Author Archives: Elizabeth A. Smith

Attorney for my Hearing?

Once you have received a denial or filed for an appeal/request for hearing, you should decide whether or not you want to be represented by an attorney. Social Security cases allow you to proceed pro-se, meaning you are representing yourself, … Continue reading

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What happens if I get Denied?

What Happens If I Get Denied? The letter with you, your spouse, or your child’s name has come on it and you open it to find out you have been denied benefits. While this is an unfortunate scenario, it happens … Continue reading

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What Happens If I Get Approved for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income?

What Happens If I Get Approved? The letter with you, your spouse, or your child’s name has come on it and you open it up to find out that you have been approved for Social Security Benefits. Congratulations! The hardest … Continue reading

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What Happens Next?

What Happens Next? You have now handed in your application for SSDI/SSI benefits. All of the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. It is now essentially just a waiting game. If you applied for SSD, the Social Security system … Continue reading

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How Do I Apply for SSD/SSI?

How Do I Apply for SSD/SSI? If you think you may qualify for SSI/SSDI benefits, the next step is to send in an application to the Social Security Administration. While the Social Security Administration is a federal entity, the offices … Continue reading

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Am I Eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Am I Eligible For SSI? I would say that the first (most important) question I receive from prospective clients during consultations is “Am I Eligible For SSI?” Unfortunately, without having the initial consultation, I am only able to give the … Continue reading

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Can You Pass this Social Security Quiz?

My colleague Social Security Attorney Ben Decker from New Mexico had a recent blog post that ties in nicely with a recent presentation at the Butler County Bar Association about Social Security benefits. Brad asked: “Do you plan to retire … Continue reading

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What is SSI and What is SSDI?

The primary issue I see when practicing in this area of law is that prospective clients are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled from the government. Individuals will walk into my office and simply just say, “I … Continue reading

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Average for winning Disability and SSI in 2017 is 70% at Law Office of Elizabeth A. Smith

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Seven Fields, PA, conducts disability and SSI hearings. The average wait time for a hearing is 20 months. The Seven Fields average for winning a disability or SSI hearing is 44% as … Continue reading

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Seven Fields Pennsylvania Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

This excerpt is from the disabilityjudges.com website – information as of 2-7-17 At the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Seven Fields, Pennsylvania, 7 different administrative law judges (ALJ) conduct Social Security Disability (SSD) hearings and Supplemental Security … Continue reading

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