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Initial Phase of Social Security Disability and some topics that derive from there.

The   first   phase once  the   application   is filed   is   called   the   initial   phase.   At   this phase   about   25%   of   cases   that  are filed will  get   paid.   The   process   takes   6/9  months   from   filing   and   the   average back pay is  about  5600 hundred bucks and the claimant will receive a monthly check there after so long as the approval is more than five months from his or her onset date of being disabled. Sometimes a DDS worker will move the Claimant’s onset date past the filing date. Reasons for this can run the spectrum. Two reasons we see a lot are a significant health event or something known as the grid rules. For now, grid rules make the requirements of becoming disabled much less stringent at certain ages generally around 50 if the persons exertion level of their past relevant work is above the sedentary exertion level. It is always important to be honest but classify your work and what you did but on your application focus on the higher ex

3 Mistakes that make it likely to get denied

1. Collecting unemployment while applying for SSDI? Judges love to get Claimants on this. Unemployment means your looking for work and you can’t find any work. SSDI is there can be a million jobs but I can not do them because of my physical and mental condition. Judges hate when people want their cake and want to eat it too. The first two statements can never be true together it’s impossible. Now if it was a pharmaceutical company or an insurance company making these statements they would have a better shot of getting the judge to buy such a ridiculous statement. Why? I’ve thought about it long and hard and I think a lot of judges come from defense firms and they take their arguments and augmented reality to the bench with them. My Grandad told me many times that the word justice should be replaced with the word law on the courthouse. It took me a couple years of practicing law to understand what he meant, unfortunately like usual he was right. 2. A Supportive Medical Source Stat

When will I get Medicare if I get approved for SSDI?

As of this writing if you are approved for Social Security Disability Insurance there is a mandatory two year wait from the onset date that the person is deemed disabled. Onset date is the first date that the Administration deems the person could no longer engage in Substantial Gainful Activity or in other words is making less than 1000 dollars a month and working under 20 hours per week unless the employer is making accommodations. As of this writing there are bills in the house to eliminate the 2 year waiting period as well as eliminating the 5 month waiting stood before benefits kick in. From a policy perspective both of these bills make sense. As to waiting to get insurance these individuals illnesses progress because they can not afford medical treatment thus when they get their Medicare it costs our Government many times more than if they would have treated them as soon as they were approved if they survive. Finally as to the five month waiting period, SSDI is not welfare the


Hi, I’m Jason Baril and I’ve been an attorney for almost 15 years. I’ve been responsible for and I have overseen over 25,000 disability cases in the last 5 years. In addition to that I have personally tried 1,500 cases. This blog is going to go into depth about various different hurdles, current events happening, and trends with Social Security Disability. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with anyone who is interested. Our firm’s website is which also has a lot of information to help one along this journey. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog and I am hoping that everyone that stops by gets something to help them along their journey or a love ones journey. Jason Baril Disability Advantage Group 865-566-0800 This is me on the right, Whitney Kent in the middle and my business partner the  best partner I could ever ask  for and she is even a better person, Linda Betz.