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OSHA Fraud Claim Upheld on Exam by Unqualified Social Security Doctor

The Social Security Administration often hires doctors to examine disability claimants, review their medical records and even come and testify against these wage earners who paid into this system. Lawyers often see reports from Social Security contract doctors that are unsigned, made by a physician of the wrong specialty area of medicine; and incomplete. In […]

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Child Support Garnishes Social Security benefits

From Business Insider: If you owe back child support — even back child support from decades ago — your Social Security check may be garnished under new U.S. Treasury rules. The new rules, which were actually written to protect Social Security recipients from garnishment of other debts, has a loophole that allows child support orders […]

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Recession Impacts Disability Applications

USA Today reports: Certain things can cause someone to become disabled — a chronic illness, for example, or an accident. One thing that should not cause people to be categorized as disabled is a recession. That appears to be happening with Social Security Disability Insurance, the 1950s-era expansion of the program best known for paying […]

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Unemployment Rate Continues to Impact Disability Applications

The Wall Street Journal reports that the market is flooded with qualified workers and employers can afford to be picky. As a result, workers with minor disabilities are facing increased adversity in their job search, according the Wall Street Journal. One employee, with minor hearing problems, was unable to find employment after almost a year […]

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What are Continuing Disability Reviews?

Social Security says: Q: Is there a time limit on Social Security disability benefits? A: Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you cannot work. Social Security will periodically review your case to determine whether you continue to be eligible. If you are still receiving disability benefits […]

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Long Wait for Medicare Fatal to Oregon Woman

Many are unaware of this fact: after one is found eligible for Social Security disability payments, there is a wait of 25 months until Medicare coverage begins. Sometimes the wait is fatal. Sue Sherman, the subject of a June 2010 story in The Oregonian about her quiet effort to raise awareness about the Medicare waiting […]

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As Unemployment Benefits Expire, Many Turn to Social Security

NPR reports that more than three million extra people are now collecting Social Security payments because of disability, than were in 2007. A new report from the Obama administration and others suggests that as people lose unemployment benefits, they’re going after disability benefits. Unemployment claims have been trickling down over the past few months, which […]

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Advocates Complain of Long Waits, Backlogs of Claims

The Wall Street Journal this week is running a series on the long delays at Social Security. The backlog of applications for disability benefits is so big the Social Security Administration has a special code—DXDI—for appeals dismissed because the applicant died waiting. Since 2005, the agency has made 15,043 DXDI designations. One person who died […]

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National Law Firms Criticized

After practicing in this area for decades we can say it could be transformed and cured if there were a way to get partial disability. Many could work part time. Many more could not and survive, literally, on these benefits which are our safety net. Do families want to support these sick people? Impossible in […]

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Accounting for Social Security Explained

Amid all the rhetoric about the Social Security program’s finances, here is a nice simple explanation and graphs from the New York Times showing where we are and how we got there: “Social Security is a pay-as-you-go program financed by payroll taxes on workers and employers. When its revenues fall short of the benefits it […]

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Independent Review of SSA Commissioned

Today’s Wall Street Journals says that “The Social Security Administration has commissioned an independent review of the federal disability system amid concerns it awards benefits to those who don’t deserve them and denies benefits to those who do. “A focus of the study is expected to be the work of roughly 1,500 administrative-law judges, who […]

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Doctors at Social Security Revolt: Pressured to Work Faster while Pay is Cut

Earlier this year, senior managers at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, frustrated by a growing backlog of applications for federal disability benefits, called meetings with 140 of the agency’s doctors. The message was blunt: The number of people seeking benefits had soared. Doctors had to work faster to move cases. Instead of earning $90 […]

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