Understanding SSDI and SSI

If you are disabled, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. The program for which you qualify depends on a number of factors and this publication will try to help you understand the basic similarities and differences. Under both SSDI and SSI, an applicant must be considered… Read More

Dealing with Adverse Medical Reports – Duty to Disclose

Regarding a duty on the part of a claimant’s representative to provide to the Social Security Administration and/or the office of Disability Adjudication and Review any “adverse evidence” that they may have in their claimant’s file. The Social Security Administration is considering a requirement that all representatives and/or claimants submit not only favorable evidence, but… Read More

Social Security Disability and Bipolar Disorder

Probably one of the more challenging conditions that we come across in trying to establish that an individual is disabled enough to receive Social Security disability benefits has to do with the diagnosed condition of Bipolar Disorder. It is challenging because the symptoms very between manic episodes and depressive episodes with some periods of normalcy…. Read More

Qualifying For Social Security Disability and SSI

The threshold question for both Title II SSD and Title XVI SSI is the same: is the individual disabled, or likely to be disabled, for at least a twelve consecutive month period? The difference between the two programs is that to qualify for SSD (Title II Social Security Disability), you must have sufficient work credits…. Read More

How to Verify Whether You’re “Insured” to Claim Social Security Disability Benefits

It is important for anyone who is considering an application for Social Security disability benefits, (benefits based upon their own past earnings records) to first verify that they have “insured” status under the Social Security regulations. To gain the status of “insured” in the eyes of the Social Security, one must have worked a certain… Read More

Stay at work legislation

New legislation will affect return-to-work procedures following an industrial injury or occupational disease. Once an industrial insurance claim is allowed, the State of Washington will now provide an incentive to employers to return the worker to work as quickly as possible to a light duty or transitional job. The State can reimburse employers up to… Read More

Social Security Administration makes changes to cut costs

The Social Security Administration, in an effort to cut it’s costs, has again taken away significant rights of disabled persons applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Just a few months ago, the Administration enacted Social Security Rule 11-1p.  Which says that if a Social Security Claimant has an application on appeal, they may not file… Read More

Senate OKs Lump-sum Workers Comp Buyouts

The Washington State Senate passed landmark state workers compensation reform legislation on March 5, 2011.  It was embodied in SB 5566. The Senate-approved measure would drastically change Washington State’s workers’ compensation system by establishing an option for lump-sum settlements for claimants who are looking at long-term disability (pension benefits).  Under the Senate version of the… Read More