Claimants Die Awaiting Hearings

As Social Security’s waits for hearing reach all time highs each month, The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives requested information about these statistics from Social security. Between September 15,2015 and September 1, 2016, 7987 such claimants died. The average person who died was 50 years old, and had waited 403 days for a […]

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Why Social Security is Important for the Young

Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits. Retired workers and their dependents make up just 71% of total benefits paid. Disabled workers and their dependents account for 16% of total benefits paid.  About 90 percent of workers age 21-64 in covered employment in 2016 and their families have this protection in the event […]

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Disabled With Student Loan Debt?

From the Washington Post: People who have been found disabled by Social Security were still obligated to repay student loans, but still face a financial quagmire. They are saddled with thousands of dollars in loans they struggle to repay. The Obama administration negotiated debt relief with the Department of Education, but the Treasury Department refuses […]

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Can You Really Work FULL time?

The standard for qualifying for Social Security disability is the inability to do full-time work. This means being able to show up for work on a predicatable, sustained baisis, 40 hours a week, 8 hours a day. If a claimant can’t technically qualify under the Medical Guidelines, he or she may be still able to […]

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Biggest Mistakes in Applying for Disability

Here’s a list of some of the most common mistakes made in applying for benefits: 1. Not applying soon enough. 2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial. 3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the back benefit award. 4. Not reapplying if a […]

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December 1st is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time […]

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When to Get Legal Help on Your Claim

People ask just when they should consult an attorney on a disability claim. Whether someone has already filed a claim or just wants to know about Social Security disability law, it is best to get legal advice right away. Filing delays can reduce benefits in some cases, because retroactive benefits are paid based on the […]

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Even Longer Waits for Disability Hearings

The news on the wait for an administrative law judge hearing just keeps getting worse! Many claimants wait well over a year, and this is after initial appeals are finished. Each step can add 3-6 months to the process, and then there is the unconscionable wait for a hearing before and Administrative Law Judge. Part […]

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Veterans’ Medical Records Go Electronically To Social Security

On Veteran’s Day, November 11, the new eHealth Exchange will go live, nationally, to all Social Security disability case processing sites. This enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their […]

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Quick Facts about Social Security Disability

56 million Americans, one in five, live with disabilities. Thirty-eight million disabled Americans, one in ten, live with severe disabilities. Disability is something many Americans, especially younger people, think can only affect the lives of other people. Tragically, thousands of young people are seriously injured or killed, often as the result of traumatic events. Many […]

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