dire need letter or DNL work to speed up your disability claim? The approach isn’t always effective, […]

Social Security Disability Claims – Debunking the Myths

The Social Security Disability claims process can be quite confusing, and most people in need of information turn to the internet. Unfortunately, much of what they find isn’t actually correct. Quite a few misconceptions about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) are floating around, many of which sound completely believable. Below, we […]

Should You File a Supplemental Security Income Claim?

If your income is limited and you have few resources, filing a Supplemental Security Income claim could be in your best interests. SSI, a federally funded program administered by the Social Security Administration, can provide you with the financial support you need – if, that is, you qualify to receive benefits. Here, we explain the […]

How Much Does a Social Security Disability Advocate Cost?

Many people apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) on their own, thinking that the cost of working with a Social Security Disability advocate is out of their reach. The truth is, most advocates – including those at Mountain West Disability – don’t charge upfront fees or ask for a retainer. […]

Social Security Disability Appeals: The Disability Hearing

The Social Security Disability appeals process begins with a reconsideration, which is a complete review of your claim by examiners who were not involved with initial decision. If that fails, the next step is a disability hearing with an administrative law judge. Hearings are not open to the public, and the judge may appear in […]

Can You Get Social Security Disability for a Mental Illness?

If you suffer from a mental illness and the condition affects your ability to work, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Mental disorders and illnesses can be seriously debilitating, and the Social Security Administration recognizes the potential for these conditions to cause long-term disability. However, as these types of claims can […]

Social Security Disability Application Tips

If you are disabled and cannot work, you may be thinking about filling out a Social Security disability application. Approval for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) could put you on better financial footing and allow you to get the medical care you need. But how do you go about applying? For […]

Social Security Disability: A Glossary of Common Terms

The process of applying for Social Security disability can be confusing, as can many of the terms used. And, while a simple Google search is enough to decode the meaning of some terms, others are not as easy to understand. To help you decipher the language the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses during the disability […]

Timeline for the Social Security Disability Claims Process

Getting through the Social Security disability claims process can be a frustrating endeavor, particularly if you don’t know what to expect. The steps to applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) are the same. However, not everyone ends up taking every step, as approval can come at any point. Below, the […]

SSI vs. DIB – Understanding Benefit Amounts

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two programs for disabled individuals in need of financial assistance: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB). Both SSI and DBI provide cash benefits to people who are unable to work, but the amounts are not the same. But how much will you actually receive if the […]

Understanding Social Security Disability Dire Needs Requests

The pace at which Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are processed and reviewed is notoriously slow. And, when you’re unable to work or earn a living because of a disability, this can place you in a perilous financial situation. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does, under certain circumstances, agree to expedite a portion of […]

What to Do After a Social Security Disability Claim Denial

If you have received a social security disability claim denial, it can feel like the end of the world. You’re struggling with your health issues, unable to work or bring in an income. You have been counting on an approval for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim application. When the denial letter came, you […]

How long does it take to get Disability Benefits?

For the majority of people, the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is not quick or easy. In fact, it can take anywhere from 4 months to 3 years for a claim to be approved. It is important to understand the different stages of the process and what is required in each stage […]

Why Social Security Disability Advocates Use a Team Approach

When clients choose a Social Security Disability advocate to assist them with their SSDI claim or appeal, they are often surprised to find that they will be working with a team, rather than a single individual – as they typically might if they chose to use a SSDI lawyer instead. When you understand why SSD […]

Can I work while applying for Disability Benefits?

Applying for Social Security Disability can be a very stressful process, especially if you’re unsure how you’ll be able to pay your bills or buy groceries. Many clients ask if they are able to work while applying for Social Security Disability. The answer is yes, but there are strict rules regarding working that Social Security […]

What’s the difference between SSI and SSDI?

What is the difference between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Many people who apply for disability benefits are not aware that there are two different types of benefits they could potentially qualify for. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that in order to get SSDI you have to […]