July 21

Social Security Disability – Know the Facts Before Bad-Mouthing It

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.

April 10

Am I Eligible For Social Security Disability Benefits?

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.

January 17

Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits Using the Compassionate Allowance Program

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.

November 5

Social Security Disability Checks Will Increase in 2014

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.

June 29

Are Social Security Disability Judges Awarding Too Often?

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.

April 11

Does He Have Any Clue What Really Happens?

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.

March 21

New Social Security Disability Policy Interpretation Ruling on Drug Addiction and Alcoholism

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.

January 25

Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits For Fibromyalgia

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.

December 11

Social Security Disability Adds 35 Conditions to Compassionate Allowances

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.

November 30

Social Security Disability Claim – How Long Does It Take?

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.

September 26

Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Are Being Scammed

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.

July 26

The Rising Number of Social Security Disability Recipients

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.

July 10

Social Security Disability is Slavery? Really?

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 14

Social Security Disability Benefits for ALS

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.

February 28

Social Security Disability Benefits and Trial Work Periods – Count Your Months!

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.

January 9

Working While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits – Is it Possible?

Earning Social Security Disability benefits while working–it is often asked, “Can I work and still receive SSD benefits?” The answer to that question depends on multiple factors but once you understand the guidelines, the answer is quite clear. To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, a person must be unable to engage in what.

December 1

Tips on Speeding Up Your Social Security Disaiblity (SSD) Application

Anyone who has applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) knows how slow the process is. Studies have shown that about two-thirds of Social Security disability requests are initially rejected. If you’re turned down, you can request that your case be reconsidered, but few decisions are reversed at that level so you must request a hearing.

July 6

What Social Security Can Do For You and Your Family

Social Security and Social Security Disability (SSD) is the answer to all the questions, but it can be very helpful to you and your family. Many people don’t understand that contributing about $3,500 over years can result in numerous benefits. A very good article on FoxBusiness.com highlights the following 10 benefits that Social Security can.

April 11

No More Yearly Social Security Statements?

The Social Security statement that I got in the mail last week–you know, the paper that tells you what you’d get if you retired at 62, at 66, at 70 or how you get if you become disabled — may be the last one I get. No, not because I am disabled or retiring, but.