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Resolve Other Legal Issues Before Your Disability Claim

The Social Security Administration doesn't exist in a vacuum, and sometimes years old legal problems that claimants have forgotten to resolve can come back to bite them just before a disability hearing.

One of the most common issues that impact disability cases is marital status. Being married has no impact on a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim and the benefits you can receive if approved, but if your spouse is working full-time, it can decrease or completely eliminate the benefits you could receive from the need-based Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

It's not uncommon to see claimants who have been legally separated from their spouses for years, but who have not finalized a divorce for whatever reason.

Even if you haven't seen your spouse in years, if you're still legally married, it can prevent you from qualifying for SSI benefits. If you do not have SSDI credits or they have run out, it could prevent you from receiving any disability benefits even if it's impossible for you to work.

Another legal issue that often pops up in disability cases is identity theft. If you become aware that someone else has used your Social Security number to work, you need to contact SSA as soon as possible.

If you don't report the unauthorized use of your Social Security number, SSA can assume that any of those wages were earned by you.

That could impact how the administration classifies your past work. You could be denied benefits because the administration thinks you can perform a job you never actually held.

Or if someone earned money using your Social Security number after you said you could no longer work, the SSA could deny your application.

These are issues that can be resolved fairly quickly if dealt with quickly, but if allowed to fester for years, they can seriously complicate if not completely derail a disability case.

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Midwest Disability, P.A.
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Coon Rapids, MN 55448
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