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Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens

By Nelson D. Schwartz  June 19, 2018 For  The New York Times  The number of Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits is plunging, a startling reversal of a decades-old trend that threatened the program’s solvency. It is the latest evidence of a stronger economy pulling people back into the job market or preventing workers from being sidelined in […]

Posted on: June 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

This one number can mislead you when claiming Social Security

Lorie Konish for CNBC Published 9:01 AM ET Sat, 2 June 2018  Updated 11:59 AM ET Tue, 5 June 2018 It generally pays to wait to claim Social Security retirement benefits. That’s because the longer you delay — up until age 70 — the larger the monthly check you will receive. One key calculation to keep […]

Posted on: June 18, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

When a Long-Term Disability Insurance Company Can Take Social Security Disability Backpay

By Aaron Hotfelder for Nolo.com Long-term disability companies can reduce your benefits and charge you with an overpayment when you receive Social Security backpay. If you’re receiving long-term disability (LTD) insurance benefits under a group or individual LTD plan, your LTD insurance carrier will likely require you to file for Social Security disability benefits. That’s because […]

Posted on: June 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Cancer and Compassionate Allowances

Social Security Supports People Battling Cancer Posted on June 4, 2018 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications for Social Security on blog.ssa.gov.  In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observed National Cancer Survivors Day in […]

Posted on: June 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Updates to the Representative Payee Program

In April 2018, the President signed into law bipartisan Congressional legislation updating the Representative Payee program. Since 1939, the Act has allowed for Representative Payees for Social Security beneficiaries who have not been able to manage their own funds. That program has not been updated in many years until recent passage of this legislation. The […]

Why You Need an Attorney for Your Social Security Disability Case

Many people do not realize that Social Security Disability law is one of the most complex and difficult areas and there are many factors that affect whether you win your case, including: Does SSA has all your records? SSA makes minimal attempts to obtain your records and many people believe SSA actually had their records […]

Posted on: April 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Short staffing leads to long waits for Social Security disability hearing decisions

Robert Steers of Southington, Conn., was an Army captain who served in Afghanistan. He also served his country looking for contraband with the Transportation Security Administration. Now, he’d like to get decent service from the Social Security Administration. But, as many Americans know, this can be an exasperating experience, filled with endless waits and growing […]

Posted on: April 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Autism Spectrum Listing a Challenge

Autism Spectrum Listing a Challenge Autism was included as a unique impairment in the 2017 amendments to the Mental Health Listings of Impairments. It is likely that the increasing number of claimants suffering with autism diagnoses motivated the addition of this subsection. The Listing, however, only identifies the most severe symptoms that no one could […]

Posted on: April 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

2017 Waterfall Chart for Claims and Appeals

This chart shows the percentages of Allowances, Denials, and Dismissals for 2017. The chart details percentages at the different Level’s of Social Security’s claims process.   2017 Waterfall Chart (accessed from https://www.ssa.gov/budget/FY19Files/2019CJ.pdf)

Posted on: March 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

Sometimes More Than Social Security Disability Benefits Are Available

Clients often come seeking help and are not even aware of all of their possible rights and benefits besides Social Security disability. Other legal protections and benefits may include: Some people have lost jobs that could have been salvaged with a simple negotiation with an employer. If an employee has a disability, but can continue […]

Posted on: March 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments Continue Reading

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