Biggest Mistakes People Make in Applying for Disability

Here are some of the biggest mistakes we see people make in applying for disability benefits: 1. Not applying soon enough – many months of potential eligibility could be lost. 2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. 3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – and accepting a late onset date and […]

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Tax Day: Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

We are often asked at this time of year whether Social Security and SSI benefits are taxable. The answer depends upon a number of variables. Some people must pay taxes on their Social Security benefits. If you get Social Security, you should have received a Form SSA-1099, Social Security Benefit Statement, by early February. The […]

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Wait for Hearings Stretches in 2014

The long delays in processing applications for Social Security benefits has been the subject of years of analysis and dissatisfaction. Unfortunately it is not getting better, although the enormous backlogs have been reduced somewhat. There are still long delays at each of the application and appeal stages. The wait for a hearing – and hearing […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research is Promising

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most puzzling and damaging diseases that affects people. Put simply, the ailment destroys brain tissue. It can be a basis of a disability claim, as the evidence mounts. Within a matter of years, a person can go from a state of strong mental health to experiencing severe cognitive deficiencies. […]

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Women’s History Month: Frances Perkins, Social Security’s First Champion

Closing out March as Women’s History Month, we salute Frances Perkins, the first Chair of the Committee on Economic Security, and perhaps the person most responsible for establishing our Social Security system. When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as Governor of New York in 1929, he made Frances Perkins his chief labor officer. During her […]

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Win Your Claim Early in the Application Process

It’s always best to win a disability claim early in the process. It can take many months or even years to process all the steps of an appeal. Getting our legal help before you file is the best way to ensure that all the facts and evidence are lined up correctly. We can maximize your […]

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Vets with 100% Disability Get Expedited Social Security Disability

Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits. “We have reached another milestone for those who have sacrificed so much for our country and this process ensures they will get the benefits they need quickly,” […]

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Different Sources for Retirement and Disability Benefits

It’s always worth knowing every source of retirement or disability money. While most are familiar with regular Social Security, there are some workers who do not pay into this system. These can include government workers, military personnel, railroad workers and many teachers and even your local postal delivery person! These workers pay into a different […]

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Brain Injury Awaereness Month In March

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and our network of state affiliates, including self-advocates, families and volunteers across the nation, will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month this March. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone – a brain injury does not discriminate. In fact, 2.4 million Americans sustain a brain injury each […]

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Proposal Penalizes Disability Recipients Who Attempt Work

Social Security encourages disability payment recipients to return to work, in a complicated and highly regulated way. Thye can earnWouldn’t you know it: Just as social insurance advocates were breathing a sigh of relief that President Obama had dropped the obnoxious chained-CPI idea from his proposed budget, he sneaked another noxious idea into it. As […]

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