Stan Holden

Contributing Author

Stan Holden is a graduate of Northwestern University and an award-winning researcher, copywriter, editor, and photographer.  Stan began his professional writing career in the newspaper business at the Chicago Tribune. He has an outstanding ability to transform complicated issues into easier to understand “reader-friendly” information. He has researched, written and published numerous nationally distributed articles and reports on Social Security Disability, Veterans benefits, legal and health-related matters.

Social Security Disability Requirements: How to Qualify for SSD

By / February 18, 2018 / Facts / 44 Comments

Whether you're applying for SSD benefits for yourself or others, it's extremely important to fill out the application form completely, correctly, without omissions, and with the required paperwork enclosed along with it. Having your initial application denied can make you so discouraged that you'll give up on SSD and miss out on the benefits you deserve. This section and the next may help you to avoid an immediate denial or needless delays. The application process is complex and can take much time and effort. But several million Americans go through it each year and, if successful, are very glad they...Read more

Social Security Disability Glossary

By / February 18, 2018 / Facts / 1 Comment

Acceptable Medical Source Before making a determination of a claimant’s disability, the SSA evaluates any medical evidence provided by a relevant “acceptable medical source.” Social Security defines “acceptable medical source” as a licensed physician, psychologist, optometrist, speech pathologist, podiatris, and some therapists and nurse practitioners depending on their licenses. Naturopaths, chiropractors, and other alternative practitioners are not included in the definition of “acceptable medical source.” If you have received treatment from such a provider and want their input considered, you will need to obtain and submit their records or reports because Social Security will not request them. If received they...Read more

Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability

By / February 18, 2018 / Facts / 30 Comments

What is a “disability,” as defined by the Social Security Administration? It’s a physical or mental condition - one that’s expected to last at least 12 months or result in death - that prevents a person from working at a level that is considered substantial gainful activity. The disability does not have to be work-related but benefits are not paid for short-term disabilities that last for less than twelve months (though the twelve-month period can be interrupted by unsuccessful work attempts) or disabilities that disabled a person only from working in a past occupation. Is a letter from my doctor,...Read more

9 Common Mistakes Made In Regard to Social Security Disability Benefits

By / February 18, 2018 / Facts / 5 Comments

If you are disabled but are not collecting all the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits you are entitled to, perhaps it’s because you are making one or more of the common mistakes listed below. If you are not disabled, please read and save this guide anyway, because you or a member of your family could become disabled at any time due to an accident or illness. You will then need to know about, and avoid, these common mistakes. As noted in The New York Times, “50 million people in the U.S. have some form of physical or mental disability. Nineteen...Read more

7 Common Misconceptions about Social Security Disability Benefits

By / February 18, 2018 / Facts / No Comments

Disability,whether physical or mental and regardless of cause, can affect anyone. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), nearly 3 out of every 10 of today’s 20-year-olds—even those in perfect health—will become disabled before they reach age 67, which will be their Social Security Normal Retirement Age. Currently, some 50 million people in the U.S. have some form of physical or mental disability, according to census data. The longer you live, the greater the chances are that, on or off the job, you will become disabled, too. If you are already disabled, are too young to qualify for...Read more

Reasons First Time Applicants are Denied Social Security Benefits

By / February 18, 2018 / The Claims Process / 6 Comments

There are medical and non-medical reasons why your application may be denied. It's important to understand why your application is denied under both conditions. This is so you can make the proper adjustment and increase your opportunity for an approved application and receive the benefits you're entitled to. Here is a breakdown of the medical and non-medical reasons on why first-time applicants are denied social security disability benefits. Non-medical reasons first time applications are Denied Social Security Benefits You may be disabled, but if your SSD application is incomplete or includes incorrect information, your application will be denied for non-medical...Read more

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