» Social Security and Disability Law

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2018 – There has been a rise in the risk of identity theft concerning Social Security Administration (SSA) online accounts. This could be due to the fact that over 34 million people currently perform business with the SSA online. Because the agency no longer sends yearly benefit statements via mail, a MySSA account is the only means by which to acquire an estimate of future benefits. Florida social security disability attorney David W. Magann says, “If you qualify for Social Security benefits or will in the near future, it would be to your […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2018 – In order to be eligible for Medicaid, monthly gross income, from all sources, is required to be $2,205 or less. However, some individuals may be concerned that they will not qualify for Medicaid if they receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits in the maximum monthly amount of $2,687. Consider the case of Amanda, who worked for 35 years prior to retiring at age 56. Because of early onset Alzheimer’s, she became incompetent at age 61, and was placed in a nursing home. After she retired, she was without any income, and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2018 – The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) has been engaging in a practice of unlawfully delaying the release of records veterans need to appeal denials of VA disability benefits. Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC, has filed a lawsuit to seek judicial assistance in ending this unlawful practice that makes it more difficult for veterans to obtain their benefits, and to obtain the records it needs to represent three veterans seeking VA disability compensation. The lawsuit was filed on February 8, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2018 – After a four-year-old girl was denied access to accommodations that were necessary to treat her disability at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office, her mother spoke out for disabilities awareness. The girl suffers from a metabolic disorder that prevents her body from correctly regulating blood sugar; therefore, she experiences a loss of energy rapidly and requires recurrent feedings via a tube in her stomach. As reported by KWTX, the girl’s mother, Terrin Barker-Thomas, said she and her daughter went to the Social Security Administration office in November 2017. Upon attempting to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2017 – Austin-based civil rights and tech attorney Omar W. Rosales scored a second Appellate victory in an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Civil Rights case where U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision to deny attorney’s fees was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on December 14, 2017 in 17-50109, Deutsch v. Becerra, Inc. Yeakel first denied ADA attorney’s fees and was reversed by the Fifth Circuit on August 29, 2016 in 16-50164, Deutsch v. Becerra, Inc. Yeakel then reduced the fees requested and said that any […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2017 – When confronted with injuries that prevent someone from having the ability to earn a living, there can be overwhelming medical expenses. While health insurance may cover the cost of emergency medical treatments and hospitalization, it will not cover loss of income. However, disability insurance can provide this type of coverage. Disability insurance is crucial because disability impacts a persons capacity to earn an income when their medical expenses can increase dramatically. Such is the experience of those who survive a sudden tragedy, as in the case of the recent mass shooting […]


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Bigger Law Firm Magazine guides its readers through adapting to the latest in legal marketing and technology in the newest print issue. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2017 – Dexter Tam takes on link building in the feature article, describing the necessity of link connections through Search Engine Optimization (SEO) that leads to higher rates on Google search engine results pages. SEO includes website content, promotion and links, noting that some links are more valuable than others due to their origin and domain authority. Staying proactive with link building can lead to further success for a firm; […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2017 – Several older Americans who have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will miss a September 30 deadline for enrollment in Medicare Part B and, according to advocates, they will require additional time to make the change. Medicare Part B covers visits to the doctor and outpatient services. Usually when people do not sign up for Medicare Part B upon first becoming eligible at age 65, they must pay late enrollment penalties. They will have to pay this penalty for the length of time they have Part B. The penalties […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2017 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been taking an inordinate amount of time to make a determination on an individual’s disability benefits. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) admits that this has been a perpetual problem. An investigation conducted by News 6 revealed that it can take a maximum of two years to obtain a hearing before a judge. Some applicants say they have been waiting longer than two years. Tampa, Florida social security disability lawyer, David W. Magann, states “It is highly objectionable that social security applicants are compelled to wait […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2017 – Law firms want to know how and why a client makes first contact, and Bigger Law Firm magazine has the answers. In the feature article, Brendan Conley explains the science behind how people, including clients, make decisions. He draws a series of distinctions between the perfectly rational, but fictional, beings that economists and others imagine people to be, and reactive, often illogical, real-world human beings. Understanding how decisions are made can help a firm make sound marketing decisions. As Dipal Parmar explains in the Virtual Impression update, a good website […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2017 – In 2016, voters in Florida helped pass Amendment Three, a 100 percent property tax exemption to first responders who suffered a permanent disability while on duty. The tax Exemption for Permanently and Totally Disabled First Responders Amendment applies to police, fire, jail and EMS workers who are completely and permanently disabled due to an injury suffered in the line of duty. However, there are some first responders who have encountered challenges that have adversely affected their eligibility. One such person is April Bulla, a disabled former medic. Bulla said eight years […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 14, 2017 – Retired Detective “Joe” Locus who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cancer is facing the possibility of eviction. In addition, Locus has been denied social security disability benefits. Locus, a single father, resides in Punta Gorda, Florida. From 2003 to 2007, Locus was named Officer of the Year with his sheriff’s office. He was commended for his investigative skills and his positive relationship with the community. However, in 2008, Locus was injured on the job, and his PTSD started to take its toll on his marriage. As a result, he […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2017 – Building financial security is an important consideration for the family members and friends of individuals with special needs. Special care must be taken, though, in setting aside funds for the well-being of these individuals. A special needs trust is an estate planning tool that protects funds intended to enrich the life of a loved one with special needs, while preserving eligibility for public benefits. Littman Krooks LLP is hosting a free workshop on special needs trusts. Amy O’Hara, Esq., will present up-to-date information on various aspects of special needs planning, […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2017 – Depression, anxiety and mental health issues pose challenges for many students. Facing the transition from adolescence to young adulthood can trigger or unmask depression or anxiety in some young adults. If your college-bound student is susceptible to depression or anxiety, you should understand the transition process, student and parent rights, and how to seek help in a potential crisis. Join us for a free workshop: How to Transition a Student with Anxiety to College Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM Place: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2017 – While the majority of people would consider buying life insurance, few individuals would contemplate purchasing disability insurance. Although Social Security provides some disability insurance, it is restricted. Social Security disability payments are comparatively small. In 2015, the average monthly disability benefit was just $1,165. But that may be inadequate if it is an individual’s principal source of income. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), an individual is disabled if they are unable to work because of a serious medical condition that has afflicted, or is anticipated to afflict, the person […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2017 – Hundreds of people who previously worked in the coal-mining industry in Kentucky and West Virginia have been embroiled in a fight with the federal government to retain their Social Security Disability (SSD) checks. All of them were represented by a flashy attorney named Eric C. Conn, who referred to himself as “Mr. Social Security.” However, federal officials allege that Conn directed fraudulent claims in the amount of $600 million to this poverty-stricken area of Appalachia, and the government halted the disability payments. The suspension of such payments affected hundreds of Conn’s […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – Advocates for those who have taken out student loans claim that the government has been aggressive in its collection of such debts, even from borrowers who qualify for a disability discharge. One person who was adversely affected by the government’s collection efforts is army veteran Hector Rodriguez. During the 1970s, he took out student loans to attend college. However, eventually, he was forced to drop out because he was often hospitalized. Rodriguez subsequently defaulted on the debt, as was revealed in a lawsuit he filed against several government agencies in December […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid deceased federal employees $1.7 million in benefits for an average of seven years after they died. According to an audit by the inspector general, the error occurred due to the SSA’s failure to crosscheck beneficiaries’ death files with the Office of Personnel Management. As a result, the deaths were not logged in SSA records. The office manages the administration of retirement benefits and other services for government workers. “The erroneous benefit payments account for a handful of cases out of the millions the SSA processes […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) has introduced a controversial new measure to improve website security. Individuals who want to manage their benefits online are now required to provide a cellphone number in order to access their “my Social Security” accounts. In addition to their username and password, users must enter an eight-digit security code sent by a text message to their cellphone. A new code is required each time someone logs on to the SSA website as it is valid for only 10 minutes. Such security practices — known as multifactor […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2016 – New projections from trustees indicate that Social Security will begin to outspend its earnings by the end of the decade. The annual report cautioned that action was required sooner rather than later to boost funds and avoid disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on the government program. Social Security’s financial outlook remains unchanged from last year’s projection. The program is likely to run out of funds by 2034. The date applies to the Disability Insurance (DI) and Old-Age and Survivors Insurance trust funds. Trustees warned that Congress’ failure […]


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