My Claim Has Been Denied By An Administrative Law Judge – What Are My Options?


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?

Law Does Not Provide for a Social Security Cost-of-Living


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

Social Security and Depression


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

Disabled Widow(er) Cases


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

80th Anniversary for Social Security


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

What is a Continuing Disability Review?


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?

Cost of Living Adjustment


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

How do Workers’ Compensation Payments Affect My Disability Benefits?


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?

To Facebook or Not to Facebook


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

Potential Legislative update


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

Overpayment Lawsuit


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

Letter re: Disability benefits on rise in Ohio since 2008


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

Social Security and Unemployment


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

Why Is Work History So Important?


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?