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Averaged Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME)

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

(AIME) The total of any monthly earning(s) received is used to calculate your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings. Earnings can come from the following sources: wages, compensation, self-employment income, and deemed military wage credits that are creditable to you for social security purposes for years after 1950.

Consultative Exam (CE)

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

If the records provided to Social Security by the claimant’s own medical sources are not adequate to determine if he or she is disabled, additional medical information may be needed by ordering a consultative examination (CE). The goal of this exam is for a third party doctor (not known to you and not an employee Read More…

Continuing Disability Review (CDR)

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

A periodic review of someone receiving disability benefits which is to determine if disability benefits should continue. They may be scheduled if medical improvement was expected. This may also be called Continuing Disability Investigation (CDI).

Back Pay

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

Back pay is money owed to you from your date of entitlement to the date when you first start receiving your benefits. It is your retroactive pay. In a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim, your date of entitlement can be only as far back as the first full month after the date you filed your Read More…

Disability Hearing

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

A disability hearing is a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. This hearing occurs after you have been denied for disability benefits and your appeal is also denied. Then you can request a disability hearing.

Disability Determination Services Examiner

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

The DDS examiner works for Disability Determination Services (DDS) which is a state government agency who’s main propose is to make disability findings for the Social Security Administration (SSA). When you first apply for SSDI or SSI, the DDS examiner is the person that will decide if you meet the SSA definition of being disabled. Read More…

Ticket to Work

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability beneficiaries can get help with training to go to work at no cost to them. Most people will receive a “ticket” that they can take to a provider of their choice who can offer the kind of services they need.

Request for Reconsideration

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

A Request for Reconsideration may be filed if a claimant has been denied their original claim for disability benefits. This is a separate form that is filled out and submitted. It is a request that your original application and claim be reviewed a second time. Like your original application, your case will be assigned to Read More…

Listing of Impairments

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

A book (sometimes called the Blue Book) which allows an examiner to have a detailed list of requirements to determine if a medical condition is considered disabling. If your condition meets the requirements then you are considered disabled. The book contains many common medical conditions. It is possible to have a medical condition that is Read More…

Appeals Council

By Chad H on Tuesday , May 6th , 2014 in /

If the decision from the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the hearing is unfavorable you can request that the Appeals Council Review your case. The Appeals Council is not responsible to evaluate the facts of your case but instead to determine if the ALJ made a mistake in denying your claim. There are three decisions Read More…