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Am I Disabled?

Posted by Adriana Hartley on Apr 24, 2018 3:49:52 PM

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Topics: Social Security Law

Cost of Living Adjustment for Service-Connected VA Benefits

Posted by Dan McAuliffe on Mar 24, 2018 12:24:30 PM

On February 15, the VA published a COLA adjustment notice in the Federal Register. The VA is required to notify Veterans of COLA chrisdorney / 123RF Stock Photo" width="300" height="200.57142857142858" style="width: 300px; float: right; margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;">adjustments by the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, P.L. 115–75. The law requires an increase in rates when the Social Security Administration increases benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act. The Social Security Administration announced a two-percent cost-of-living increase in benefits for 2018. The following rates for VA’s compensation program became effective on December 1, 2017:

Disability Percentage: Monthly Disability Compensation

10 .......................................... $136.24

20 .......................................... 269.30

30 .......................................... 417.15

40 .......................................... 600.90

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Topics: Social Security Law, Estate Planning, VA benefits

What Is The Average Wait Time For My Social Security Benefits?

Posted by Adriana Hartley on Mar 17, 2018 10:07:29 AM

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Topics: Social Security Law

Will My Trust Be Counted As An Asset For Supplemental Security Income?

Posted by Adriana Hartley on Mar 6, 2018 10:25:00 AM

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You May Be Eligible For A Waiver Of Overpayment On Improper Payments Issued By The Social Security Administration

Posted by Adriana Hartley on Feb 22, 2018 1:50:21 PM

When is a Payment Improper?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes very seriously its responsibility to reduce instances of improper payments. The SSA will deem payment improper if any payment results from an individual’s failure to rep
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Medical Records and Your Social Security Claim

Posted by Adriana Hartley on Jan 25, 2018 9:39:39 PM

Why Submitting All of Your Medical Records is Vital to Your Social Security Claimmedical records for ssdi claim

A lack of evidence is one of the fastest ways for the Social Security Administration (abbreviated as SSA) to deny your claim for benefits, and it is vital that you have every piece of evidence submitted to them for review. This blog addresses why it is so important to have your complete medical history documented and what to do if you are unable to access certain medical records.

How Do Medical Records Impact Your Application?

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What You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Insurance

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jan 16, 2018 11:24:00 AM

Under the Social Security Act of 1935, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides a mechanism for disabled workers to receive monthly benefits. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) administers this program, employing defined criteria to determine whether an applicant qualifies for SSDI benefits.

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Topics: Social Security Law, Veterans Disability Benefits

What is Supplemental Security Income?

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jan 12, 2018 8:48:00 AM

Under the Social Security Act of 1935, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that provides a mechanism for disabled workers to receive monthly benefits. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) administers this program, employing defined criteria to determine whether an applicant qualifies for SSI benefits. These benefits are available to individuals who do not have enough work history to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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Topics: Social Security Law, Veterans Disability Benefits

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 18, 2017 3:23:03 PM

 

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Each year, millions of individuals file for SSDI and other types of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, statistics reveal that only 30 percent of these claims are accepted. There are many reasons why the Social Security Administration denies an individual’s claims, but some of the most common reasons for these denials include the following elements. For individuals who wish to appeal a decision by the Social Security Administration, it is often important to understand the basis for these denials as well as to retain the assistance of a knowledgeable disability attorney who can help receive benefits.

 

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Topics: Social Security Law

Mental Consultative Examinations for SSDI Benefits

Posted by Joseph Whitcomb on Jul 13, 2017 8:43:18 AM

Mental Consultative Examinations for SSDI Benefits

Some individuals who seek to obtain disability benefits are required by the Social Security Administration to participate in a Mental Consultative Examination to provide the evidence necessary for the Administration’s decision about the individual’s potential disability. As a result, individuals frequently find it essential to obtain the assistance an experienced disability attorney to navigate these examinations, which can play a vital role in the disability process. 

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Topics: Social Security Law

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