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You have made your way through the long disability determination process, and finally had a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Unfortunately, the ALJ has denied your claim for benefits. What now? At this point, Social Security gives you a couple of choices. First, you may appeal the ALJ’s decision to the Appeals Council, … Continue reading My Claim Has Been Denied By An Administrative Law Judge – What Are My Options?
News Release SOCIAL SECURITY Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016 With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016. The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social … Continue reading Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living
Many claimants file for disability because they suffer from depression. Others, due to ongoing chronic pain or other symptoms, may became depressed and although depression may not be their main problem, it may became part of their disability claim. If you notice symptoms of depression because of your medical, and financial situation, you should seek … Continue reading Social Security and Depression
My doctor has told me that I’m disabled, so why has my Social Security Disability claim been denied? Even though your doctor may have reported to Social Security that, in his opinion, you are disabled, Social Security may not automatically adopt that opinion. Rather, they will evaluate all of the medical evidence in your claim … Continue reading Why has my Social Security Disability claim been denied?
If certain conditions are met, a person may qualify for disability based of his/her spouse earning record. To qualify for disability insurance benefits, a widow(er) must have become disabled before the end of a certain period described by law. The disability must begin at least 5 full calendar months before the month the widow(er) attains … Continue reading Disabled Widow(er) Cases
Social Security gets closer to the agency’s historic 80th anniversary and prepares to commemorate the August 14, 1935, signing of the Social Security Act. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin today announced the launch of the agency’s event-filled celebration, with many activities leading up to August 14, 2015. “Social Security offers hope and protection for millions … Continue reading 80th Anniversary for Social Security
You can access a tremendous amount of information if you sign up for MySSA account at https://www.ssa.gov/my account/ • If you sign up you will have access to: • Your Social Security Statement, with information about your annual earnings: • Estimate Medicare and Social Security taxes paid: • Work credit earned: • The disability, retirement and survivors’ benefit you and … Continue reading My SSA Account
Social Security follows a multi-step evaluation process. They will gather medical records from your doctors and obtain hospital records and test results. SSA may choose to have you examined by a doctor or psychologist. To determine if you meet the definition of disability, SSA will ask the following questions: 1) Are you working? If so, … Continue reading How Does SSA Decide if I am Disabled?
Paul F. Woodrow Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits involves a sometimes lengthy administrative process. A claim is filed by contacting the Social Security Administration (SSA), which may be done online, over the telephone, or in person at your local SSA office. The SSA representative will ask you for information about when you became … Continue reading The Social Security Disability Claims Process
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required by law to periodically review the case of every person who is receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits. This process is called a “continuing disability review” (CDR) and is intended to identify beneficiaries who may no longer qualify as disabled. If, during … Continue reading What is a Continuing Disability Review?
The Social Security Administration recently announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 1.7 percent in 2015. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin for Social Security Disability and Retirement beneficiaries in January 2015. Increased payments for SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. SSI beneficiaries will now … Continue reading Cost of Living Adjustment
Disability payment you receive from workers’ compensation and/or another public disability payment may reduce you and your family’s Social Security benefits. Your Social Security disability benefit will be reduced so that the combined amount of the Social Security benefit you and your family receive plus your workers’ compensation payment and/or public disability payment does not … Continue reading How do Workers’ Compensation Payments Affect My Disability Benefits?
Income – any income received will affect the amount of SSI payable. Income exceeding SSI federal benefit monthly rate will preclude entitlement. Spouse and household income and living arrangements can affect the amount of SSI payable. SSA uses a deeming chart to look at income from a spouse to a spouse, or from parents … Continue reading What Income or Resources are Considered in Determining SSI Eligibility?
Can I work and receive Social Security? Usually the answer is no. There are limited exceptions. If you are thinking about returning to work during the course of your claim, please contact our office immediately so we can best advise you. Can I receive unemployment while I wait for my disability? Unemployment can sometimes hurt … Continue reading Important Information about Social Security Claims
Elizabeth C. Leffel A Social Security disability hearing is not a trial. It is not even in a courtroom. But the idea of a hearing can be very stressful for anyone. The hearing is just that, it is an opportunity for the Administrative Law Judge to hear the claimant’s side of the story. It is … Continue reading What should you expect at a Disability Hearing?
Facebook is very popular; over a billion people use Facebook every day. But there are real legal dangers in using and posting on Facebook. Facebook is a public site, which means that what you post in Facebook can be used in discovery. Nothing prevents an ALJ from looking at your Facebook page. Even innocent posts, may … Continue reading To Facebook or Not to Facebook
After many months or even years of waiting for a hearing, it is common for clients to want to know the Judge’s decision right away. Unfortunately, there is no time limit placed upon the Judges to issue a decision within a certain amount of time. Although the average length of time to get a … Continue reading How long does it take to a get a decision following my Social Security Hearing?
Sam Johnson, the Chairman of the House Social Security Subcommittee, has introduced a bill that would prevent a person from receiving both unemployment insurance benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits at the same time. The President has included the same proposal in his budget for the next fiscal year. That sounds great to many … Continue reading Potential Legislative update
The most important thing that you as a claimant can do to help your SS claim is to stay in steady medical treatment. Without clear objective evidence of an ongoing disability, it can be very hard to convince an Administrative Law Judge that you are disabled and unable to work. We understand that medical treatment … Continue reading How Can I Help with my Social Security Claim?
A group of plaintiffs are suing the Treasury Department, the Social Security Administration, and the District of Columbia, claiming the federal government is continuing to hold onto their tax refunds to pay for supposed overpayments of Social Security benefits decades ago. … The Legal Aid Society and the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge brought … Continue reading Overpayment Lawsuit
March 16, 2015 Shannon Bateson Dear Editor: On behalf of Columbus Social Security Disability attorneys, I need to correct misconceptions and false statements that an article written by Mark Williams (“Disability benefits on rise in Ohio since 2008”, March 13) presented. First, Funk guessed that “many collecting disability benefits are 25 to 39” but in … Continue reading Letter re: Disability benefits on rise in Ohio since 2008
On March 20th, SSA published new rules governing the submission of evidence in SSA claims. These rules create more of a burden on claimants’ and their attorneys. SSA now requires that we notify them of any possible treatment that is related to your disability claim. Previously, attorneys did not have a duty to submit records … Continue reading SSA Passes New Rules Regarding the Submission of Evidence
117,000 people received cash benefits from both SSDI and Unemployment Insurance programs during 2010. Congress is considering ways to prevent this. Congress has been proposing legislation aimed at off set unemployment benefits from your Social Security benefit. If this legislation is approved, your Social Security Benefit will be offset by unemployment benefits you received during … Continue reading Social Security and Unemployment
Social security asks questions about the work you’ve done in the last 15 years when you file your application. Often, our office may call you for more clarification regarding the work you’ve done. The reason this information is important is because of the sequential evaluation that Social Security uses. First, in order to be found … Continue reading Why Is Work History So Important?