Social Security and Disability Law | Law Firm Newswire

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2018 – Millions of Americans receive Social Security benefits each month. While most recipients qualify based on their work history, the Social Security Administration provides monthly benefits to about five million Americans based on their disability alone. These Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits can make a critical difference in the lives of those with severe disabilities who cannot work due to their conditions. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, SSI benefits do not require that an applicant have a previous work history. Instead, SSI benefits are available to anyone who is over […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on all aspects of society, including government operations. The Social Security Administration (SSA) was not immune. While the SSA attempted to conduct as much business as it could over the phone and online, cases came in at a far greater rate than the SSA could resolve them. The system is only now getting back up to speed. Up until May of this year, only 70 percent of providers were currently performing consultative exams. As a result of pandemic-related closures and restrictions, the average wait […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2021 – Social Security is a safety net for millions of Americans. While everyone who works will eventually qualify for Social Security benefits upon their retirement, the Social Security Administration also provides important benefits to those who experience disability long before retirement. However, the Social Security system is commonly misunderstood, and everything about the Social Security Administration and the benefits it oversees is quite complex. Adding to the confusion are many widely believed myths that, while inaccurate, tend to frame people’s perception of Social Security benefits. Below are just a few. Social Security […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2021 – Those who have bipolar disorder may receive social security benefits, although proving eligibility is not always straightforward. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal agency responsible for paying various types of benefits. One of the most common benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI benefits. SSDI benefits are available to individuals who have earned a certain amount of “work credits” over their lives. However, even those who do not have sufficient work credits may still receive Social Security benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they belong to […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on everyone’s life in many ways. Some people are without work, others cannot see their loved ones, and many are struggling to meet the financial demands of everyday life. However, the ill effects of the pandemic are not limited to individuals. In a recent letter to Congress, Andrew Saul, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), explained the “negative impact” that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the Administration. These impacts are affecting not only the Administration but also individuals who are […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2021 – Determining when to begin receiving Social Security benefits is a crucial determination that is different for everyone. For millions of Americans, Social Security benefits are a critical source of income in their post-retirement years. However, deciding when to begin receiving Social Security benefits to maximize the total lifetime amount of benefits can be challenging. Once an individual reaches the age of 62, they can elect to begin receiving benefits. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) pays a reduced amount of benefits to those who elect to receive benefits before reaching “full […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2021 – Important changes lie ahead in 2021 for many Social Security recipients. Each year, the Social Security Administration (SSA), the government organization responsible for overseeing the payment of all Social Security benefits, makes certain adjustments. It is essential to understand these changes for those who receive benefits or plan to receive benefits in the future. Regarding the upcoming changes for 2021, the SSA has announced the following: COLA Increase – Earlier this year, the SSA announced that it would be increasing the monthly benefit amount by 1.3 percent to account for inflation. The […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 01, 2021 – According to the Social Security Administration, more than 70 million Americans receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. The purpose of these benefits is to provide a reliable source of income for retired workers and the disabled. Due to inflationary pressures, the Social Security Administration adjusts the maximum amount of benefits each year. This is referred to as a cost-of-living adjustment. Recently, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2021 will be 1.3 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s which was 1.6 percent, and is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 30, 2020 – According to the Social Security Administration, more than 70 million Americans receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. The purpose of these benefits is to provide a reliable source of income for retired workers and the disabled. Due to inflationary pressures, the Social Security Administration adjusts the maximum amount of benefits each year. This is referred to as a cost-of-living adjustment. Recently, the Social Security Administration announced that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2021 will be 1.3 percent. This year’s increase is lower than last year’s which was 1.6 percent, and is […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2020 – The United State Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of benefits to former members of the armed forces. These benefits are in recognition of servicemembers’ commitment to their country, as well as the effects that a disability, disease or other injury can have on a veteran and their family. VA also provides monthly cash payments to the surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents or servicemembers who died during active military service, or after discharge from military service, as a result of a service-connected disability. Recently, a democratic lawmaker […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic took the nation by surprise, changing the day-to-day lives of every American in countless ways. While the federal government’s stimulus bills provided citizens with some financial relief during these challenging times, these bills also put a significant strain on the country’s budget. So much, in fact, that some experts are hypothesizing that Social Security coffers could dry up much sooner than expected, unless action is taken. According to a recent news report, the Social Security Trust Fund could be depleted by 2031 as a result of the coronavirus […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2020 – Millions of Americans rely on Social Security as their main source of income. However, over the past few months, the federal government has spent billions of dollars in economic stimulus to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many share the concern that this massive increase in spending will jeopardize the Social Security system which, by all accounts, was already in danger. Saving the Social Security System for future generations will be an enormous challenge. Currently, lawmakers’ concern is focused on overcoming the effects of the pandemic, however, once the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2020 – Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can take months, or even years, under normal circumstances. Of course, the country is not currently operating under normal circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 17, 2020, all Social Security Administration (SSA) offices are closed with no current re-opening date set. While the SSA continues to provide “critical services” during the pandemic, there have been reports of 90-minute wait times to speak with a representative over the phone. Applying for SSDI benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic raises many challenges for […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2020 – Given the profound impact of the novel coronavirus and the attendant closures of schools and businesses, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES) Act. Chief among the provisions of the CARES Act is the one-time payment of a stimulus check to qualifying individuals. Many who live with a disability and qualify for public assistance will receive a stimulus check. However, some have raised concerns about how the stimulus check will affect those with disabilities.  Regardless of employment status, anyone is eligible for a stimulus check, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2020 – Early this year, the novel coronavirus landed in the United States, disrupting the lives of Floridians. Of course, for older Americans and many who live with a serious disability, the health risks posed by the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also known, is a significant concern. However, everyone has been impacted; not just by the virus itself but also by the government’s response to slow the spread of the virus.  To help combat the negative economic effects that everyday people are experiencing as a result of the pandemic, the federal […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2020 – On Thursday, May 7th, Mandy Kelly, partner of Disability Law Group, is co-hosting a webinar with attorney Michele Fuller of Michigan Law Center. The webinar promises to be immensely helpful to veterans looking to create or improve their estate plans in order to best protect their assets and their loved ones. Mandy’s subjects are of primary concern to veterans, especially during these challenging times, including types of VA benefits available, such as VA service connection disability benefits and non-service connection pensions. This is an excellent workshop for United States veterans, designed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2020 – A November 2019 Trump administration proposal would change the way continuing disability reviews occur for thousands of Social Security disability recipients. The Social Security Administration (SSA) dispenses disability benefits in two main ways. The SSA provides Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to individuals according to their prior Social Security tax contributions and work history. The SSA provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to individuals according to their disability status and inability to work. About 8.5 million Americans receive SSDI, while 8 million receive SSI. The SSA conducts continuing disability reviews to determine […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 17, 2020 – Disability Law Group is pleased to announce that attorney Erika A. Riggs has been included in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. Marquis Who’s Who directories include the biographies of millions of leaders in multiple fields throughout the nation and around the world. Marquis Who’s Who in American Law highlights top lawyers who have distinguished themselves by providing their clients with informed representation and going beyond the call of duty to help them find justice. A highly regarded disability lawyer and partner at Disability Law Group, Mrs. Riggs focuses her practice […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2020 – Each year the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes changes to the program. Changes for 2020 include the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits and a boost in the amount someone can earn without forfeiting any benefits. Here are some changes taking effect in 2020: Cost of living adjustment: Recipients of Social Security benefits received a 1.6 percent increase for 2020. The increase started on December 31, 2019, for Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Retirement recipients can look for the raise in their January […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2019 – The Social Security Administrative (SSA) and SSA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the launch of a dedicated online reporting form to report Social Security imposter scams. The agencies are to analyze the data collected for trends and common elements to help identify scammers. The goals are to disrupt the scammers, reduce this type of fraud and cut down on the number of people falling victim to the scams. Social Security scams soared over the past year, becoming the number one type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission […]


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