My legal assistant, Jessica Thomas‘ last article talked about the Social Security Disability Application Process. In this article, she educates us on the appeal process an applicant must go through after being denied Social Security Disability benefits. This is what she says: The Social Security Administration denies a remarkable average of 65% of the initial.
Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a lengthy process. Whether you decide to apply online, in person or by telephone is completely up to you. Applying in person does have several advantages. For example, having the ability to ask questions about anything you do not understand, including questions or information requested on the.
Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) are both confusing to determine whether someone qualifies for one or the other. This question seems to be one of the most common questions amongst Social Security applicants. Although they may appear to be very similar, they both have exceptionally different eligibility.
Social Security Disability has been under attack lately in the media. Stories of judges approving too many disability applications, SSD fraud and other similar stories ignore the daily struggles a person must endure to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. Recently, the Social Security Administration recently launched a national communications campaign, The Faces and Facts of.
Now that we added a Social Security Disability division to our law practice, I am often asked something like this: “I have [add any condition or disease here], am I eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?” As with any question posed to a lawyer, the answer is not a simply No or Yes. Most.
Despite what the media says, obtaining Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is a difficult and lengthy process. Applying for and fighting to obtain Social Security Disability benefit while battling a serious disease or illness can be exhausting. This week, the Social Security Administration announces new Compassionate Allowances conditions to ease the process for those suffering.
The Social Security Administration recently announced that monthly Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014. The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin for SSD recipients in January 2014. According to CNNMoney.com, the latest adjustment will add about $19 to monthly.
Some Social Security Disability judges told Congress that they feel that they are being pushed to award Social Security Disability benefits to people who may not deserve them. According to the Washington Post, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating why many judges have high approval rates for claims already rejected twice by.
Tax Day is here again. Throughout the year, I am asked if the settlement from a car accident needs to be reported as income on taxes. Also, I am asked if the workers’ compensations benefits and Social Security Disability benefits are taxable. My standard answer is that I am a personal injury attorney and not.
TIME Magazine’s political columnist, Joe Klein recently wrote what I consider an offensive article – Reform Social Security Disability – about those who fight for and deserve Social Security Disability benefits. In his article, Klein claims that a “great many” are scamming social security disability for benefits they don’t deserve. Sure, he tries to cushion.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have been difficult to obtain if the Claimant was battling a drug or alcohol addiction. As of March 22, 2013, Social Security Disability judges have a clarified “drug addiction and alcohol” (DAA) Social Security ruling to follow. The new Social Security Ruling (SSR) states that the key factor judges should.
Fibromyalgia can be disabling, but the Social Security Administration does not always appreciate the impact of the condition when deciding whether or not to award Social Security Disability benefits. There is no specific Social Security Disability “listing” for fibromyalgia. However, approximately six months ago, Social Security issued a ruling instructing claims examiners and judges to.
Fighting for Social Security Disability benefits can be exhausting especially when fighting a horrible condition or disorder. Recently, the Social Security Administration (SSA) made it a bit easier for 35 conditions by adding these 35 conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. By definition, these conditions are so severe that Social Security does not need to.
The Social Security Disability process has improved some over the years, but there is more to do to reduce the hearing backlog according to the Fiscal Year 2012 Inspector General Statement on the Social Security Administration’s Major Management and Performance Challenges. According to the report, at the end of September 2012, the backlog of Social.
Social Security benefits are being stolen through a new scam where identity thieves are fraudulently rerouting Social Security benefits to their own bank accounts and prepaid debit cards. How do they do it? Identity thieves get their hands on the personal information they need, like a full name and bank account number. Then they contact.
The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability benefits hit a record in July. According to the Social Security Administration, over 8.7 million Americans received SSD payments in July. While some would like to politicize this, as an attorney who sees the struggles those needing Social Security Disability benefits go through in order to get.
Social Security Disability is something that some people truly need. Something that was paid for by those who receive it. Something that some recipients would gladly give back for the ability to work and earn a decent living again. However, Florida Representative Allen West declared Social Security disability insurance as “a form of modern, 21st-century.
May is National ALS Awareness Month. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. More than 5,600 people each year are newly diagnosed with ALS. Living with ALS impacts both the patient and his or.
Collecting social security disability (SSD) benefits does not mean that you can never attempt to work again, and we know that working rather than receiving SSDI benefits is a far better choice for a multitude of reasons; financial, emotional, physical, etc. The Social Security Administration has several programs under which a beneficiary receiving Social Security.