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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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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2019 – Erika A. Riggs, a disability attorney from the Michigan based law firm Disability Law Group has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell® Preeminent Peer Review Rating™. The AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating is given by peers as a recognition not only of superior legal knowledge and skill but integrity and elevated ethical standards. Such recognition only comes to 10 percent of all attorneys. To be included in this elite group is a remarkable honor. Erika A. Riggs received her law degree from Wayne State University while devoting significant time to public service and education, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a free mobile application (app) for veterans and their caregivers that organizes several tools and resources to help veterans take charge of their health care. The VA has developed several apps to extend services beyond the walls of VA medical facilities and to help veterans and their caregivers manage their health care. The VA Online Scheduling app lets veterans request and track appointments. The VA Video Connect app secures video visits with the VA care team. The PTSD Coach app gives veterans information […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 06, 2019 – Disability Law Group paralegals provide support to members of the firm’s Veteran’s Disability and Social Security Disability practice. Disability Law Group represents disabled individuals at varying stages of the application and appeals process before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). Paralegals work alongside the attorneys and case managers to provide support and complete case development for each client with particular emphasis on record review and document drafting. Strong research and writing skills with keen attention to detail are required. Disability Law Group, prides themselves on […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2019 – A congressional report revealed the Social Security Administration (SSA) and seven other federal agencies have failed to adequately defend the personal information of millions of Americans from cyberattacks. The weaknesses in the agencies’ outdated IT systems and lack of basic cybersecurity defenses have left them susceptible to various threats. The report was released by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) led a 10-month review of data on the IT systems and cybersecurity standards of eight federal agencies from the last […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2019 – The Trump Administration is seeking to modify a federal regulation that would lead to thousands of people with disabilities to lose eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments if they are unable to communicate in English. Under the revised policy, the Social Security Administration (SSA) says lack of English proficiency is no longer an obstacle due to the U.S. workforce becoming “more linguistically diverse.” The Trump Administration suggested there are ample jobs available in which speaking, reading or writing English is not a significant factor. “It seems the rule change […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2019 – Social Security trustees released their annual report on April 22 that projected the Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund would remain solvent until 2052, an additional 20 years than previously estimated. The main trust fund for Social Security is Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI). The estimated depletion date for that fund remains unchanged at 2034. However, if money from the disability program was used to cover OASI shortcomings, Social Security would become insolvent by 2035, just a year later than predicted in last year’s report. “The financial health of Social Security depends […]


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Troy, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2019 – On Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Disability Law Group also known as the Law Offices of Kelly, Riggs & Mansour, PLC hosted a Free Community Resource Clinic with the intention of helping the public get their legal questions answered in conjunction with a free health screening. The event took place at the Troy Community Center in room 303. This comprehensive clinic, which was open to the public, provided legal advice on a wide variety of topics. Attorneys Mandy Kelly, Erika Riggs, and Randall Mansour offered their expertise […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2019 – A jury found a trauma surgeon in Shreveport, Louisiana, guilty of stealing Social Security disability benefits totaling over $200,000. He was convicted on a single count of concealing or failing to disclose an event affecting right to a government benefit and 20 counts of theft of government property. The federal jury delivered the guilty verdict in U.S. District Court in Shreveport after about 10 hours of deliberations. Dr. John Owings, 58, was trauma chief at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center. He received disability payments for nine years while simultaneously […]


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